While I did find many different choices available online, the majority of nice mugs were found on Amazon.com. However even on Amazon, and a variety of other websites, all fingers (and good reviews) kept pointing to the same travel mug as being “the best”…the Tea Travel Mug from Teas Etc . After a lot of comparison with other mugs, I decided to give this mug a try.
At a reasonable $19.95 this tea travel mug is very affordable, and shows exceptional quality for the price. I chose this over travel mugs of comparable price and features because of the beauty of the cup, and the quality I knew I could expect from Teas Etc, having sampled their teas in the past.
About the Teas Etc Travel Mug:
Brew loose leaf tea on the run with this easy-to-use 3 piece travel mug. Mug, infuser and lid screw together to make brewing and cleaning a snap. Keeps tea hot and hands cool.
Tea Travel Mug includes :
– 12.85 oz. double wall tea mug
– Stainless steel screw-on tea strainer
– Water tight lid
To use the travel mug:
– Remove the lid and strainer
– Place leaves into the body of the mug so they are sitting on the bottom
– Screw on strainer
– Pour hot water into mug
– Replace the lid and go
– To drink simply remove the lid and sip through the strainer
– Not recommended for use in the dishwasher or microwave
Brewing tip- to avoid over steeping when brewing tea, use slightly less tea and water that is not as hot as normal.
Chinese proverb on the front is loosely translated to
“Art, poetry and fine teas will enrich your life”.
And even though I was expecting a quality product, I was still extremely surprised at just how much I REALLY LOVED this travel mug, when I received it. Not only is the appearance of the mug beautiful with it’s Chinese proverb and cherry blossom (and a stunning HOLOGRAM of a tree on the top of the screw-on lid that is amazing!), but the mug is also very well-made, of high quality, and is very durable.
After buying this travel mug, I enjoyed using it so much that I’ve begun to drink my tea exclusively from this travel mug, and from no other cup in the house. In fact my husband suggested yesterday that we box all my cups up! The clear design of the body of the mug shows off your tea leaves in a way that makes every cup of tea beautiful to look at as well as drink. And they are right, it keeps your hands cool, even when it’s filled with boiling hot water!
This also makes drinking loose tea easy and convenient. At first I was concerned that it would brew too strong and bitter of a brew, with the tea leaves sitting in the water the whole time. However using lower water temperatures did help, and in most cases, I felt the open environment of the tea leaves being able to float unhindered through the water actually improved the flavor of the tea. And the fine mesh strainer filtered even the finest red Rooibos without any stray tea leaves ending up in my mouth. I highly recommend the Teas Etc Travel Mug as my tea mug of choice!