Almost five years ago on my birthday, my wife gave me my first Adagio Tea Ingenuitea. I had loved teas since sometime during my graduate school years and my snobbery was starting to increase. I had expressed my desire to try loose leaf tea and my wife obliged me. (Thanks, sweetheart!) She got me an Ingenuitea after a great deal of research.
Adagio Tea Ingenuitea
The Ingenuitea is made from some kind of clear composite that can be microwaved although I never have. With a hinged lid, metal filter (now), and valve that is depressed by the top of a cup or mug, it actually makes an infusion (I think) of tea. Here’s the process I use:
- Select the loose leaf tea from which you desire to make your drink. My current preference is a traditional Ceylon tea. Add it to the Ingenuitea.
- Fill your tea kettle or electric kettle with water and heat the water to the desired temperature. As in the following video, I use the Adagio Tea Utilitea.
- Add the water to your tea leaves in the Ingenuitea and set a timer (for preference on strength of your tea). The longer the timer, the longer your tea steeps; the longer your tea steeps, the stronger/bolder the flavor becomes.
- Set the Ingenuitea on top of your tea mug or beverage container. The valve built into the Ingenuitea will be depressed upon being placed on the top of your mug/cup. The tea will flow smoothly into your mug.
- Add sugar, honey, milk, or cream to taste. I take my without addition.
- Drink and enjoy.
For a brief demonstration on this process and the use of the Ingenuitea, watch my following video:
My Ingenuitea is probably one of my most used possessions. Because I make tea from loose leaves daily, my Ingenuitea is also used daily. When my current Ingenuitea breaks from use or is dropped and ruined, I shall purchase another. (This current device is my second.)
If you would like to share your favorite teas, post them below in the comments!