Swissgold TF 200 Tea Ball
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- 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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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.
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-Perfect size - It can hold a lot or a little and still work perfectly. Fits into any tea cup I've tried and I have had NO problem with the chain falling into the cup and having to fish it out.
-Gold plated - It will never rust!
-Ultra fine metal screen keeps in the smallest of loose teas (though I have had some teas loose a few particles into my brew, these are pretty uncommonly small)
-Still possible for some very fine teas to loose particles through the screen, though I think if they made the screen holes any smaller you wouldn't have a tea ball any more. Definitely the best you can get!
-I have to "tip" the tea ball to fully drain all the water as the screen material is only on the sides. The bottom is somewhat curved and retains a bit of water when removing the ball, which you have to drain out. I would suggest adding an extra screen on the bottom to allow drainage and better circulation in the tea cup.
Overall, I am enthralled with my tea ball and use it regularly. I would definitely purchase it again and recommend it to any avid tea drinkers.
The product works far better than the balls where the lid (at least for me) often gets twisted in the wrong direction, and then doesn't want to come off.
My only complaint is that the smaller size leave pieces sometimes does get through; but generally when that does happen, the tea is still very drinkable.
If something did happen to my tea ball, I would buy this product again; and I do recommend it over anything else of its kind.
I have recommended this to friends and family, and I also recently purchased this as a wedding gift for a fellow tea lover (to accompany the teapot from their registry).
Only quibble might be that there aren't good options upon removing the strainer from the cup while at my desk at work; placing it top down is precarious, since the top is rounded. Oh, and also, the chain can be a bit short; some more firm and long protuberance (eep) from the top might make for easier strainer removal.
But in general, this thing is decent and reasonably priced enough that I ended up buying one for home and one for work.
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!)
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