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purchase ingenuiTEA teapot in LA?

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hi all,

I'm thinking of purchasing the ingeuiTEA teapot ( http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/96bb/ ). I know that you can obviously purchase it online, but I was wondering if fellow CH'ers know of anywhere in LA that I can purchase it. I live near West LA / Santa Monica, so the closer the better, but I'll drive a good distance to get it.

Thanks, all! =)

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  1. Sorry to sound ignorant, but i have never heard of the IngenuiTEA before and just checked it out. Does it just hold the tea leaves and water until you put it over a mug, at which point it just filters the leaves out? Im just trying to understand if it does anything special because this just sounds like a teapot with a filter.

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    1. re: carln

      Hi, carln.
      Yes, it does exactly as you describe.

      It is very easy to use. Put your loose leaves into the pot. Pour in hot water and let it steep; it does not leak. Then, when you are ready, place it over your drinking container. Its own weight over the cup or thermos plus the placement opens a mechanism at the bottom of the IngenuiTEA pot to allow the tea to strain through.

      It is a gizmo, of sorts, but it works very well!

      1. re: carln

        hey carln,

        There's a video demonstration on Adagio's webpage:

        http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenui...
        (click on the green-colored "See It Work NEW VIDEO" button on the top-left =) )

      2. Hi, Tmblweed!
        I have the ingenuiTEA "cup" (16 oz.) that you have mentioned. I purchased it many years ago from Adagio Teas and they probably still sell it. It works perfectly, although it is a bit difficult to clean. The tea stains just don't bother me anymore.

        I have a few ideas, but you might find something similar and not ingenuiTEA brand. You can try the ABC Appliance store at the top level of the Koreatown Plaza shopping center (928 S. Western), Suite 333. They have a lot of tea items. You can also try Wing Hop Fung downtown and up the escalator.

        I think you might be more successful at ABC, but I know Wing Hop Fung carries a lot of similar pots that will serve you.

        Also, you might try Teavana, a tea shop in several of our Southern California malls. You can log onto their site and find a shop near you. Here is the similar one that they carry: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Products/T...

        Good luck...and please post back to let us know of your findings.

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        Wing Hop Fung
        727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        1. You can get similar devices at Asian supermarkets or at Wing Hop Fung. I saw a glass one somewhere recently. Personally, I would avoid these things, but if you're going to get one, try to find a glass one rather than plastic, food-grade or not.

          I would suggest a porcelain teapot or gaiwan instead. Not really that much harder to use or clean, and looks nicer.

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          1. re: will47

            Oh - WHF reminded me that you can also try their higher-priced sister company Bird Pick, which is closer to you, as they now have a Culver City outlet.

            They carry the Kamjove version of this thing on their site, but you should call to see if they have it in stock.
            http://birdpick.com/843278.html

            IIRC, the 99 Ranch next to WHF on Atlantic / Garvey had generic brand glass ones on one of the endcaps the other weekend.

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            99 Ranch
            17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

            1. re: will47

              Hi, will47!
              Thanks for the info about Bird Pick. I have never been there, although I believe we have passed it. I certainly did not know that they are related to Wing Hop Fung.

              Tell me about the shop. Can you sip a cup of tea there? Is it a bar set-up? Is their loose leaf tea fresh? Have you purchased any tea wares there...happy with them?
              I did check out their website, but I would love to hear some more details from you about this place.

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              Wing Hop Fung
              727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

              1. re: liu

                It's run by, I think, the daughter of the guy who owns Wing Hop Fung. I haven't really gone there, other than to check out their original shop once or twice. They have had one open in Old Town Pasadena for a while. I believe there is a tea bar.

                Mostly, it's the same stuff at WHF, but 20% more expensive. It's Ok for what it is, and better than your average mall tea store like Teavana, but there isn't really a lot of stuff there that's really for me.

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                Wing Hop Fung
                727 N Broadway 102, Los Angeles, CA 90012

                1. re: will47

                  Hi, will47...thanks for this very honest review of Bird Pick.
                  I remember from other posts that you are pretty serious about your tea, so I appreciate your assessment of this Wing Hop Fung sister shop.