I love tea. Hot tea and iced teas are what I drink 99% of the time. When I’m home and at work, I drink from ceramic or glass mugs, neither of which are convenient to use when I need to be mobile like walking to and from meetings, etc. The MIU COLOR glass water bottle with tea infuser is an elegant solution for those times and actually any time. Let me show you.
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MIU COLOR glass water bottle with tea infuser
2 cleaning wands
The 18 ounce bottle is made of high borosilicate glass which is lead free, has high heat resistant, high strength and is crystal clear. The bottle has screw on caps on both ends. These caps have an attractive satin finished stainless steel exterior with a plastic liner. From what I can tell, the plastic can not come into contact with the beverage in the bottle.
The top cap and the tea infuser both have a silicon gasket that allows a tight drip free seal. One weird thing I noticed when I removed the top cap the first time is that the silicon gasket was stuck to the glass lip. I thought it was just stuck there from being sealed too long so I pulled it off only to realize that it had been glued in that position. I have no idea why this was the case because having the gasket affixed to the area where you drink would not only be awkward, but would be very hard to clean. Removing it from the lip and putting it in the top cap where it really belongs wasn’t hard to do.
To use the bottle to make tea, you just remove the cap and infuser from the bottom of the bottle.
Then add loose tea leaves to the infuser basket. I filled the basket about two heaping teaspoons of loose tea leaves so there would be room for them to expand and steep.
Turn the bottle upside down, drop the basket in the opening, screw on the bottom cap and then turn the bottle back over to the upright position.
For obvious reasons, I advise you to add the zippered nylon sleeve before you fill the bottle with hot water. Otherwise you may burn your hand from handling the bare bottle.
A few minutes later your tea is ready to drink. The nylon sleeve helps keep the tea warm for longer than an open mug of tea which is a nice bonus.
Drinking from the bottle is very comfortable due to the smooth rolled edge. It’s also good to know that the bottle is narrow enough to fit in most vehicle cup holders. There is one gotcha with the MIU COLOR and that’s the fact that it takes two hands to remove the top cap so you can take a sip. That means you’ll have problems drinking from the bottle while driving unless you remove the lid.
I am usually able to get two bottles from two teaspoons of loose leaves which ends up being a little more than four cups of tea.
The only other thing to keep in mind with this water bottle plus tea infuser is that it takes more effort to clean it than just throwing some teabags in a bottle. There are four separate parts to wash: both caps, the tea infuser basket and the bottle itself. It’s nice that they include a sponge wand for cleaning, but that won’t help much with getting the tea leaves out of the basket. I usually just dump them into the trash can and then wash the remaining leaves down the drain. I just rinse everything and reassemble. Once a week I put everything in the dishwasher for a better cleaning.
The MIU COLOR glass water bottle with tea infuser is one of the nicest water bottles I’ve used because it’s not to big, not too small, is easy to clean and I can brew tea in it. I think it is a great accessory for tea lovers on the go.
It’s only been a month since I posted my review of this bottle / tea infuser, but I’m still using it, which is a good sign. I use it at my day job and have gotten into a routine of removing the basket at the end of the day and setting it my cabinet along with the bottom cap face up. The next morning the leaves have dried enough that I can just dump them in the trash. This works better than trying to get them out when they are wet. I then rinse all the parts with water, add new tea and reassemble. I had been leaving the tea in the bottle and drinking from it, but have since been pouring it into a large mug after it has steeped. This keeps the tea from getting too strong which is one of the comments made below.