Dechunxian Bottom Dispensing Glass Tea Pot and Infuser Review

Dechunxian Bottom Dispensing Glass Tea Pot and Infuser Review

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Takeaway: Never over steep your tea again. Great size for making 1-2 cups.

The teapot is handsomely made from glass, which according to the included promotional booklet (in Chinese) is hand-crafted. But you never can tell these days. Regardless, the unit did not come with instructions though it is pretty straightforward to use. The infuser portion is a removable plastic cup with fine mesh over a bottom dispenser. Open it by pressing the lever above the handle and place your loose tea leaves inside. Add hot water and close the lid, pressing down until it clicks; the rubber gasket holds in the heat and steam for a fast and efficient infusion. When the tea is brewed to your desired strength, press the red button to dispense the tea into the glass teapot and prevent over brewing. The fine mesh effectively strains out almost all the debris expect for very fine tea dust. Tea dust can be removed by initially "rinsing the tea leaves," that is, add a couple tablespoons of hot water to the dry leaves, then dispense and discard the liquid before your first infusion.

The infuser can brew about 7 oz of water at a time. For 1 teaspoon of black tea, use boiling water and your first infusion should take about 30 seconds. The second infusion can be done right away and the leaves should only sit for about 5 seconds before dispensing. The tea pot can hold a little over two cups of liquid so you can probably get away with a third infusion if you use a little less water. The third infusion should take 30 seconds, like the first. Timing your infusions this way, ensures that each brew has consistent concentration and the tea leaves don't over-steep since the liquor is removed. Oversteeping can lead to a sour taste and bitterness in the tea.

To remove and empty the infuser portion, grasp the lid and twist counter clockwise, then gently lift it out. Separating the unit makes it easier to empty the tea leaves and clean as well. I found that sometimes water gets "stuck" between the mesh and the dispenser; by turning the infuser upsidedown and pressing the dispenser tip in with my finger, I can shake the water back out through the mesh so that it dries more quickly. I enjoy this little glass teapot because it's the perfect size for my morning tea, and I can brew enough to share a second cup while ensuring a perfectly steeped brew every time.

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