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Details: By now, you have probably discovered the wonderful taste and variety of loose leaf tea and tea’s health benefits. Are you also aware that loose leaf tea has a smaller eco-footprint than tea bags, because of its bulk packaging? And, of course, loose leaf is economical – significantly less than whole leaf tea bags.
Enjoy the benefits of loose leaf tea anytime, anywhere, with your Libre tea glass! Take along your favorite loose leaf tea, and simply add hot water for easy, great tasting loose leaf tea all day long.
Personal Experience: It took me until well into my twenties before I first had the courage to try tea. I didn’t like coffee, so I assumed that I wouldn’t like tea. The health benefits drew me in, though, and I took the plunge. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I enjoyed it! It was over ten years later that I ventured into the realm of loose leaf teas. Oh how I wish I had discovered them earlier! The flavor (and benefits) just can’t compare to your run-of-the-mill packaged tea.
There was only one problem… loose leaf tea just doesn’t travel as well. I wanted to be able to steep my tea on the go and take those healthy benefits with me. That is when I discovered Libre tea glasses. Their tea glasses come in three styles… the 9-ounce Original, the 14-ounce Large, and the 10-ounce Mug. I chose to review the Large cup. Hey, when I drink tea I like a big cup!
My glass was carefully packaged within bubble wrap and paper. It was also inside packaging that looked ready for gifting. The package contained the three parts to the tea glass and a spare gasket for the lid.
The glass is large, but fits comfortably within my hand. It also fit easily into the cup holders on our car. Good thing, because this would be a must for tea on the go! It was surprisingly lightweight for something constructed of glass, poly, and metal. All of the pieces appear to be well made and ready for many, many cups of tea.
Making the tea is super-simple. There are two methods that you can use. The first method is to put your tea leaves and water directly into the glass and then drink from the glass with the filter in place. The second option is to put the water in the glass, put on the filter, add your tea, put on the cover, and invert the glass to allow the tea to steep.
The first method mentioned is my preferred for most of the teas that I drink… even those with a limited steep time. I like that I can toss everything in and be on the go quickly. I typically drink my tea up while it’s still hot, so I’m not overly concerned about it getting over-steeped. I’ve made several cups since receiving my glass. There is a little bit of a learning curve with finding the right amount of tea leaves to use and what temperature you want the water, but it didn’t take me long until I was making a great glass of tea every time.
The glass is double layered, so you can hold it with the hot tea in it and feel no discomfort or burning. It has a pleasant warmth that I think will be nice to wrap my hands around in the wintertime. The lid and strainer have nice large, strong threads so these lids stay on securely. My tea seems to hold warmth better than my usual mug, as well. The glass is stylish and also works well with other beverages… hot or cold… simply by removing the filter.
My two gripes are relatively minor. I wish that the filter was a bit finer. Many of the teas that I drink have tiny pieces that are getting through the mesh. It’s not as bad when I prepare the tea using method one, but when I invert and steep I get a considerable amount in the glass when I revert it back to upright. I also wish that the glasses were dishwasher safe. I’ve mentioned this one before in other kitchen product reviews, so many of you know that I try to limit my hand-washing because of sensitive skin. Dishwasher-safe is always a big selling point for me.
Pros: Tea on the go! Easy to make. Different methods of steeping to suit your favorite tea. Stylish design suitable for more than just tea. Price is about average for this type of product.
Cons: Could use a better filter. Would love to see a dishwasher-safe version of this, but for now this isn’t safe for dishwasher or microwave.