It's not always easy getting what you want when you want it. Especially if it's something where more often than not, good enough will do. Water may boil at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, but that doesn't always mean it's the preferred temperature for making tea. Factors such as tea type, length of time to steep, and how hot you want the tea to be when ready to drink come into play. For precision tea drinkers who know what they want, an alternative to the old-fashioned stovetop kettle is needed.
When you start looking for ways to conserve and cut down on waste, you can find them in almost every corner. Take tea bags, for example. Even if you've mastered the "reuse it before you toss it" trick, you're still throwing away every tea bag you use.
Now, you could toss the tea bags in your compost crock, but if you're using bags with staples in them, you've got to remove the staples first. And not all bags are made from compostable material. And that string, and the plastic coating on the paper tag--there'… Read more
As if Chris Pirillo of Lockergnome fame wasn't all over the Web enough, he now wants to be in your kettle. Pirillo has partnered with Might Leaf Tea Company to invent Geekalicious, a signature tea that bears his likeness. It's a genmaicha-like tea, and like most genmaicha, it has rice puffs that combine with the other natural tea flavors to give it a refreshing character.
How do I know so much about tea? How does Pirillo? Some are saying tea is the new coffee. I used to work in a coffee shop that was popular among the tea-elite. … Read more
Assault with a deadly burger, bar bathroom toiletries, perfect strokes, black balls and boba straws, and Asian gangstas are just a few of the topics brought up by today's guest, Mr. Brian Tong from CNET TV! He usually keeps it clean on his show, the Apple Byte, but The 404 is all about letting loose, and trust us--he does. This might be the most perverted, nasty, NSFW, and all around hilarious show EVAR- OMGBBQ!
One part of the country whose local fare I rarely have a chance to enjoy is the south. As it turns out, people in the northeast don't eat sweet potato pie and host crawfish boils, and if they do, they're usually lacking in authenticity. Thankfully, there's … Read more
During hot weather, I drink iced tea by the gallon. I used to press my coffeemaker into service to brew enough iced tea during the summer, but between the odd after taste and the fact that I couldn't really control the strength of the tea, I decided I needed a dedicated tea maker. The Iced Tea Maker from Back to Basics is ideal for the purpose: it was designed with brewing tea in mind and offers several features that will help you to that end. One of my favorites is the tea brew-strength selector: I happen to like my … Read more
Coffee lovers have it too easy. In order to enjoy their favorite brew, all they have to do is head down to the corner. Chances are there will be a caf? on one of those four corners (if not on the way). For those that prefer to make coffee at home, there are numerous ways to go from bean to brew, and once a method (drip, espresso, French press, etc.) is determined, usually all that is required is finding a consistent grind. Not so with tea lovers, the magic in tea is usually unlocked by temperature and steeping time. Since … Read more
While the TriniTEA Electric Tea Maker has an appearance not unlike the coffeemakers that have become standard on every kitchen countertop, its specialty is making the perfect cup of tea. The tea maker was designed with loose leaf tea in mind: where the basket on a coffee maker would be is an infuser section. You can pull the section out and fill the appropriate cup with tea leaves. During the tea making process, the TriniTEA Electric Tea Maker heats water and then releases it into the infuser section. Your tea steeps there before dripping into a pot below, which you … Read more
In college, I was known to swipe extra tea bags from the cafeteria. I had a small travel mug, and I knew where there was hot water in every building on campus. After a while, though, I learned the difference between steeping a pot of loose leaf tea and the Lipton tea bags I typically had on me. I eventually gave up my traveling tea habit in favor of the higher quality taste of loose leaf tea. The Tuffy Steeper, however, makes it possible for me to take it back up again.
The Tuffy Steeper is a collapsible silicone basket … Read more
The Floating Tea Egg caught my eye because it floats: it just hangs out at the top of your cup, brewing tea. You don't have to fish it out of your cup or yank on a hot chain to pull it out. The Floating Tea Egg's handle is always above the surface of the tea, dry and cool. Just pick it up.
But the Floating Tea Egg has other features that make for a great cup of tea. The egg has 145 fine millimeter holes--large enough to brew tea but too small to let even a crumb of … Read more