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Swissgold TF 200 Tea Ball
Serious tea aficionados understand the need for a serious, permanent filter system. The true magic is the 24 Karat gold-plated, scientifically engineered foil filter. The precisely designed openings of the SwissGold® permanent filter hold back only the unwanted solids, while allowing the desirable flavor carriers to pass through for a perfect cup every time. The TF 200 is larger than most tea balls or tea eggs, the tea leaves steep to full flavor inside. The tea ball is easy to use in a mug, cup or tea pot.
24 Karat gold-plated foil filter is neutral and won't alter the taste
Precisely defined openings hold back unwanted residue while letting the flavor carriers through
Non-absorbent gold-plated foil does not absorb flavors
Smooth gold-plated foil is easy to clean, dishwasher safe
It eliminates waste.
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61 of 69 found the following review helpful:
Still looking for the perfect tea infuserApr 27, 2007
By Cheyenne Ann
This one is part of my daily use implements, even though it has a couple of flaws:
It looks dirty. I have cleaned it after every use, and even popped it in the top rack of the dishwasher, but it is stained. The gold mesh looks dirty. Doesn't affect how it works, just bugs me.
Unfortunately, my favorite loose teas, Twinings English and Irish Breakfast, are pretty fine. This strainer does the best job so far in keeping the leaves out of my cup, but some still end up there. This is a flaw in every strainer I have used so far. Pouring boiling water over the ball makes it worse. I find that filling the cup or pot with boiling water and then immersing the strainer helps. Now, understand, I never went to the British school of brewing real tea--just switched to loose teas this past year, so maybe I am doing something wrong.
I wasn't paying attention a couple times and did not make sure the top was secured and ended up with leaves everywhere. It's not difficult to get it right, but darned easy to do it wrong.
It's also super easy to drop the chain into the teapot. The hook is good for nothing--too small to grab anything. So hang on to the chain or you'll end up with a bitter brew by the time you get to your second cup.
I also don't care for the plastic parts. I try to avoid plastic eating and drinking utensils.
I am using this one every day for now. Still on the hunt for the perfect infuser.
21 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Good for other spices, tooAug 28, 2007
I just bought this (in addition to loose tea) for adding whole mulling spices to warmed cider, mulled wine, chutneys, and cranberry sauces. Most tea balls are not big enough for a pot of cider.
Further, the main reason I picked this model was because most tea balls I have seen open in the middle which makes loading a couple tablespoons of tea/spices a real pain (fill each half and try to get the 2 together quickly without spilling too much). Also emptying the darned things...pull apart and watch the used tea/spices fly! This has a nice little lid. (P.S. Williams Sonoma has really nice whole mulling spices (so you don't have to buy all the ingredients separately yourself...try it!)
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Very good productMay 29, 2007
By B. Richardson
I am very satisfied with the SwissGold Tea infuser. It is very easy to clean, and I like the fact that it does not let tiny particles into the brew.
I have recommended this to various tea-loving friends, and the one who has tried it loves it also.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Best infuser ever!!!Apr 30, 2008
I was using those bloody tea balls that are round and you have to fill both halves and then figure out how to clip them shut. Is it just me lacking dexterity or is that a really flawed design? Anyway, this infuser is perfect. Unscrew the top, toss in however much loose tea you want (A couple of Tablespoons of Chai but just one scant Tablespoon for the Earl Grey with extra bergamot), screw the lid back on and steep yourself some wondrous tea. Clean up could be easier but couldn't clean up always be easier? I love this infuser and will be buying a couple more just so I never have to worry about losing this or damaging this one.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Great Little InfuserMay 28, 2008
By Amazon Customer
This little infuser has come in handy for a variety of warm-beverage tasks. I definitely use this for tea, but I also use this in conjunction with a coffee press when the grounds are too fine for the press' sieve. This Swissgold infuser measures about 2-inches high and 1-1/2-inches in diameter. So, my guess is that it would hold up to 2-tablespoons of loose tea, depending on the particle size of the tea. Definitely recommend this for it's durability and functionality.
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