“ Manufacturer: Bodum „
Apart from the odd alcoholic beverage I am a big fan of hot drinks, coffee, all kinds of tea and even the occasional hot chocolate or hot water with lemon. With this fondness for a good cuppa I have owned quite a few kettles and teapots in my time.
This Bodum Assam tea press teapot holds 0.5 litres (although it is available in a larger size); this size is perfect for one person if you only really want one biggish cup of tea. Personally, when I have used this teapot I have tend to use it more in the morning when I don't have the time to sit back, relax and enjoy several cups of tea while reading my latest choice of novel.
Personally, I love coffee in the morning, but I love tea at anytime of the day, if I can't sleep or if I'm agitated, if I'm cold or even if I want a little bit of a treat, it is unusually a good cup of tea that I search out. I love being able to buy loose tea, it tastes better and it's nice to shop in the specific outlets that often carry a large range of more unusual blends to choose from, although I do always tend to favour the classics. I love a good cup of earl grey. Right, sorry, enough about the tea and back to the teapot.
This is really simple and easy to use, it has a filter that allows you to add loose tea and water while leaving to infuse before pressing the plunger and readying the teapot to pour and serve. It is pretty well designed and because it doesn't hold that much water it is easy to handle and pour. The filter and lid are both made from stainless steel.
The price for this is really quite reasonable, sometimes these teapots can be on the expensive range of things. However, at the moment you can purchase this from Amazon for £13.99 but although it is a reasonable price it is a small teapot that you are getting for your money.
This teapot is easy to clean and even easier if you clean it before any tea leaves can dry and stick like glue. The tea pot is dishwasher friendly and it is simple to clean. I always make sure I treat it carefully as it is made from glass and it isn't like the cafetieres, where if you break the glass you can just buy a replacement beaker. I've been using mine for a while now and so far I haven't had any close calls or worries about the teapot's sturdiness.
I like this teapot but I don't love it. It's a pretty average teapot of this nature and I have ones that do a very similar job, but that I like more. This deserves a pretty average three out of five stars, this isn't meant to be a negative reflection in any form, it is just an average rate for an average filter teapot, it does work well and it does make nice tea it just isn't that bit more special.
The Bodum 1801 Assam Tea Press looks very similar to a standard coffee cafetiere. The pyrex pot sits in a metallic stand that incorporates the black handle of the teapot. I think it looks quite stylish and modern and definitely more interesting than a standard teapot!
Ease of Use
To use the Bodum 1801 Assam Tea Press you fill the special tea filter compartment with loose leaf tea and pour on freshly drawn boiling water. Allow the tea to percolate for as long as you like (normally 3-5 minutes) and then pour; it really is as easy as that. This is good because at the end of the day, you are making a cuppaand don't want the process to become a long drawn out ceremony.
When it comes to washing up, things are similarly straight forward. All the bits come apart easily and are also dishwasher safe.
£12.99 in TK Maxx (about £25.00 elsewhere)
Does it work?
The Bodum 1801 Assam Tea Press is a nifty and stylish way to brew excellent tea. The main thing I like about it is that it is transparent, which means you can easily see how strong the tea is (unlike a normal tea pot). This is good because you can really appreciate the difference in colours between the various teas, for example, Kenyan has a deep terracotta, coppery colour, whereas English Breakfast has a more pale amber quality. You really can taste the difference between loose leaf tea and conventional tea bags and I would say that the Bodum 1801 Assam Tea Press is an easy and convenient way to enjoy loose leaf. At only £12.99 from TK Maxx it is a real bargain.
The only downside for me is that the pyrex type material that it is made from seems to retain strong odours. Not a problem with your normal teas but I had to wash mine 3 times before I got rid of the stink of Lapsang Souchong (a very strong Chinese tea).
Apart from that, I have only good things to say about it. It is clear, easy to use and makes great tasting tea; job done as far as I am concerned. Particularly if you like to experiment with different loose leaf teas, I would certainly recommend this product.