Tea Accessories

Teapot Review: Adagio PersonaliTEA

PersonaliTEA

Company/Brand Name: Adagio

Teaware Name: PersonaliTEA

AGWT Rating: 4.8/5

I’ll just come out and say it up front, I love it! Of course, I am a bit biased because this is my first official full-sized teapot.

I’ve been using a 6-ounce glass teapot for a few months now and it has worked well for doing tea reviews. But, it was time consuming to keep running back and forth from the kitchen to boil more water for tea.

With my new PersonaliTEA teaware, I can make three cups of brew at one time. Needless to say, I am now drinking much more tea.

Awesomeness Qualities:

Stay Cool Handle – The handle stays cool to the touch even when brewing tea in boiling water. This is a huge plus, because it makes it easy to transport it from the kitchen to another area without having to rummage about for a pot holder or other heat protective gear.

Stay-In-Place-Lid – The lid stays in place even when pouring.

Durable Ceramic – It is made of thick and sturdy ceramic; this isn’t one of those dainty teapots by any means.

Stainless Steel Infuser – A stainless steel mesh infuser basket is included, so you can do more than one infusion if so desired. In addition, small sized tea leaves won’t escape into the brew and give you chunky tea. I don’t know about you, but I hate chunky tea!

Oh, and did I mention that you can purchase extra infusers? I like to have an extra one on hand, just in case the original becomes damaged somehow (use your imagination here).

Dishwasher Safe – Of course this doesn’t cover the human form of dishwasher—the hand washer who is all thumbs!

Well-Designed Spout – I haven’t spilled a drop of tea yet!

The Price is Right – For a meager $14.00 you get all the above, that’s a bargain in my book.

Not So Appealing Qualities:

Infuser Basket Rim Gets Hot – Since the infuser basket is metal, the rim gets hot when introduced to boiling water. This makes it tricky to remove without burning ones fingers. I’ve resorted to using the tip of a knife to pry the infuser up enough to remove safely.

PersonaliTEA Infuser Basket

Infuser Basket Not Large Enough – For leaves that need a lot of room to unfurl, I’ve found the infuser basket to be just not quite large enough. To compensate for this, I’ve tried using less dried leaf and steeping for a little longer or not using the infuser basket at all.

When not using the infuser basket, the spout does work as a strainer. There are holes punched into the body of the teapot where the spout is connected, which stops larger leaves from escaping.

However, then there is the dilemma of having to pour all the tea out at once so as not to over steep the leaves.  This requires having a second teapot on hand. I guess I need to buy another teapot!

Infuser Basket Mesh Too Large for Rooibos – As I had stated above, I don’t like having chunks in my tea. The infuser basket works great for most teas, but teas like rooibos that can have tiny particles would fair better in a product with a finer mesh basket.

Although, I have used this teapot with rooibos blends and the particles tend to stay on the bottom of the teapot and don’t seem to bother my cup much at all.

There you have it. My teaware review of Adagio’s PersonaliTEA teapot. I hope it was helpful.

I Want This Teapot!

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Adagio

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Living a Loose Leaf Tea Lifestyle: A Commitment?

Tea Time

It has been just four short months since I made the commitment to start drinking loose tea. I thought it would be fun to take a look back and see what changes I’ve made to accommodate my loose tea lifestyle.

Loose Tea Seemed Too Complicated

During my tea bag years the thought of drinking loose tea seemed much too complicated.

First of all, I had no idea how to steep the leaves without having leafy chunks in my cup. Using an infuser/filter was a totally foreign concept to me at the time. Consequently, I placed the idea of drinking loose tea into an imaginary box in my mind labeled: I don’t have time to figure this out right now.

Plus, if it wasn’t on the grocery store shelf, I didn’t buy it. I was totally resistant to trying something new. This was partly due to the fact that I had had many undesirable taste experiences with off-the-shelf brands.

When I finally found a tea brand that I liked, I stuck to that brand for years. I ended up drinking a very limited selection of tea and rarely left my comfort zone of safe teas to drink.

But for some reason, a few months ago I decided to venture outside the tea bag. This required a few changes in how I approached buying and preparing tea. In a way, my loose tea drinking had become a commitment I was willing to make.

The Loose Leaf Tea Commitment

Here are the changes I’ve made to accommodate my new loose tea lifestyle.

Change #1:

I now spend a lot more time on the purchasing process. Unlike tea bags, I can’t simply go down to my local grocery store and find a variety of loose teas. Instead, I have to go online or travel an hour away to find a teashop.

I find myself spending a good 30 to 90 minutes every couple months on tea webstores like Adagio, American Tea Room and Art of Tea. Part of that time is spent reading tea reviews. The rest of the time, I’m like a kid in a candy store who can’t make up her mind which tea to buy because they all look so good!

When I only bought tea at the grocery store, the main challenge was trying to find a tea that actually tasted good. Now, my main challenge is trying to choose among a wide selection of delicious teas I want to try!

Change #2:

Next, drinking loose tea does require some additional equipment.

Tea Accessories

First of all, an infuser basket (e.g., Finum Brewing Basket) teapot or paper filter (e.g., Finum Paper Filter) is a necessity. That is if you don’t want tea leaves floating in your brew.

Here again, like trying to find loose tea locally, it is very difficult to find a variety (if any) infusers or teapots in my hometown. Unless of course, I want to use a tea ball strainer. Ugh! I’ve learned that these contraptions are fairly useless—they don’t allow enough room for the tea leaves to expand during steeping.

Another tea accessory I have found handy is a thermometer; I use it when I want to make sure the water temperature is just right for the tea I want to prepare. Luckily, it is pretty easy to find a thermometer at nearly any store that sells kitchen gadgets.

In addition, I’ve spent a small fortune on just tea canisters to keep the tea fresh longer. I also like to use a teaspoon to measure the tea. I’m not very good at using the “just a pinch” method of measurement.

Lastly, something I’ve come to believe is a requisite to fully enjoy the taste of loose tea is a water filtration system. I personally use an inexpensive Brita Water Pitcher with Filter and have found it quite convenient.

Change #3:

I’ve also been taking a little more time to prepare loose tea.

First, I use my Brita Water Pitcher to filter fresh tap water.

Next, I wash my infuser basket or teapot (if I haven’t done so already). If using a paper filter, I can skip this step. But I think it actually takes more time trying to get the tea to fit into a small paper filter then it does to measure it into an infuser basket or teapot. Therefore, I don’t use paper filters very often.

Then, I measure the tea with a teaspoon and place in teapot or infuser basket.

Once the water has been filtered, I pour it into an Electric Water Kettle and wait for the water to boil.

If I’m steeping tea that needs a water temperature below boiling, like a green tea, this takes a little extra time. I have to wait for the water to cool to the temperature I want before adding the leaves to brew. Although, it’s definitely worth the wait!

Lastly, I pour the hot water over the tea leaves and let them steep for the appropriate amount of time based on the tea I am using.

Overall, it really doesn’t take that much more time to brew a cup of loose tea than it takes to use a conventional tea bag but, it feels like it takes much longer.

It’s all perception I guess.

It Is Worth the Commitment

Despite having to spend a little extra time planning my tea purchases, finding tea accessories and preparing loose leaf tea, the effort is worth it.

I’ve never enjoyed tea as much as I have these past four months. Tea bags just cannot compare to loose tea when it comes to taste. It’s worth the commitment.

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Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

What are your thoughts about loose tea being a commitment? Or, how do you prepare your loose tea?