The kit came with an oversized coaster, a measuring spoon, an extender ring for use with oversized mugs, and an extra filter assembly. A card with a thank you note, contact information for the company, a ridiculously cute photo of a dog with sunglasses and a rose in its mouth, and directions for using the mug is included. I do not see instructions for changing the filter, but I was able to find that on the website, which appears to still be under construction on the home page, but the product page had all the information you need to use the infuser.
I was eager to test this out, and I used a jasmine green tea also offered by this company. After making sure the infuser was sealed by tapping on the side, I heated my water and filled the infuser with tea. I poured boiling water over the tea and gave it a quick stir before closing the lid. I watched the tea brew to the perfect strength and then placed the infuser on top of my mug. The top of the mug pushes the base of the infuser upward to release the brew into the mug. This happened much more quickly than I expected. It also drained the liquid from the infuser much more thoroughly than I expected. My tea tasted amazing.
I also brewed my favorite French roast coffee with this infuser. It’s kind of a reverse French press concept, only there’s no pressing involved, so I did not expect a great result. I was happily mistaken. My coffee was every bit as good as coffee brewed in a French press. And the water drained all the way through the infuser in record time, leaving me dry grounds without any excess liquid in the bottom. My coffee cup was almost immaculate on the bottom, and I had used a finer grind than I do in a French press. The screen on this infuser is very fine and excellent quality. And I didn’t have to worry about breaking my carafe. I am clumsy, so this is always a concern for me when using and cleaning a traditional French press.
Cleaning the infuser was also easier than I expected. I tapped the upside-down brewer against my trash can and wiped out as much of the tea leaves/coffee grounds as I could before filling it with soapy water and washing it out in the sink. You can remove the screen for deeper cleaning, but the infuser cleaned up well for me without doing so and left no residual smell, even after brewing Masala chai tea. I allow the infuser to dry upside down in my drainboard.
One word of caution: Make sure your cup is large enough to hold all of the water in the infuser. The liquid drains quickly, so if you are making two cups of tea, you may want to empty it into a little tea pot rather than two small cups or mugs, because you might overflow it. I brew one large cup at a time, so I didn’t have this issue.
I really love this little gadget and foresee a whole lot of tea and coffee in my future. It would also make a great gift item. I have a lot of friends and family members that I know would enjoy this.