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Finum Brewing Basket, medium , black
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- Made of 18/10 stainless-steel mesh, the basket is framed in heat-resistant plastic
- Basket does not affect taste or aroma
- Lid helps maintain warm temperature for a longer period and can be flipped over and used as a drip-off tray
- Brewing Basket size M fits cups with diameters from 2.3 to 3.5-inches; dishwasher safe and also easy to clean under tap water
- International patents: US Pat: 6 161 470, JAP 21 6889/1999, DGM 298 13 791.7
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Finum Brewing Basket Given the delicate tissue structure that makes up the filter, the product may be used for fine teas and coffee alike. The combination of high quality plastic and stainless steel allow the user to have an aromatic enjoyable experience while the tea lid maintains the tea warmer for a longer period of time. Once the brew is complete, the lid can simply be flipped over and used as a drip tray for the used tea filter.
Top Customer Reviews
I also tried coffee. I wasn't so impressed by this. There's a lot of coffee bean silt at the bottom and foamy residue at the top. I'll stick with paper filter for now even though I'm not thrilled by the idea of throwing away disposable paper each time. I thought about deducting one star from this but since I didn't buy it for the coffee, I left it.
Over all, it's an excellent product, design, material and built-wise. I brewed tea and coffee then tea again one after another but smell of coffee didn't seem to stay on it. Between each time, all I had to do was rinse it with water, no soap.
Now the detailed dimension I wanted to know before I bought it but I couldn't find.
Height to the underside of the top rim(this decides if the basket sits on the bottom of the cup or the top of the cup): 73mm
Foot print: 47mm in diameter, quickly tapered(about 45 degree angle) to 52mm(bottom of the mesh cylinder).
Top of the mesh cylinder: 57mm in diameter
Above the mesh cylinder but underside of the rim(this decides the minimum diameter of the cup when the basket sits on top of the cup): 62mm in diameter.
This means, if you have a cup little smaller than 62mm inside diameter at the top, the basket may not go down all the way but maybe partly goes in the cup. Under 57mm, you probably won't get a good result.
Far end of the handle to the opposite: 98mm
Length of each handle: 18mm
This means, if you have a cup between 62mm and 80mm in diameter at the top, the basket sits on the top without positioning. Between 80mm and 98mm, you'll need careful positioning of the basket or the basket will fall in the cup. Above 98mm, it'll always fall, unless the basket sits on the bottom of the cup.
Sample photos have been posted for visual comparison. I hope it'll help your decision making better.
Now, let me start with the Pro's and the Con's that a few other people have mentioned.
1. Made in Germany (yes, it's made in Germany and not in China) this is a big pro!!!!
2. Small and convenient with two thumb tabs which allow for easy lifting from your cup after steeping is complete.
3. The fine mesh basically prevents even the smallest of tea from passing through.
4. This medium filter holds a lot of tea so you can easily use it for your tea cup/coffee cup or travel mug.
5. The lid, as mentioned in another review, can be used as a drip tray for the infuser. That's a nice plus.
1. The plastic, like all plastics, can retain the essence of other teas if it isn't regularly washed.
2. Because of the gold plating a patina can develop that can alter the flavor of your tea. Don't allow this to happen. See tips.
1. Do clean your filters properly. I usually clean my filter within one half hour of brewing. Often a simple rinse will do but a few times a week I use an old toothbrush and Ecover Creme Rinse. The toothbrush and cream rinse provide a nice, gentle abrasive cleaning and will keep your infuser in tip, top, shape.
2. Always, dry and store your infuser. I've seen many people allow tea to stay in their infusers and dry up. This is wrong. The tea can stain the infuser and impart flavors that can alter the taste of other teas.
3. Buy this filter, or any of the other Finum Infusers! I know it's not Swiss Gold, but it is Made Germany. The cost is very reasonable and you can buy one and have it delivered for $10.00 or less.
4. Avoid bamboo infusers. They were great two hundred years ago but they don't hold up well to multiple infuses, allow too much tea to enter the cup and get stained very easily.
5. Once a month heat a cup of boiling water. Immerse your infuser into this cup. Add to this one half teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Allow it to soak for one hour with the infuser lid on. You can get this at any CVS store. The peroxide sterilizes the infuser and will keep it sparkly shiny.
6. Avoid most of the "stainless steel" filters until you have verified that they are "not Made in China". In order for us to stimulate the American Economy we must use our buying power wisely. Choosing Made in America, Made in the U.K. Made in Germany, Made in Switzerland, or Made in Canada is good as well as any of the other EU countries. Let's send a message to China that says "our lives" are not completely dependent on Sweatshop Labor and cheap products.