I felt a bit overwhelmed as I began taking things out of the box. This was an entirely new experience for me so I had no idea what I was even looking at. I liked the looks of it and was impressed how nicely packaged everything was. In the box is an infuser/brewer pot, a large green plastic coaster, a plastic scooping spoon, a clear plastic pour guard, and extra pieces (replacements).
I noticed the leaf shape of the lid right away. It adds a nice touch of color and detail to the pot. The overall look and quality is great. I am still amazed by the bottom and how it works. It’s certainly a great idea to have made the process as simple as possible. No worried about spills while pouring.
You simply tap the side of the infuser to be sure it is sealed below. Then you add your desired amount of tea – using the included scoop. I don’t recall how much I used by scoops, but I remember how much was in the brewer. I guess I was too excited and forgot to count. Anyway, you can always add more tea or more water if it is not just right. Once the tea is in, I poured my very hot water in. This can also be changed based on your taste, but I used my Keurig to precisely dispense 6 oz of water to a cup TWICE and then poured that into the infuser.
Once you have the tea and water together, just close the lid and let that steep for about 5 minutes (again – more or less time may vary based on your taste). After it sits, then you can either use the pour guard on top of your mug or place the infuser directly on top of the mug. Once the guard or mug are in contact with the bottom of the infuser, the bottom pushes up in and that is when it is dispensed into the mug. One quick tip: set the pot on a completely flat surface and to not push on the bottom until you are ready with a mug beneath. And now you have a delicious cup of hot tea! Seeing it written out, it seems like it would take a while but it really does not at all.
My husband and I are both happy to have discovered this infuser/brewer. It has been a fun and interesting experience that is very well worth it. I saw that this pot can else be used for brewing coffee As well. The filter is very fine and stops anything except fluid from getting through. I plan to try this myself. Overall, this is a nice piece for anyone who enjoys tea (or coffee). From my experience, I definitely recommend the Fine Life infuser.