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Adagio's IngenuiTEA Review

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An image of Adagio's IngenuiTEA Tea Infuser brewing tea.

Adagio's IngenuiTEA Tea Infuser is durable, portable, BPA-free and easy to use.

Marko Goodwin
Adagio's IngenuiTEA is a durable, portable, BPA-free plastic tea infuser. It's easy to use and (generally) easy to clean. I highly recommend it to casual tea drinkers looking for an easy way to steep loose-leaf teas.

Pros to Buying Adagio's IngenuiTEA Tea Infuser

IngenuiTEA is one of the most popular tea infusers out there. Its popularity is fueled by a number of factors, including the following qualities:
  • It's is made of food-grade, SGS-free, BPA-free plastic.
  • It is far more durable and portable than your average tea brewing vessel. (It only weights nine ounces.)
  • It's an ideal size for one to two cups of tea, making it suitable for individuals and couples.
  • It's incredibly easy to use -- just add tealeaves and water, steep, and set it on top of a cup or mug to release the tea.
  • It includes a coaster-like drip tray to prevent any leakage.
  • It's generally easy to clean.
  • (Although I do not recommend microwaving water for your tea) it's microwavable.

Cons to Buying Adagio's IngenuiTEA Tea Infuser

An image of Adagio's Ingenuity Tea Infuser dispensing brewed tea into a teacup.

Adagio's Ingenuity Tea Infuser fits most cup sizes and comes with a drip tray (pictured here in the foreground).

Marko Goodwin
IngenuiTEA is an easy-to-use tea infuser with a lot of perks, but it's not ideal for everyone. Here are a few drawbacks to buying IngenuiTEA:
  • Although the filter is removable, it is somewhat difficult to remove particles of rooibos, chamomile and some other tisanes or teas with small particles.
  • Although it's SGS and BPA-free, some people may prefer to avoid it because it is made of plastic.
  • The tea release mechanism works on most standard cups sizes. However, if your favorite mug is particularly wide or narrow, it might not be a good match for you.
  • It's not as unique or aesthetically pleasing as, say, a handmade Yi Xing teapot or a Japanese tetsubin. (That said, it's far less expensive than handcrafted teapots!)
  • With heavy use, some staining may appear over time.
  • Although replacement filters are available, some users have complained that the replacement filters do not fit their infusers.

Overall Opinion

Despite a few minor drawbacks, this is a great product for casual tea drinkers and (especially) for people who are new to loose-leaf tea brewing. Since it is lightweight and durable, I'd also recommend it as a travel teapot.
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 5 out of 5
Easiest way to brew great tea, Member rgallo

Iíve been using the IngenuiTea pot daily for almost two years and love it. I originally got it because I had found a great loose rooibos and the little pieces would fall out of the tea ball and it was just a messy pain. The tea pot is as cool and easy to use as it looks. What I really like is that itís self contained. Once the tea is ready I just ďpourĒ it into my mug, thereís no wet tea bag or anything to pull out and drip all over my desk at work. Cleaning it is easy, I just rinse and wipe it out with a paper towel daily and weekly toss it in the dish washer. The construction is super solid, Iíve had this one for two years and itís not showing any wear that I can tell. Iíve since bought the big one for ice tea as well. Summer time is great when Iím making my own ice tea at a fraction of the cost for a much higher quality drink. I also own another similar product from TeaVana and I have to say that Adagioís is the much better value. TeaVanaís is $17.95 + tax for just the pot. Adagioís is $19 and includes four samples of tea to try and Adagioís pot has also help up better over time. Even if you arenít a hard core tea crazy, getting a cool tool like this will encourage you to try more and different teas and you may find something that you really love.

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