Bodum Kenya Tea Press
I am a fan of drinking tea and usually I get through at least 3 or 4 cups a day. I bought this tea press because I wanted something that I could use as an everyday alternative to teapots. I have quite a few nice teapots and in order for them to stay nice, I did not want to be using them everyday. I came across this teapot at the time on the dunelm-mill website. I liked the design of it and the price was very reasonable. The tea press comes in two sizes, small and large. The small one is the one that I bought and it holds 0.5l of tea. The large tea press holds up to 1l.
I paid £9.99 for the small tea press from dunelm-mill.com. The large one is available on there too for £15.99.
The design of the tea press is very simple. It is made mainly from plastic apart from the glass bowl and tea press rod. It is very easy to take apart and clean and then put back together. The plastic handle and coaster base make the tea press convenient to use and the transparent glass bowl allows you to see how your tea is brewing. As the handle does not get hot, you do not have to wait for the tea to cool before pouring it, which is something I often have to do with my other teapots.
The tea press is very simple to use. Once all the parts are properly in place you simple place the tealeaves or bags into the strainer, add hot water and leave it to brew. When the tea is as strong as what you like it, you just press down the plunger all the way to the bottom so that the leaves/bags stop brewing any further. And there you have it, a perfect cup of tea.
The tea press makes enough tea for two people or for one person to have a couple of teacups full or a large mug. If I am only making one cup of tea I tend to just put enough water in for me and not fill it all the way up to the top. I like using this tea press because I like my tea strong and the glass bowl allows me to see how strong I am making it so that I get it right before pouring it into my cup. The tea press can be washed in the dishwasher too so it is simple to use and clean.
I have been using the tea press for about 6 months now and I have had no problems with it whatsoever. It is still in good condition and it has saved my other teapots from a lot of hard work. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who enjoys a good cuppa and is looking for an alternative to using a china teapot. It works just as well with tea bags as it does tealeaves too.
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My girlfriend, like most women it seems, is a huge fan of tea. It makes for easy present buying on my behalf as I usually just pop down to the local boutique coffee house and buy a tin of some snazzy sounding tea leaves. However in my genius one night I managed to break her very nice tea pot and so left me in the position of having to buy her a new one! I'm quite a coffee fan myself and so went for a reputable brand; Bodum.
Bodum produce a huge range of kitchen goods, ranging from salt shakers to milk frothers. While I had previously only associated them with coffee I came to realise they have quite a wide range of tea products too. Looking on Amazon I found the "Kenya Tea Press" for £18.30 delivered. It was relatively expensive, like most Bodum products but they simply do not break so they're definitely worth the money up front. I'd rather buy one of these than 3 poorer quality models.
In the end I settled on the 0.5L model as I don't drink tea that often and it seemed a waste to buy the 1 litre model. Out of the box it comes in four parts, some of which is already pre-assembled. There is the outer plastic frame, the jug itself, the clear plastic strainer and the plunger apparatus. As with most Bodum products the feel of quality is immediately obvious. The glass, while thin, is made of some pyrex like blend that can handle boiling water immediately followed by ice cold fluids. I wouldn't recommend it regularly but it's nice to know if you do it by accident. The plastic is all dishwasher safe and washes off very easily. Overall the quality is superb and really puts your mind at ease when filling it with half a litre of scalding hot water!
Using the tea press is the safe as any other really. Fill the bowl with water, pop in the tea leaves into the strainer and pop on the plunger. Then you wait. It's nice to be able to visually see the strength of your tea as the leaves infuse with the water, and to be honest it looks rather pretty at the same time! Once you've achieved the required strength just push down the plunger and pour away. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is no real spout, just a lip on the edge. There isn't any problems in pouring however though and I've yet to spill tea all over the couch!
Cleaning up afterwards is a breeze. Just wash it out with water and a small bit of fairy and you're away. I disassemble and wash it all in the dishwasher once a week to keep it brand new looking. I was going to complain about the strainer discolouring but having used the previous reviewers bicarbonate of soda suggestion I don't have that problem any more! This really is a 5 star item, it's a little pricier than the alternatives but it works like a charm and looks very pretty in the process. My girlfriend is delighted with hers so by extension so am I!
The Kenya tea press is a modern looking glass teapot which comes with an integral strainer/plunger.
The teapot is available it two sizes, 0.5L and a 1.0L, it is on the smaller 0.5L size pot that this review is based.
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The tea pot comes in 4 sections.
A dark brown plastic outer cage with handle.
A clear glass bowl with shaped section for pouring.
A white see through plastic strainer
A dark brown plastic lid with built in plunger.
The teapot is easy to assemble (and to take apart for cleaning). The glass bowl slots into the outer cage, this is kept in place by clipping the handle part of the cage onto the glass bowl. The strainer is then inserted into the glass bowl and lid goes on top with plunger part covering the strainer.
Once assembled the teapot is easy to use. Simply remove the lid, pop the loose tea (or the tea bags) into the stainer and replace the lid with the plunger in the up position. Leave your tea to brew until at the strength you require then slowly press down the plunger to seal the tea leaves/bags in the bottom of the strainer where they are no longer in contact with the water and your tea is ready to serve.
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When it comes to tea I know exactly how I like it, for me to enjoy tea it has to be at a certain strength, anything less will just not do.... As this tea pot has a clear glass bowl you can clearly see how strong the tea is before you press the plunger and once pressed the tea will stay at that strength so you are guaranteed the perfect cuppa every time. The pot is just the right size to hold two good sized mugs of tea, and although designed to be used with tea leaves it works equally well with tea bags. The pot does not have a spout as such, it is more like the lip you get on a jug but it has been well designed and pours without any drips.
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked my teapot was how thin the glass is on the bowl, it is really thin just a few millimetres thick. I was a bit concerned that it would be a bit to fragile but I have been using this pot for over a year now and it has proved to be a lot stronger than it looks, after daily use over the last year or so the pot is still in as good condition as the day I bought it.
The only problem I have had with this teapot is that the strainer tends to get a bit discoloured from the tea, not a major problem as I find a quick soak in bicarbonate of soda every few weeks cleans it up like new. That is my only very minor criticism of a great teapot.