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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Libre Loose Leaf Tea Mug Review

My wife is a big tea drinker in the summer, brewing her lemon-flavored Whittard's tea, then chilling it, to make iced tea. Libre recently offered me their mug to review to present a totally different way for brewing the tea and then drinking it on the go.

I have to say this is the first time I needed to watch a video (How to Use Your Libre Tea Glass) before using a mug/brewing tea. Their mug is an all-in-one unit, in the sense that they have a filter built into the mug. So, you boil your water (outside the mug), then brew your loose leaf tea in the mug. When ready, the built-in filter prevents the loose tea leaves from entering your mouth. 

Where the tea leaves are when brewing depends on if you're making a green or black leaf tea. With a green leaf tea, you place the tea leaves in with the water and drink through the filter. With a black leaf tea, you place the tea leaves on the stainless steal filter, close lid, flip the unit the desired seeping time, flip it back, and remove the filter (with the leaves). In either case, you can then put the cover back on and take the mug on the go. And in the case of iced tea, put in the fridge to call.

How did the whole process go? Pretty easy actually. The only issue I had was when I took the lid off after brewing the tea. All the water hadn't returned to the mug and there was some still sitting in the filter. Some ended up on the counter which needed to be cleaned up. Taste was normal. Cleanup was easy with the most work getting the spent tea leaves out of the filter.

Here's how the whole process looked:
Libre Tea Mug in Box
Libre Tea Mug in Box

Empty Libre Tea Mug
Empty Libre Tea Mug

Loose Tea in Libre Mug Filter
Loose Tea in Libre Mug Filter

Libre Mug Filled with Hot Water
Libre Mug Filled with Hot Water

Libre Mug Brewing Tea Upsidedown
Libre Mug Brewing Tea Upsidedown

Tea in Libre Mug Ready to Drink
Tea in Libre Mug Ready to Drink

Tea in Libre Mug On the Go
Tea in Libre Mug On the Go
In addition to the mug form, their online shop also offers the original and large versions, which basically don't have handles, are taller, and are narrower.

If you're a tea drinker, be sure to check them out and connect with them on Twitter and Facebook

We'll be hosting a giveaway for one of these shortly.

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12 comments:

  1. Wow that seems really different. I'll have to give them a look. I am a tea lover too.

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  2. This is interesting. I will be trying it soon since I am a tea drinker.

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  3. this is too much interesting and very much new and an easy way of getting tea anytime, i would love to have it

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  4. I'm a tea lover and I would love to give Tea in Libre Mug On the Go a try. I love the way the mug brews the tea & can be used as a travel mug as well.

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  5. Since my bariatric surgery, I've been told to switch from coffee to tea...kicking and screaming the whole way! I've never liked tea, and I'm having a hard time getting used to it. Maybe if I try something different, like this, it will help. thanks for the review!

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  6. This Libre loose tea maker would make a good gift for my brother. He is always drinking tea all year round.

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  7. How interesting. I'm surprised a product like this hasn't been made a long time ago. I like the idea of making green tea in particular this way the most.

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  8. I'm a daily tea drinker. I could use one of these mugs.

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  9. I'm a tea drinker, green tea to be exact!! I'll be sure to check them out, thanks John.

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  10. Sounds really good. I like loose tea more than just packaged-up tea if you will - I think it tastes better and gives a better flavor. Thank you for the review and I also like the mugs!

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  11. I love tea and I bet this product produces a fresh taste. I could definitely use one.

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  12. This mug looks very nice! I would give it to my friend.

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