There was a time when I had a single sugar bowl as part of my coffee service, but so many people take various artificial sweeteners in their coffee and tea these days that my sugar alternative bowl is bigger than my sugar bowl! I still stick with regular sugar when I want to sweeten up my drinks and I suspect that having an unusual sugar service just might convince friends who are used to those pink, yellow and blue packets to switch back to sugar. This Hourglass Sugar Dispenser just might be the thing I need to convince them. The plastic dispenser is 8 inches tall and it looks just like those old timers you used to use for your board games as a kid – only it is filled with sugar instead of with sand. The openings on each side allow you to pour sugar easily into your drink no matter which way the “sands” are spinning, and it’s fun to play with (because we all know that it is fun to play with your food at any age!) while you’re enjoying your drinks.
Just as there are a variety of coffee mugs with french presses built into them, there are also many mugs that allow you to brew your favorite loose-leaf tea while on the to. The Tea to Go Travel Cup is just one of the many options out there. The travel mug is made of thick glass and has an unusual two-sided design that is intended to give tea-lovers a better drinking experience. You use the mug by filling the end compartment with the loose-leaf or bagged tea of your choice, then simply pour in hot water and shake the cup a bit to ensure that all your tea is moistened and starting to brew. The two ends of the cup are separated by a strainer that keeps loose leaves away from the drinking end, though water/tea can flow freely so every sip you take is well-infused but also completely free of tea leaves, spices or any other ingredients from your drink. In addition to tea, you can use this mug for a variety of infusions – cucumber and citrus for refreshing water, berries for a sweeter drink – in addition to hot tea. Since it is made of glass, you’ll never have any off flavors in your drink, either.
Unleash your inner scientist (or outer scientist, if you happen to be working in a lab) with this Teatube Test Tube Tea Infuser. The infuser looks very similar to a “real” test tube, but the glass has several vents cut into it that will allow hot water to flow into the tube and tea-infused water to flow out. The shape makes it perfect for stirring, so you can get a nice water flow going as you brew. It has a lovely wooden plug/handle – not quite like what you would find on a “real” test tube – that makes it easy to handle and stays cool even when the infuser is in hot water. The plug pops out to allow you to easily refill the infuser with tea and clean it out after use.
Many people take their tea with a squeeze of lemon and this Lemon Tea Infuser lets you do that very literally! The silicone infuser is made in the shape of a lemon wedge. The wedge pops open to reveal a pocket where you can pack it full of your favorite loose leaf tea. Simply pop the wedge into your mug of hot water and allow it to steep until your brew is perfect, then scoop out the lemon wedge (and replace it with a real one, for some actual lemon flavor!) and enjoy. The wedge is functional and very cute. Since it comes apart, it is easy to remove the tea leaves when you’re finished brewing. It is small enough to hand-wash very easily, but it also happens to be dishwasher safe if you have room to tuck it in before your run your next load.