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|
|Empty Libre Tea Mug|
|Loose Tea in Libre Mug Filter|
|Libre Mug Filled with Hot Water|
|Libre Mug Brewing Tea Upsidedown|
|Tea in Libre Mug Ready to Drink|
|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.
We'll be hosting a giveaway for one of these shortly.
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