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About Adagio

Adagio Teas began twelve years ago with the desire to introduce customers to an array of gourmet hand picked, whole leaf teas and herbals sourced directly from growers around the world. When we started, many tea drinkers were accustomed to having low quality bags filled with tea dust as their only option. It has been our mission to bring tea lovers in all corners of the United States and Canada fresh seasonal teas with abundant flavor and intoxicating aromas that will delight them daily. Whether you enjoy whimsical blended teas or serious single origin varietals, you will always have many choices at Adagio. Our simple, elegant, durable teaware perfectly compliments our whole leaf teas to assist you in making delicious tea anywhere. We invite you to peruse the chapters of our info section a your leisure to learn more about the varieties and origins of tea, steeping suggestions, health benefits, and more.

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141 Lanza Avenue
Garfield, NJ, 07026
http://www.adagio.com

Adagio - IngenuiTEA Ingenious Teapot - 16 oz.Works With Any Cup

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Adagio - IngenuiTEA Ingenious Teapot - 16 oz. (450 ml)

Adagio IngenuiTEA Teapot is the most convenient teapot you will find anywhere - they guarantee it. When tea is ready, simply place it atop your cup. This will cause a valve at the bottom to release: crystal-clear tea flows down, while the mesh filter retains all the leaves with one of the best infusers on the market. Super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. You will wonder how you got along without one. 16oz. Made in Taiwan with Tritan, a plastic specially-formulated to be safe in hot-temperature applications and is 100% BPA-free.

This teapot's ingenious design makes brewing gourmet teas as simple as using a bag. And its clear walls provide visual confirmation of the vast difference in quality between gourmet and ordinary teas. Made of food-grade plastic. Holds 16 generous ounces for brewing a perfect pitcher of iced tea - or hot tea, if desired.

Goal: Perfect Cup
No matter how expensive the tea you buy, if you brew it wrong, it's awful. This is a lesson many beginners learn the hard way. Many people who claim they "don't like the taste" were actually repelled by an incorrectly brewed cup of tea. This can create a terrible misconception that can last a lifetime... and can also be easily avoided with better brewing techniques.

Many restaurants, cafés and households that serve tea try to cut corners by simply throwing all teas into the same temperature water and serving visitors without any direction. This makes about as much sense as opening a premium wine bar and serving white wines at room temperature, or opening a prime steakhouse and serving all steaks well done.

Steeping good tea does not take a PhD, but it is also not as simple as chucking it into boiling water and letting it stew. There are easy ways, however, to steep the perfect cup. The trick to steeping tea correctly comes in five parts: water, weight, temperature, time and equipment.

Water
Perfect water isn't necessary, but if your water "tastes funny", so will your tea. If your water tastes great (or does not taste at all depending on your perspective), you should be in pretty good shape. Great water will have around 150 parts per million (PPM) of balanced mineral content. For perspective, extremely hard water in several major U.S. cities is around 900+ PPM. To correct this issue, a conscientious tea shop will usually use a rather expensive reverse osmosis filtration system and a calcium carbonate cartridge to introduce the proper amount of mineral content to the water. At home, you can use a simple carbon filter water pitcher to remove the extra mineral, as well as any contaminants like chlorine.

Water that is too hard (too many minerals) will extract extra astringency from your tea and give you a harsh brew. Water that is too soft will not extract enough of the polyphenols that deliver astringency, health benefits AND taste and you'll have a weak, muddy cup. Fresh water is also best. When water boils, oxygen is released. The Chinese call water that has been boiled "dead water". You can't get the best cup of tea from water that has been repeatedly re-boiled.

Weight
Using too much tea will make your tea bitter and your wallet empty. Too little tea will bring a weak cup and a sense of longing. The volume that is considered the "golden ratio" of leaves to water is one teaspoon of most tea leaves (approx. 3 grams) per 8 ounce cup of water. Please note this is for a traditional 8 ounce cup. Most mugs are around 10 to 12 ounces. Here's where it gets a little complicated. A large, open leaf tea like a White tea or some Oolongs may require two or more teaspoons to equal 3 grams. Broken or tightly rolled teas like Gunpowder may pack significantly more into a single teaspoon. At the end of the day, perfection is less important than keeping an eye on the leaf size and adjusting based on your taste preferences.

Temperature
Some like it hot. The ideal temperature depends on the tea. Use boiling water (212F) when preparing Black, dark Oolong and Herbal teas. These teas are tough, they can take the burn, and even require it in order to break down the leaf and release the flavor. However, it's important to use cooler water when steeping more delicate teas, such as Green, green Oolong and White teas. Water that is too hot will cause a delicate tea to taste overly bitter or astringent. Water that is too cool will cause a tea to taste flavorless and weak. If you don't have a thermometer or a kettle that lets you gauge temperature, you'll typically find that boiling water that is allowed to sit for 5 minutes will have dropped to roughly 180F.

Time
They say that "time heals all wounds." However, it also makes most teas turn bitter. The rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes for most black teas (depending on your preference for strength) - any longer, and they'll become overly astringent and puckery. Dark Oolong and White teas, on the other hand, are much more forgiving. These teas will taste best when steeped for 3-5 minutes but will still be drinkable if steeped a little longer. For light Oolong and green teas, a little TLC must be employed, steeping for only 2 minutes - 3 minutes, if you're looking for a strong cup.

Equipment
The proper equipment is also very important in the steeping process. When hot water is added, tea leaves can unfurl up to 5 times their dry size. So to make a great tea you need to give your leaves some leg room. If using an infuser basket, use as broad and deep of a basket as possible for the pot or cup you're brewing in (some barely extend a quarter of the way below the surface of the water). Commercial tea bags are not recommended, due to inadequate expansion room and low quality tea. Which brings us to our final point. It almost goes without saying that, to make the perfect cup of tea, there is one more prerequisite: good tea. Buy the best that is within your budget. It will make a noticeable difference. The perfect cup is out there... just brew it.

Lower in Caffeine than Coffee or Cola

Matching Tea with Food
Exploring the world of connoisseur-level teas is as intoxicating as that other beverage: Wine. For wine lovers, the current fashion is not to insist that whites pair up with poultry nor drink only reds with meat. This has led to many adventuresome pairings and new taste sensations.

Fortunately, teas pairings are also open to exploration. Anyone who says blacks are only for entrees or that greens must stand alone, haven't had the pleasure (or perhaps the opportunity) to pair a wide variety of teas with every part of a menu.

Greens like Dragonwell or Sencha are wonderful with seafood or fish fillets, salads, or chicken. Blacks like Ceylon or Assam from India are soft accompaniments to beef or steak dishes or spicy foods from Mexican, Italian, or Indian cuisine. Although it is traditional to have Oolongs with Chinese dishes, one may argue that rich black Yunnan or Keemun teas offer more complexity and layers to the experience of tea pairings.

Formosa Oolong and Pouchong teas seem to demand solo drinking, quiet, and something restful to look upon. However, oolongs are delicious in many foods. Try them to flavor liquids used for cooking rice or grains. They add a wonderful punch, and like all tea, no calories, sodium, or sugar!

For desserts, seek out the chocolaty essence of a Golden Monkey. This exquisite Chinese tea is hearty, rich, and tastes perfect when infused into baked custards, chocolate cakes, or drunk as a beverage with a rich dense strawberry shortcake. Assam is another rich black tea that complements chocolate desserts yet is a surprising foil against lemony or custard dishes.

As a digestive, nothing is better, more satisfying or more calming than an aged Chinese Pu-erh, the darker, the stronger, the better. The only intentionally aged tea, it is particularly good after a multiple-course feast like a Thanksgiving or similar heavy holiday meal. If you're a milk-and-cookies snacker before bedtime, try a Fruit Medley herbal infusion instead. You'll sleep better, and will wake up feeling great.

Suggested Use
  1. Add tea leaves, hot water and steep according to taste
  2. Place teapot atop any cup, valve opens and tea flows down
  3. Your tea is ready, toss the leaves and place teapot in dishwasher
Ingredients

BPA-free plastic
About Adagio
Adagio Teas began twelve years ago with the desire to introduce customers to an array of gourmet hand picked, whole leaf teas and herbals sourced directly from growers around the world. When we started, many tea drinkers were accustomed to having low quality bags filled with tea dust as their only option. It has been our mission to bring tea lovers in all corners of the United States and Canada fresh seasonal teas with abundant flavor and intoxicating aromas that will delight them daily. Whether you enjoy whimsical blended teas or serious single origin varietals, you will always have many choices at Adagio. Our simple, elegant, durable teaware perfectly compliments our whole leaf teas to assist you in making delicious tea anywhere. We invite you to peruse the chapters of our info section a your leisure to learn more about the varieties and origins of tea, steeping suggestions, health benefits, and more.
141 Lanza Avenue
Garfield, NJ, 07026
http://www.adagio.com
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Average Customer Rating: (5 out of 5)

Based on 16 rating(s)
16 of 16 (100%) of customers said they would recommend this product to a friend.
  • By Cassidy ( Windsor, VT)
    11/21/2011 4:04:36 PM

    I recommend this product!
    This is an awesome product!! I love it!! If you watch the video (under the description tab), that's exactly what you do / how it works. It rarely drips any water once you remove it from your cup and I have yet to have any 'floaties' from the loose leaf tea in my cup - it's always crystal clear. The teapot is easy to clean too. I wouldn't mind if it was glass (as plastic seems so un-eco-friendly... =( but maybe that will be their next option. =) Overall though, it's an awesome product and if you like loose leaf tea, this is a great way to enjoy it!! =)
  • By Judy ( Aloha, OR)
    12/15/2011 12:36:54 PM

    I recommend this product!
    So pleased to get my "teapots" so quickly. Have used one at a friends house for 5-6 years and finally got my own! Also gave 3 as gifts (: because I like them so much. Your service was great and kept me informed as to the status of my order. Thanks!
  • By Nancy ( , )
    1/20/2012 10:32:20 AM

    I recommend this product!
    These are the absolute best! AND...They will make wonderful gifts for my office co-workers who will benefit from a relaxing cup of tea :-)
  • By kara ( Irving, TX)
    1/28/2012 6:06:35 PM

    I recommend this product!
    Ordered 10 to share with friends, absolutely the best product to brew a cup of tea, even if you are not pro about brewing teas. You can't go wrong with this. Very easy and fun to use!
  • By Natasha ( Shelby, NC)
    3/19/2012 10:53:00 PM

    I recommend this product!
    My first this kind of teapot and I love it soooo much!! I use it couple times a day and enjoy it.
  • By JOANNE ( Park Ridge, NJ)
    7/2/2012 8:53:01 PM

    I recommend this product!
    I ordered one for myself first. It worked so well that I have ordered these three as gifts for the tea drinkers I know. The teapot works with any size mug (other ones similar to this concept require use with a certain size/diameter mug). The tea leaves have a chance to expand fully, so the flavor is better. The hinged lid keeps the water hot as it brews. Best of all, it is no harder to clean than the typical infusers that sit in the tea mug. I have not had any problem with the filter falling out, nor have I had a need to remove the filter. I LOVE this teapot!
  • By Lynn ( Tallahassee, FL)
    7/19/2012 8:45:44 AM

    I recommend this product!
    This is the greatest little teapot. It's everything the manufacturer says it is. Get one. You'll love it.
  • By C A ( Santa Fe, NM)
    8/31/2012 4:22:26 PM

    I recommend this product!
    so great easy to use and easy to wash
  • By LINDA ( Northbridge, MA)
    2/25/2013 9:24:53 AM

    I recommend this product!
    This is a near-excellent infuser. The fine mesh retains all leaves. Nice to see the tea's color develop. Fun dispensing into cup. Not fond of cleaning it: use my hand to swab out the leaves. I remove the strainer piece each time and pop off the lid. Doesn't dry rapidly, especially the mechanism in the base. Does get tea-stained a bit. A little bulky overall. All that said, I would buy it again. Very nice gift for those who would go through the process.
  • By Joyce ( Sun City Center, FL)
    9/20/2012 3:17:12 PM

    I recommend this product!
    This works really great. No messes on the counter, takes up very little space and cleans easily. I am ordering another as a gift.
  • By igor ( Brooklyn, NY)
    12/28/2012 12:37:54 PM

    I recommend this product!
    Great teapot
  • By James ( Shelton, WA)
    1/7/2013 11:54:40 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I have a couple of IngenuiTEA pots of my own - one at work and one at home. I bought two more as gifts for employees who admired mine. IngenuiTEA is easy to use, easy to clean and is my favorite way to brew just one or two cups.
  • By Gary ( Arvada, CO)
    1/16/2013 12:14:12 PM

    I recommend this product!
    The product works great and I am satisfied. It was easy to order and arrived on time with no hassle. I will definitely purchase other items from this web site.
  • By Jasmyn ( Brighton, ON)
    3/14/2013 9:28:30 PM

    I recommend this product!
    LOVE it. Have recommended this tea pot to others already. I wanted a teapot or somthing for my roobios and this does it!! ITS THE BEST
  • By Richard ( Fallbrook, CA)
    3/28/2013 10:20:40 AM

    I recommend this product!
    I purchased this item to replace an identical one that wore out after five years of continuous use. It's the best way I've found to brew a single cup of tea and transfer it to my cup. However, the replacement came without the tray underneath that I got with my original purchase (elsewhere, at a higher price.)
  • By paul ( Flagler Beach, FL)
    12/13/2012 10:28:48 AM

    I recommend this product!
    this thing is the cat's meow...well made,works good..I love it !
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