Looking for a modern glass teapot and maybe a kettle, too??
My bf became interested in loose leaf teas a while back, partially because of his business, and the hobby has rubbed off on me a bit as well. Our problem is that we have an old leaky electric kettle and an equally leaky glass teapot (press-style). I've heard good things about the PINO pro kettle and Zarafina (tho I don't think we need that much hot water at our disposal, as we still only drink a couple cups a day) - but am still trying to find a modern looking glass teapot with a large infuser basket (so many are made with tiny infusers that inhibit the leaves from dancing/deliciousness!). Any ideas from fellow teadrinkers (or anyone, really!) would be much appreciated! (Oh, and I know, I know, I love Joey Roth's sorapot, too - but I need a much more affordable option...) Thanks so much hounds!
I have a wonderful new glass teapot. Also gave one to my sister for her bday. We both love it. Not inexpensive but makes excellent tea. Called the Zhong Guo Cha infusion teapot. The tea leaves and water go into the upper part to steep, then a small button releases the tea to the bottom to be poured. Then more water can be added for a second pot. I bought ours at Savvy Tea (madsion ct) but found a blog link of someone else who loves this teapot!
One of the best ones out there is the Glasgow infuser teapot, which sells for around $25 on Amazon.com (with free shipping)
I think Grosche is a Canadian company, and they have a pretty cool line of infusers, teapots, and french presses too (www.grosche.ca).
here is the link to the Amazon page, its a very highly rated and reviewed item (4-5 Stars
They also have a nice teapot warmer, and they sell it really cheap (around $10). These are good deals since Amazon ships them for free too (save more money). Ive been using this on my stovetop for several months now to heat up the water, and using its infuser for loose leaf green tea. I also use it for flowering tea without the infuser, and it works great for that too. Check it out, I think you will like it! Happy tea drinking!
Bodum's are very nice & not fragile. Mine is over 20 years old & still perfect. Jaener (sp...the German company) also makes good ones. IME ones with long spots aren't worth it...the tip of the spot inevitably chips.
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A search for "glass teapot" will turn up many choices.
Thank you both for the suggestions!
Politeness: I agree that Bodum is one of those you keep around forever. In fact, I think that's what mine is currently (just beat up a bit). I was just hoping to go with something a little more out-of-the-norm is all.
Fauchon: Yes, I've been googling "glass teapot" quite a bit the last few days, and have so much to choose from! (I'll have to check out Jaener). It's been hard finding an infuser that I can get behind though. The glass ones with the tiny slits don't allow for much circulation (and I find are harder to clean), and a lot of the others in general have very small infuser to pot size ratio. I may just have to get a pot and then a seperate strainer for my cup.... not as great for presentation though.
Bodum Assam: http://www.vitacost.com/Bodum-Assam-G...
We have used one for years, often give them as gifts. However, unless Bodum has changed material specs since we bought ours, I question whether it is really glass (it may be) or whether instead it is made of polycarbonate. It is very strong and shock resistant, while being light in weight, which all seem to point to polycarbonate, if that matters to you.
As to the kettle, good luck. We are looking to get insurance for our Braun WK200, which may or may not be getting leaky (sometimes we see water on the base, but not every time, so we cannot be certain that we did not just set it there already wet) after a half-dozen years of hard use. The Braun is not glass, but it is a masterpiece of industrial design. However, the Braun is listed at "unavailable" or "no longer available" at several retail outlets.
The current alternatives are mostly made in China, and the "best" ones come with horrible reports of unquenchable smells and tastes -- see the reviews at amazon.com of the CapressoH2O Plus glass electric kettle (Consumersearch's favorite) and of the Chef's Choice Model 679 glass electric kettle (Good Housekeeping's favorite).
However, there is a different Chef's Choice model, the Model 695 Electric French Press, that is made in Germany, and which does not suffer from smell. As the name implies, it has the shape of a very large French press, a straight sided glass cylinder, and has two interchangable tops, one of them a French press-style plunger screen. We had one years ago and wore it out; it was that electric kettle that we replaced with the Braun WK200. It has a little less capacity than the Braun, and was a bit more expensive that the Braun (when you could find the Braun for sale), but it is a good product, as long as you commit to using it either as an electric kettle only or as a French press only -- if you use it often for coffee, the coffee oils infuse the seals, and give plain water later boiled in the unit a faint coffee taste.