For many, the act of drinking tea and brewing it go hand in hand, a ritual as old as time. So the idea of taking a shortcut, or using a new-fangled appliance, seems almost sacrilegious. Almost. The truth is, these new gadgets are designed to make the process not only faster or easier, but also more flavorful and rewarding. To see what I mean, check out my list of the Top Tea Appliances for 21st Century Homes.
Green tea lovers will love this kettle, which is a thing of beauty in terms of style and function. From the glass bulb to the matte silver finish, this brewer screams modern elegance; but don’t be fooled because it is so much more than just a pretty face. The unique upside-down design is for use as well as aesthetics; inverting the water and tea leaves creates a different style of steeping, using water vapor to enhance the flavor. Oh, and it looks sharp in today’s modern style home.
Brewing a single serving of tea has always been a frustrating and messy- until now. This ingenious cup lets you easily brew and sip your favorite blend without struggling with those pesky mesh baskets. Just fill the base, which is covered by a filter, with your favorite blend, pour in some hot water into the cup and you’re ready to go. The cup and base unscrew for easy cleaning, making this the ultimate adult sippy cup!
For those who love to reuse tea bags, but worry about the germs and bacteria that can form between uses, the Tea Bag Mug is a dream come true. Compact and cute, the mug has a colorful inner stem with a few airholes to hold and protect your teabag while you brew as well as in between steepings. So, not only does it protect you from possible germs, it also encourages multiple uses of a single tea bag, making it better for the environment.
Matcha at home? Yes, it is possible, thanks to this machine from Sharp, which blends the traditional process of making Matcha with the marvel that is modern technology. Perfect for your kitchen counter top or island, it looks just like a coffee brewer and acts similarly, grinding green tea leaves to powder. The beauty here is it eliminates all the hard work that goes into making Matcha; just fill, wait, sip, and enjoy!
The man of steel is no match for this futuristic-looking tea bag holder, which can brew one cup or a whole pot of tea. It mimics a classic tea bag, but can be filled with any leaves you choose and is reusable. There’s a wire string for steeping, along with a pull tab made of silicone and the unit comes apart for easy cleaning. A stunning combination of beauty and grace.
Convenience is a high priority these days, so I’m not surprised to find a one-touch teapot. What did surprise me was the unique brewing process and the incredible flavor it produces. The basket uses an up and down motion to create movement in the leaves, which helps the water circulate. As a result, the water slowly becomes infused with tea, creating a depth of flavor you won’t find anywhere else. And all it takes is the push of a button.
If you’re partial to iced tea, this sleek brewer is a must-have! The removable filter works with tea bags or loose leaves to create intricate blends in a variety of flavors. The unit comes apart for easy cleaning and you can pour straight from the pitcher. If you have a small-medium size family or entertain a lot, this is a solid buy.
They say there’s an app for everything, and this brewer proves that saying to be true; it also takes brewing to a whole new level, giving you the ability to create specialty blends using just about any type of tea from any brand. And you can control the whole process using an app. The infuser is a precision instrument, regulating the water temperature and volume for a high quality tea experience every time.
This strikingly ornate tea set acknowledges the beauty of traditional brewing and is a nod to the past. Made of spun brass mixed with flecks of gold, each piece has a chic leather cover on the handles, which makes the whole process feel prestigious and decadent. For those who believe in and practice old-school tea time, this is a set to treasure. There are 6 pieces in all, including cream and sugar pots and a serving tray.
Perfect for home or those who need to take their tea to go, this mug creates tasty, flavorful tea using the power of magnets. The lid has a neodymium magnetic ring, which holds the filter, along with the leaves, securely in place; all you need to do is flip the mug over to start brewing- no spills or escaping leaves. And since it’s made from borosilicate glass, which won’t shatter, it’s ideal if you have kids with a long reach or travel a lot.
I hope my list of Top Tea Appliances for 21st Century Homes inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to brewing. As you can see, each these appliances modernize the process without sacrificing flavor or thumbing their nose at tradition. The beauty of tea lies in its simplicity and the tranquility it envelops you in. I believe these devices remain true to that feeling, while making your life just a little bit easier.
This article is written by Kate Evans from topreveal.com.