Over the past five years, I've built quite a collection of tea tools that can be found filling drawers and lingering on the kitchen counter. In honor of this steeped obsession I thought that I would share a bit about these necessary objects in a new series, tea tools. First up, delightful paper pouches.
Whenever a newcomer enters the world of tea and isn't ready to commit to infusers and teaware, I always recommend Finum's disposable paper tea filters. These chlorine-free and biodegradable gems effortlessly infuse loose tea in a cup or pot (if you buy the large size). Unlike most traditional tea bags, the "expanding base of the filter provides the tea leaves enough room for their flavor to fully unfold." I often keep an extra box in my cabinet so that I can send friends home with a favorite tea tucked into the tiny paper pouch. And if you're a traveling fool, they are the perfect companion for steeping when on-the-road or on-the-go (or in my case, while on an airplane).
So, put away the tiny metal tea balls (that never leave room for the lovely tea leaves to dance about and paint the water with their complex flavors), and opt for a grand paper filter. It's an essential tool for every new tea lover's collection. What's your favorite tea tool? Skip over to twitter or instagram and share it with me.