By Ela Lindsay
Who knew hot tea infusers could be so cool.
Preparing a cup of hot tea can be a treat with these fun, and functional, tea infusers.
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk
This Murano glass-inspired plastic design comes in a variety of blended colors, making each unit ultimately unique. The strainer will fit most cups, and allows a single serving of tea to luxuriously steep while nestled in its beautiful petals.
Immerse this bright yellow submarine infuser into the depths of your mug and watch it color your tea with your favorite infusion. It’ll have you singing the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” in no time!
If you’re feeling too lazy to brew a whole pot of tea this contemporary Teavana exclusive mug holds a whopping 14 ounces. Sleek but fragile-looking, its borosilicate glass construction actually makes it stronger and more heat resistant than traditional glass.
With its tea-leaf inspired design, this attractive infuser features a brightly-colored, food-grade silicone leaf, shiny stainless steel ball and drip tray. It is perfect for medium-size to large mugs
This Russian nesting doll novelty infuser looks adorable as the babushka peeks out from your favorite cup. Fill the mesh basket with your desired tea leaves and the cutie leisurely floats in hot water until your beverage is ready.
This award-winning design is not only sleek, it’s functional. Just slide open the loose-tea compartment, fill it up, and drop it into your cup of hot water—no need for a spoon. And it comes with a handy stand for no-mess storage after brewing.
This quirky contemporary design by Stefano Pirovano for Alessi features a little figure that hangs on the edge of your cup.
This fine bone china tea strainer is the epitome of English design with its classic Royal Albert New Country Roses pattern and shiny gold rim. At 4½ inches in diameter, it fits over most tea cups, adding a touch of class to your favorite tea.
This lovable silicone infuser will have you hanging out with a happy manatee that clings to the side of your cup. Fill his belly with your favorite loose tea and feel the warmth from his adorable grin and your tasty, hot tea.
The holiday season is the perfect time to break out this seasonal beauty. Just place any Yuletide-flavored tea leaves in the shaft, hook it over the side of your favorite festive mug and you’re ready for your holiday-infused treat. It also makes a great stocking stuffer.
Pack this trendy little mobile press and viola—enjoy multiple brewings of loose leaf tea on the go. Fine mesh holes bathe leaves in hot water while keeping them in the airtight press. Just pull on the plunger and you’re good to go. .
This exquisite strainer is steeped in history—inspired by a custom in China where bird fanciers would bring their caged birds to tea. The polished stainless steel strainer comes with a bird-shaped spoon, which tweets melodically when placed in its cage. Strain tea from a pot or let it nest neatly on a cup.
Enjoy the pleasures of a time-honored tradition with all of its finery
By Erin Newman
Taking tea is a centuries-old pastime, with rituals that can be as rewarding as the delicacies themselves. You don’t need to travel to England to partake of the sumptuous elegance, however. We’ve found a few special tea rooms nearby that host a variety of tea-related events.
High Tea Cottage
High Tea Cottage indulges customers in their ivy covered tea house bedecked with British finery. They offer oodles of ways to take tea: high tea, birthday tea, Australian tea. You can even customize the menu yourself. They also feature private tea parties, including those for princes or princesses under the age of 10.
Open Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Reservations required.
21938 Costanso St.
Tranquility Tea Room
Tranquility Tea Room is filled with lovely antiques, vintage dishes and laces and enhanced with fairy tale themes that change seasonally. In addition to regular daily teas, they specialize in
themed tea parties for both children and adults.
Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Reservations required 24 hours in advance.
2527 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
All Things Tea
All Things Tea is a shop that carries specialty loose-leaf teas. They also serve cream tea, afternoon tea and high tea as well as special events, such as bridal showers, in a
relaxed and cozy atmosphere.
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Private events only on Sunday and Monday.
300 Lantana St., Ste. 37