Tovolo In-Mug Tea Infuser

Tovole In Mug Tea InfuserI think I have mentioned in the past that I am a big tea drinker and I do prefer loose leaf tea. The only problem with that however as it is more of a hassle to make it especially for one person than say a tea bag. I also tend to use a mug for my tea rather than a cup and saucer.

That’s why I like this Tovolo In-Mug Tea Infuser, Green. It removes the hassle of hauling the teapot out of the cupboard to make a cup of tea.

When I first saw this though I couldn’t quite figure out how it worked. It’s definitely odd looking but very simple in its design.

Basically the bottom part of the infuser is just a base. This is where the tea infuser rests when not in use. So you just remove the infuser from the base and place it into your mug. Then you add your loose leaf tea and then pour the hot water into the mug. Simple!Tovole In Mug Tea Infuser

It would have to be a lot simpler than filling up those tea balls. They can be fiddly and if you don’t close them up properly you can have the tea leaves floating everyone in your cup.

The only drawback to this infuser is that if you have any herbal type teas that have a fine residue like chamomile for instance then you may find it floating in your mug. But I think this is just pretty much standard for most infusers.

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Rosanna 12 Days of Christmas Mugs

rosanna-12-days-christmas-mugsA reminder of the Christmas countdown, this set of Rosanna 12 Days of Christmas Mugs will bring to mind the partridge in a pear tree each time you pause for a drink during the build up to Christmas day.

The mugs portray the partridge in a pear tree, the 12 drummers, Scottie dogs, swans, the Eiffel Tower,  ballerinas, five 24-karat golden rings and other characters from the song.

These generous sized mugs hold 12 ounces of liquid, now that’s a lot of mulled wine  to drink when you are celebrating at Christmastime.

The gift box contains  4 attractive  mugs which are all  in the one design, and these mugs will go nicely with the  matching dinner plates and appetizer plates that are also  available.

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Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot

Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility TeapotI am a big tea drinker. I love it and will have up to 4 to 6 cups a day with my preference being green or white tea. Tea making is a bit of an art. Sure, you can toss a tea bag in a cup pour boiling water over it and have your cup of tea, but if you want to really make tea then you need the right equipment.

This Old Dutch 38-Ounce Cast-Iron Nobility Teapot is an absolute beauty. Any tea drinker would love to be serving their tea out of this one.

The tea pot has a 380z capacity so if we consider that an average cup is around 8oz then you are looking at 4 to 5 cups of tea out of a single pot.

Note that this pot isn’t meant for boiling water in. It is just a brewing teapot so you will need to boil your water in a kettle first before adding to the teapot.

The inner surface is coated with black enamel so you won’t need to worry about the cast iron leaching into your tea. It also helps to prevent rusting.

The great thing about cast iron is that it retains heat extremely well so your tea will stay warmer for much longer than regular tea pots.

It also comes with a stainless steel insert for when using loose tea leaves.

The Old Dutch Cast Iron Nobility Teapot is available in pale blue and moss green.

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REVIEW: DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

delonghi-ec155-espresso-makerThe DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker would have to be one of the best value for money espresso makers on the market today. With it’s Italian design and engineering this Delonghi coffee maker has the features that make this stand out from its peers.

One of the best features of this machine is the ability to take both ground coffee and pod coffee. For convenience sake, the pods are a quick and easy way to make coffee but the beauty of this machine is that you can also use your own ground coffee. You have the choice of convenience or complete control.

The second really cool feature of this espresso machine is that it has a dual-function filter holder. So not only does it filter but it also mixes air into the brew. So what’s so good about that you’re probably asking? Well the air is what creates the smooth frothy topping, or crema as it is called, on the top of your espresso.

What We Like

  • It has a removable water tank which makes it easy to fill.
  • It has a removable drip tray which makes clean up a lot easier.
  • The self priming operation means that you don’t have the problem of start up preparation.
  • You can use both ground coffee or ESE (Easy Serve Espresso certified) pods in this coffee maker.
  • It comes with a swivel jet frother for making cappuccinos and lattes.
  • The nice compact design means it won’t take up too much space on your counter.

What We Don’t Like

  • The frothing wand is quite low so will require a frothing cup to fit.

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REVIEW: Braun Tassimo TA 1400 Hot Beverage System

Braun Tassimo TA1400 Hot Beverage SystemCoffee makers are becoming more and more revolutionary every day and the Braun Tassimo is no exception. This is one easy machine to use. With just the touch of a button you can have steaming hot coffee in around a minute. And not only that, this appliance also makes tea, espresso, hot chocolate, capuccinos and lattes.

The Braun Tassimo works with the use of T-Discs. Each T-Disc containes pre-measured ingredients so all you have to really do is pop it into the machine. On each T-Disc is a barcode. The machine reads the barcode and knows exactly how to brew your beverage so you get the perfect cup everytime. It determines how much water is required, what temperature is needed and how long the brewing time should be.

You also have the option of customizing your favorite cup to suit your own settings.

It makes an 11oz cup each time and you can fill it to about 68oz. This means you don’t have to refill each time you want a cup of coffee.

It has an adjustable cup stand to suit most sizes and a removable water tank to make it easy to fill.

This machine does only make one cup at a time but at only a minute or so for each cup, it’s not a long wait between brews.

The Braun Tassimo TA 1400 Hot Beverage System is a very popular machine and has received excellent reviews on the net. But the best thing about this beverage system is that the price has come down considerably making this a pod coffee maker in a reasonable price range.

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