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IngenuiTEA from Adagio Teas Product Review

Updated on April 1, 2013

Review of Adagio Tea's IngenuiTEA Tea Pot

Adagio Teas Ingenuitea Teapot 16 oz The ingenuiTEA is easily one of my favorite pieces of kitchenware. Now, I can't imagine having a cup of tea without it: it's become indispensable to me.

I first began drinking loose tea when I found an old tin of Twinings Irish Breakfast tea in the cupboard. It was just a step or two above tea bags, but I loved it immediately: I was already drinking bagged teas, but they weren't much on flavor. I found that the loose leaf tea had a much deeper flavor, and it was actually pretty fun to make. The only problem was that it was also time consuming and messy. Ugh!

Introduce the ingenuiTEA, from Adagio: One simple object that saved all that trouble.

The IngenuiTEA Makes it Easy to Steep Tea - A Tea Infuser That Works

We didn't have a proper tea infuser. I made do with a two French cafe presses (one with just the glass to hold the tea, the other to infuse it). Tea leaves got caught in the fiddly bits around the cafe presser, and it never held back all the leaves. Plus I had to rinse it out to get the leaves out, and then put them in a little mesh sink-basket to let them dry, and there were always leaves left behind. Last Christmas, I was given an ingenuiTEA and a set of tea samples from Adagio I had been very interested in trying. It was the perfect gift!

Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot
Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot

The ingenuiTEA really lives up to it's name: the first thing you might notice about this infuser is that it lacks a spout or any rounded lip to pour from. You don't need it! ingenuiTEA puts an end to drips and drops that always seem to dribble from pour spouts, no matter how carefully one pours. The tea is dispensed from the bottom of the container! It's kind of like magic. At least, that's how it feels when you first use it.

The ingenuiTEA sits on a raised base: the underside has a plunger that pushes up against a rubber gasket when depressed. This releases the tea from the reservoir and filters it through a perfectly-sized mesh. Voila, not a drop goes astray. This works on most standard mugs: we have all kinds of shapes and sizes of mugs, and the only one it wouldn't work on is a large bowl-soup-mug thing. Basically, if the mug is larger than the base, it won't work, because the top of the mug is what pushes in the plunger.


See the IngenuiTEA in Action! - Great Tea in No Time

Confused? Check out this video: it really is as simple as it sounds!

IngenuiTEA - Simply Better

No Learning Curve

Some people like their tea ritual, but some people just want their tea! The IngenuiTEA makes brewing tea easy and intuitive. All you need is the IngenuiTEA teapot and a mug. Leaves and water go in: clear, delicious tea comes out. It just works.

The IngenuiTEA also makes it possible to enjoy the flavor profile of quality, whole-leaf teas, with all the convenience of a tea bag. It is important for loose tea to be able to expand while it is steeping. If it doesn't, the surface area is reduced, and so is the flavor. The Ingenuitea from Adagio teas is roomy and very conducive to getting the most out of loose teas.

Forget tea balls: this is how it's done.

Cleanup is simple too. The first thing I do is give a couple hard taps to dump the drained tea leaves into the trash. Then I fill the IngenuiTEA with water and give it a couple swirls, then dump it in the sink. Finally, I fill it with water again and let it run through the funnel by pushing up against the plunger. That's optional, I just like to do it. After that I give it a quick swipe and let it air dry the rest of the way.

It takes hardly any time, I never have to worry about whether the leaves are caught in the mesh (they never have been so far), and I don't have to work to strain the tea leaves in order to make them dry enough to put in the bin.

Adagio Teas Ingenuitea Teapot 16 oz

If you're worried about tea dripping from the valve underneath, I'll tell you that it doesn't happen often. When it does, it's usually because I accidentally set it down on something and opened the valve. If you want real assurance against the odd drop, let it rest on a saucer. Honestly it just doesn't drip often enough for me to bother getting an extra dish out.

By now, you've seen how easy it is to use the IngenuiTEA tea pot. If you're a tea drinker, do you think this would be a useful addition to your teaware?

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I love my IngenuiTEA. For people who want a quick, simple (slightly-magical) tea-making experience, I don't think it could be beat. I never put off having a cup of tea anymore, because it's not a chore to use or clean up after: it's a breeze!

Do you have any experience with the IngenuiTEA, or any other comments? Go ahead and let me know!


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      Einar A 6 years ago

      That looks like a very handy device!