IngenuiTea Teapot Review

I have been a coffee and tea lover for years. Most of those years have been coffee heavy and I’ve always looked for great tea that could replace my afternoon coffee time. Until recently I wasn’t very successful in finding tea that was worthy of knocking coffee off of its beverage throne. I recently discovered loose leaf teas!

My journey to finding and falling in love with loose leaf teas started with watching a tea documentary on Netflix titled All In This Tea, which is about a tea importer, David Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman spent years traveling around Asia encouraging farmers to return to the organic and traditional methods of growing tea.

As much as I enjoyed tea, I had never tried loose leaf teas. I had always bought the mass produced and processed tea bags. I have a shelf full of different teas in different flavors. After watching the tea documentary I decided to change that!

After researching loose leaf teas and having a better understanding of the difference between them and bagged teas I decided to purchase a teapot.  I live in a small town so I did not have a large store or mall to find the teapot I wanted. I did buy the the tea kettle(for heating water) locally.

I settled on a teapot that fit my needs and had great reviews on Amazon, the Adagio Teas 32-Ounce Iced Ingenuitea Teapot. It comes in two sizes, 16 ounces and 32 ounces. I chose the 32 ounce teapot.

Loose leaf teas can be steeped multiple times so I bought the larger size so I could make iced tea but steeping several times and pouting it over ice. I’m all for trying different hot teas and figured while I’m at it I’ll see how they taste cold! After getting the tea kettle(since a coffee pot doesn’t heat the water as hot as it should be for tea, IMO) and ordering the IngenuiTea off Amazon, I set out to find some loose leaf teas.

I found some at a natural foods store in the larger city near me. Along with natural and organic products and food it has a wonderful selection of loose leaf teas. A friend and I stood at tea wall for about 15 minutes just going through and smelling the 50 or so jars of tea they have available.

I chose different types of teas ranging from cherry, blood orange smoothie, black currant, peach and a few others to have a range of teas to try on different occasions.

The simplest description of the Adagio Teas Ingenuitea Teapot is to call it a plastic mug with a filter in the bottom. Under the filter is a pressure valve that lets the tea pass through when the teapot is set on top of a mug. “Ingenuitea” is the perfect name for this ingenious teapot!

The idea behind the Ingenuitea Teapot is to add your loose leaf tea and boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes. I read its best to ‘clean’ the tea first by letting the tea steep for 20 seconds and then draining it. This helps clean and wash away any tiny dirt and dust off of the tea. It also allows the tea leafs to begin to open and release flavor.

After cleaning the tea you add more water and re-steep the tea for the desired length of time. You drain the tea by setting the teapot on top of your mug. I’ve taken some photographs of my first use of the Ingenuitea to show it’s function.

Photo 1: Bottom of Ingenuitea Photo 2: Loose Leave Tea(orange) Photo 3: Tea steeping

IngenuiTEA sitting on my mug, tea drained leaving the tea to be reused or discarded.

 

Interesting Tea Facts

A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee.

Drinking milk may mean stronger bones, but the same goes for a cup of tea!

A large amount of caffeine is released from tea after the first 30 seconds of brewing. Dumping this content out and pouring new hot water is a neat trick for caffeine conscience tea drinkers.

There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong, and black. But depending on the influence of culture, these four types can turn into thousands of varieties.

The Irish drink more tea per head than any nation in the world

Tea can also help regulate cholesterol and is also good for the heart.

Tea used in tea bags are some of the lowest grade of tea.

The most interesting of tea facts is that all tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. This tea plant is an evergreen which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

My first use of the Ingenuitea Teapot was exciting! Honestly, it was exciting to me! To discover such a wide selection of loose leaf teas in my area and to be a bigger part of the creation of an enjoyable drink is really exciting and satisfying. I used the Blood Orange Smoothie tea and it was wonderful. I think a few drops of honey to sweeten it slightly would have been perfect!

I’ve recently decided to change my lifestyle. I no longer want to be part of society’s mass produced, instant gratification, unsatisfied lifestyle. I’ve lived it too long. Nothing we do is “in the moment”, it’s all a means to an end to get to a future we think will fulfill us.

Not anymore! I look forward to making tea and I’m excited about the different flavors I have yet to try. I also went back to grinding my own coffee beans and found I really missed the flavor and aroma of freshly ground coffee beans! In fact, I’ve read several other reviews that users make their coffee with the Ingenuitea Teapot! I’m going to try it and if it works out as well as others report it does, I’ll purchase a second teapot just for coffee use.

 

If you or someone you know loves tea the Ingenuitea Teapot is a great gift to get or give. It’s very reasonably priced also and will provided many wonderful cups of tea. I bought mine off Amazon because its cheaper than on the adagio website. I did buy a sample pack off adagio of oolong tea and will be shopping on their website for teas I can not get locally.

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  1. I have been trying to replace my soda habit for years, but just can’t find anything I like to drink more. Maybe this Ingenuitea Teapot is what I should try. You certainly gave a great review of it and you seem to like the tea. Thanks for the review of the Ingenuitea Teapot.

    • I’ll tell you the number one problem society has: instant gratification! lol

      Not many people want to take the time to prepare fresh food or make a healthier drink like tea or veggie/juice drink. It’s much easier to go through a fast food drive through or run into a convenience store….or throw something in a microwave. Everything is about time and how people perceive the lack of.

      I’m guilty like everyone else. I am changing though. And that’s all one do..is to do their best:)

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