Editors' pick: Originally published Jan. 9.
Happy National Hot Tea Month! To the confusion of coffee drinkers, Hot Tea Month comes every January just in time for the bitter kickoff of the flu season. No matter the blend, a steaming cup of tea makes the perfect fix to a terrible day. Why not celebrate a holiday you didn't know about?
Where tea lacks in caffeine, it makes it up with awesome gear.
If you haven't moved beyond the standard Lipton bag, it's time to get on it, friend. There'a a world of flavors you're missing out on. If you're not trying to read the future Harry Potter-style, a good infuser lets you give your tea the flavor you're looking for, without leaving a collection of tea leaves in the bottom of your cup. This BPA free version of Fred & Friends gives you all of that with the bonus of representing everyone's favorite spirit animal.
Now that you're too cultured for tea bags, you're going to want the same hot loose-leaf deliciousness during your frozen morning commute. This insulated infuser bottle from Vibrant, let's you have your tea wherever you are. As an added benefit, its dual steeper-strainer is completely removable, meaning that when you realize you desperately need coffee half way through the day, the bottle is happy to accommodate.
So you're lazy and don't want to deal with loose leaf tea; never be afraid to be who you are. These cute snails ensure you don't end up reaching for a tea bag at the bottom of a boiling cup.
Just when you thought you achieved maximum class with infusers, someone went ahead and turned tea into a centerpiece, because that's what everyone needed. This glass pot allows you to watch as a blooming flower slowing steeps into a glass of tea. The pot is stove top, dishwasher and microwave (lazy) safe, and the set includes 24 assorted Grade AA teas. If you're feeling less flowery, the pot can also be used to brew any regular old cup of tea.
Can you truly appreciate a beverage without knowing everything about it? I certainly can. Besides providing a directory of 42 select teas and a variety of recommendations, the book by Kevin Gascoyne takes the reader on a history of tea and takes a comprehensive look at modern tea producing countries among other features.
At the end of the day, the only thing you really need to enjoy tea is hot water...and the tea...and a cup. If you're ready to evolve away from heating water in the microwave, step up your stove top with a unique kettle. This kettle from Animal Kettle blends the perfect level of ridiculousness and functionality to provide an experience with every sip. Warning: It does, unfortunately, whistle.