For single servings, there are plenty of individual infusers available. Compact ‘tea eggs’ can be handy if you want to enjoy loose leaf tea on the go, or have limited cupboard space. Ideally though, we want to give our leaves room to ‘breathe’. Tea leaves naturally begin to expand and unfurl in hot water. By squashing them into tight tea infusers, we can miss out on the beautiful depths of flavour within.
At the Twinings Tea Bar on the Strand, we love ‘bucket-style’ stainless steel infusers. As well as being spacious, these are much less fiddly to clean! Simply tap the waste leaves into your bin, rinse, and clean by hand, or pop straight into the dishwasher.
Finally, plastic mesh infusers are a lighter and often more affordable option. However, they can be less durable, more easily stained, and sometimes leave a detectable aftertaste. Click here to learn about how the materials of your equipment affects the flavour of your tea.