I like drinking it, and I like mixing some of the flavors. But what I don't like is when I get to the bottom of the mug and I end up with bits of ... stuff.
I mean, I know the tea leaves and herbal bits are edible but that doesn't mean I actually want to eat them.
I've tried a number of different tea-brewing things, but I'm always on the search for something that's better.
Recently, Frieling sent me their stainless steel infuser. It's made from 18/8 stainless steel, so it's completely food-safe, and pretty much indestructible with regards to normal kitchen use and dishwashing. I mean, you could run it over with your car or go after it with a chainsaw, but you're unlikely to damage it making tea.
The holes in the infuser are sufficiently small that you're not going to get leaves and bits into your tea, and it fit well in every cup I tried. I'm sure there are some odd-shaped cups out there where this wouldn't fit, but if you have one of those, you probably have another.
One unique feature in this infuser is that there's a cover that you can use on top of the infuser to keep the water warm during steeping. Then, that same cover can be used as a base to hold the infuser after you take it out of the cup, so you don't have a tea-filled drippy thing to contend with.
When you're done making tea, the bottom of the infuser comes off so it's easier to clean out, which is a huge plus. I hate it when I try to rinse itty bitty leaves and bits out of a regular infuser and they just cling, so that removable bottom makes me happy.
Overall, I like the infuser. The only small issue I have - and it's just me - is that it's pretty large and I don't measure tea, so I've made a few cups of tea that are stronger than usual. I'm getting used to it, though, and more recent cups have been less potent. Then again, maybe you prefer a strong brew.
Who's it for: Tea drinkers.
Pros: Easy to clean, fine holes, stainless steel doesn't pick up odors so your mint tea won't taste like chai.
Cons: Can't think of any - it works well.
Wishes: None I can think of.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.