Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Worth It! The Perfect Cup

     I realized it had been a while since I'd done a "Worth It" post. We all have those things we love that we would replace immediately if something happened to them. Today I will share another one of my "must haves" with you. Several years ago I discovered a store in mall somewhere called Teavana. They are the Starbucks of tea. They sold it in leaf form, they had beautiful pots and you could order a freshly made perfect cup of tea to take with you. Don't get me wrong, I love my coffee...but, I also love a perfect cup of tea. As I watched them make the tea, I noticed how they were making several cups at a time using an interesting gadget for each cup. Needless to say, I went home with the Teavana Perfect Tea Maker ($17.99).  

This is actually my second one. I use it every day, so I eventually wore the first one out.

     I love Oolong tea. Teavana has great teas, but I usually buy mine at a funky little shop in Nashville. Davis Cookware and Cutlery Shop is an old, family run business and they know their tea. The prices are good and they just bag it up for you. The first time I purchased it there and went home with my two Ziploc bags full...I felt as if I might get arrested for carrying around pot. It really is tea and it is delicious. They don't have a website, but they will ship if you call them (615-298-4728). I only hope they were not damaged by the recent floods. 

You simply use a heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per cup.

     I use very hot water (just below the boiling point) from our dispenser. It is another one of my "must haves" as the water where we live just doesn't taste very good!

This is the tea when the water is first put in the cup.

This is the tea after 3 minutes...the perfect cup!

You simply sit the Teavana cup onto a large mug and
the tea drains into the cup, the leaves stay behind.

This is what is left, and you can make a second cup of tea using the same leaves.

Care to join me for that perfect cup of tea?

I am linking with Lady Katherine @ Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
for Tea Time Tuesday. Please stop by to visit her!


Tammy@InStitches said...

That is so neat ! I know someone who needs one of those.

kim said...

Sue, we have one of those shops in the mall near us. I have gone in, but never purchased anything. That looks like a neat way to make tea and get a second cup out of it is great.

Karen said...

Sue! Can you hear your doorbell ringing? That'd be me! And I have some fabulous tea brought back from Hong Kong by a dear friend. A black Jasmine and it is AWESOME! Can you smell it? It tastes just like it smells.
In fact she started cracking up when I first told her that. Cause some of the stuff she gets me . . . well . . . it can be kind of different. One time she wanted me to go to lunch with her in the middle of a hockey tournament but the place she had picked out had dead chickens hanging from the ceiling and I freaked out! She was born in Hong Kong and it is very interesting to learn their customs. But there was no way I was going to eat in that place! Gives me the willies just thinking about it . . .
Thanks for this post. Ya gotta love the perfect cup of tea.
HAGD! Karen

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That does look like the perfect cup, and I like your little snack with it, too, Sue! Hope you are feeling better.


Sheila :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My that looks wonderful. What a perfect way to make a cup of tea.


dee dee said...

I've never seen anything like this before, how very cool! I will have to keep this in mind for future gifts for tea drinkers!
Thanks for sharing... Dee Dee

FrugalMom said...

I don't drink tea, but it really does seem like a fantastic invention.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
Well my friend gave me a cute little glass tea thingy once.. to make single cups and I use it a lot for herbal teas.. so can understand your love of your gadget.. very clever... By the was the photos of your two little boys [grandkids?] are just adorable.. so cute.. but hang on.. are you old enough for grandkids???? [sucking up there!!!]

Well my dear friend.. thank you SOOOOO much for your kind birthday wishes.. really made my day.. xxx Julie

Maya said...

It's been ages since I last had a tea in leaf form -too much work, haha.

Maria said...

I agree with everyone here... how COOL is that mug!
Love loose tea... so flavorful...
My sister is my tea "guru"

The second cup is that lovely little extra we feel we're getting from life! love it!
*Hope your mom is doing better*

sildenafil said...

Interesting post and I think we can share some recipes together because Oolong tea is an atypical drink but I will do my best to find more about it. 2j3j

pharmacy said...

I would love to have something like this. It would make that easy to do ice tea to share with my friend in the book club.