Time for Tea?

There are so many variables to juggle with a new tea: how much tea; what temperature water; how long to brew…?

For all of our teas, we'll guide you - if you disagree, do tell us!

A trick of the trade to get consistency in the cup, is to use an accurate Tea Timer. Our Triple Tea Timer can measure 3, 4 or 5 minutes.

With a tea that's new to you, if unsure we suggest brewing for 3 minutes and then to try it. You can always continue the brew, but you can’t reverse it. White, green and light oolongs are usually best brewed for 3 minutes. Black teas and darker oolongs tend to benefit from a little longer, 4 to 5 minutes.

Over-brewing tea delivers too much of the bitter, astringent tannins into the cup. They are important little particles - just like with wine, they give structure to the liquor - but can be too much of a good thing. Using a timer reduces that risk.


Floatea Tea Egg Infusor & Stand - Black

Materials: Plastic and Stainless Steel

Enjoy quality loose leaf tea brewed conveniently with Floatea. Thanks to its perfectly balanced body, the tea egg always swims to the surface to allow easy access and a uniform distribution of flavour.

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With a 'design follows function' principle, this clever little tea infusor also adds a touch of theatre to the tea infusing process, but also helps ensure a consistent brew without a mess.

Simple fill the egg with the required amount of loose leaf tea or infusion and pop into your favourite mug or cup.

Leave it to 'bob around' and infuse until brewed to your preference, then remove the egg from your cup and place in the small stand, which will collect the drips.
Using the right brewing equipment and cups or mugs is a further essential part of the tea equation.

We can’t and don’t wish to make these ourselves, so instead we seek out and curate the best examples.

We love the fun of this little infusor from AdHoc and it works!
• Stainless Steel and nylon tea infusor ands stand
• Weight: 45g
• Height 120 mm
• Width: 200 mm
• Depth: 40 mm
• Manufacturer: AdHoc, Germany
About AdHoc: Innovation meets design in Germany.

The AdHoc team have been developing, designing and producing according to this principle since the founding of the company in 1995. Inspired by the classic design principle “design follows function” products with a good deal “more” are created for kitchen and dining culture: more solid functionality, more beauty, more quality – more value.

Because AdHoc products are thought through down to the smallest detail, fascinate with their straightforward elegance and are simply a pleasure.

• Food safe and easy to clean surfaces
• Dishwasher safe
• 2 year manufacturer guarantee
• Produced in Germany to the highest European standards


Legend: Emperor Wan Tu Discovers Tea

Extract taken from “The East India Company Book of Tea” by Anthony Wild.

There are many legends about the discovery of tea, none of which have solid foundations in historical fact. But the world requires an explanation for the discovery of one of its most popular drinks, and the ancient Chinese story of the Emperor Wan Tu is by far the best…

The Emperor of China, Wan Tu, an evil, cruel, and despotic ruler, was overthrown by his first minister and banished to a remote southern part of China.

He sat in the shade of a large bush, plotting his revenge.

Driven by poverty to drinking only hot water, he was delighted one day when some of the leaves of the bush fell into his saucepan of boiling water and he discovered that the resulting brew was tasty, refreshing, and relaxing. It cleared his mind so effectively that he sat under the bush for seven years, drinking it, learning to regret his former tyrannies, and vowing to make amends.
Her named the drink ‘tai’, meaning peace, in recognition of its effect on him.

He returned to the capital city in disguise and became a valued advisor to his former minister. He was so wise and so beloved by the people that when the minister died, he was chosen as his successor, and ruled justly for many years, introducing tea to the nation.

Only on his deathbed did Wan Tu reveal his true identity, and to honour the wonderful changes that tea had wrought in him, the poet Lu Yu wrote the Tai Chin, the famous book of tea in the 8th Century.

There are other legends - another Emperor Shen Nung was thought to have discovered tea in a similar way, but 3000 years earlier.

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  • FAQ

    Is there a guarantee against defects on this AdHoc tea infusor?
    Yes. if it fails in the course of normal usage, we will replace it or offer a refund during the period of 2 years after purchase. We can’t be responsible for damage caused by the owner. We would require proof of purchase, so please keep your electronic receipt.

    Is the AdHoc tea infusor dishwasher safe?
    Yes, both stainless steel and the nylon parts are all completely dishwasher safe.

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