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ForLife Cold Brew Iced Tea Maker
A Necessity for Iced Tea Drinkers!
I bought this pitcher at the same time as I decided to try loose leaf tea one week ago and I use it daily! The mesh seal on the lid doesn't let any tea leaves through when you pour. The mouth of the pitcher is wide enough that you can stick your hand in with a sponge to make for easier cleaning. The lid has been difficult to clean because of all the tea leaves that get caught in the mesh, but that wasn't totally unexpected. I was a bit surprised at how thin the glass of the pitcher is - I thought it would be more substantial and heavy-duty. I'm hoping the pitcher is high enough quality that it won't break with my daily use.
Wanted to give it 5 but...
I wanted to love this ice tea maker when it came. It's so pretty, the filter top keeps all the leaves inside, and it's the perfect size. But it lasted a whole week and cracked out of no where. I was super careful with it because I could tell it was fragile and even kept it in my garage fridge that wasn't so full. I lifted it up from the shelf and heard a loud crack. The side split and ran the rest of the way up the pitcher. I was so upset. I couldn't believe that's all it took. Maybe it was a fluke or defect in the glass bc I don't see any bad reviews on the product but I would hope this would be more durable for the price.
This is an easy way to make iced tea. No need for heating water and messing with a recipe. Just add the tea to room temp water and wait overnight (if you can!) for delicious iced tea. I personally love the Mango Black Tea for this purpose!
Best iced tea pitcher. EVER.
I just purchased my second one of these iced tea pitchers. It fits nicely in my always tight fridge. I like the strainer which never lets even the smallest bit of loose tea into my cup. I sometimes brew in a pyrex 8-cup measure bowl and then place a tea cup strainer over the top of this pitcher (fits nicely) and pour the tea into this pitcher so I can store it in the fridge. I make so much iced tea for my family that it'll be nice to have a second, clean pitcher at the ready. When that last bit of iced tea is poured and we want another batch brewing right away, I don't want to worry about thermal shock issues (ice cold pitcher from the fridge + boiling water poured in = shatter). Having a second pitcher will really come in handy -- no waiting for the pitcher to come to room temperature! The only downside to arbor teas is that it's located in enemy territory! GO BUCKS!!!!!!! ;)
This is definitely a great product but I gave it four stars because it is a challenge to clean out. I love leaving looseleaf tea and creating all sorts of fun tea blends. It's great to share with the size of the larger one.
It appears to be scientific glass but I am still so very careful with it as I am afraid I am going to break it. And I would be so lost!
Use this daily, will cry if I break it!
No kidding, I use this pot daily. I have used it for both the cold brew (steps can be found under the eco brew tips from Arbor Tea) and also hot brew. They advertise it as cold brew, but it works just as good for hot brews. The fact that the mesh screen can be removed for cleaning is a MAJOR plus. Just be careful when removing the rubber rim, I get nervous I am going to tear mine. I ordered the smaller pot and I get 2 large cups from mine. I chose the smaller one as it fits neatly in my fridge.
I actually bought this with another earth friendly alternative in mind--sun tea. Tried it after receiving it yesterday and was super happy with the results! I can now make sun tea with my loose leaf. The only reason I did not give this product 5 leaves is because the glass is the "super thin" type and I feel nervous handling it. Which also means my kiddos are no longer allowed to help Mommy make sun tea b.c I am scared they will break it.
The Perfect Iced Tea Brewer!
We are never without iced tea since we purchased this brewer. The larger 50 oz. size is perfect for the two of us. Each night we select the tea for the next day and simply put it in the frig to brew. The tea is always smooth and is never bitter. With such a large selection of teas to choose from we are thinking about purchasing a second one.
This Brewer is A-m-a-a-zing!
Making iced tea with room-temperature water not only reduces the energy use of boiling water, with this brewer it results in a smooth tea without the bitterness of iced tea made with boiling water. Even after letting the brewer sit in my fridge for several days with the leaves still inside, my Thai iced tea wasn't a bit bitter. So glad to have this product!
At Last the perfect brewer
We have tried everything under the sun to brew ice tea that meets my husbands standards. Well this was the Christmas answer. Not only does it look great it does what it should. Couldn't believe it would filter all the loose tea, wonderful strainer. This along with a stump tea pot, Rooibos tea, measuring spoon, sampler of Rooibos tea, Arbor Teas made his Christmas
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