- Published: Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:50
- Written by Ian Hudspith
Infuser balls are a convenient way to be able to brew a cup of tea when you are out and about, maybe in the office; or when you don’t have- or don’t have access to- a teapot. It’s certainly a better option than a supermarket tea bag! Infuser balls are easy to pop in the cup, and just as importantly to take out of the cup afterwards, meaning you can get a cuppa that is steeped to perfection. Look for a chain and hook, or another way to take the ball out (some use handles or other design features- but make sure that it has the features that we talk about next). They can be used as a scoop too, to take the tea out of the bag; and even to keep a serve of tea in while you are out and about.
What to look for in an infuser ball?
The first thing is to be sure that the ball is not too small. When your tea meets the water it will expand and unfurl, so you want to make sure that the tea can open up and release its full flavour. If it is too small, you won’t be getting the best out of your tea. You’ll want to be sure that the ball will contain your tea. That means that the mesh is fine enough to keep the finest pieces of tea in your infuser, and not in your brew. And finally, you’ll want to have a look at the catch strength and hinge quality to make sure that it will continue to do the job for you. A good infuser ball is a great way to get yourself a cuppa when you are out and about, or when it suits your needs.