I’m slowly accumulating a small collection of tea ‘accessories’ – and since I have a pretty decent method of steeping loose leaf teas at home, one of the things I’ve been focusing on have been tools for enjoying them at work as well. (Where we have boiling hot water on tap!)
The size is good (I got the larger of the two available) however, I find that the tea doesn’t stay as hot as I’d like it to. Like most travel mugs, the lid is good to avoid general spills, but it won’t stay spill-free through acrobatic purse-tumbling, and while the instructions say you can change the depth of the press – you can only do so by a millimeter or so. The screen has unscrewed twice on me, and is really hard to remove when that has happened, but this is probably a good feature for cleaning.
I presume that the designer uses a lot more tea than I do, because there’s a fair amount of space in the bottom. The extra room in the bottom (which keeps the leaves in liquid, instead of compressing them down entirely) makes the press very easy to clean though, which is a great advantage, especially in a travel press. It has worked well for all types of tea (I find rooibos tends to be tricky with strainers and infusers).
So, have you tried the Bodum travel press, or do you have a better solution for tea-on-the-go? Share your comments below!