Dieticians have told us time and time again that tea is an excellent addition to any routine—green tea, for example, is packed with longevity-boosting antioxidants, while white tea can supplement your brain and bone health (it's got some of those good-for-you antioxidants in it, too). But the actual process of actually drinking it can be, well, an annoying one.
It goes a little something like this: You boil water, pour it into your mug, steep the teabag, then wait for it to cool to a sippable temp. After what only feels like two minutes later (but is actually ten, because who can keep track of time?), your tea is lukewarm or cold. Womp womp. I'm a big tea drinker, and this happens to me Every. Single. Time. It's next to impossible to get perfectly hot (drinkable) tea, especially while you're multi-tasking.
This is why I started sipping my tea exclusively from Firebelly Tea's Stop-Infusion travel mug. The insulated cup comes with an infuser, which means you can brew your loose leaf tea for perfect flavor and sip on it all day long without losing tremendous amounts of heat. I've made myself tea in the mug in the morning, and have absentmindedly sipped on it for hours—from home at my desk and in the car during a day trip. It's truly the only way I've discovered to conveniently brew tea that stays hot no matter where you take it.
What makes the Firebelly Stop-Infusion travel mug so cool (but really, warm) is that it's not just leak-proof and designed with medical-grade stainless steel to insulate beverages—it also features a tapered edge to feel more like a mug. That way, you can drink from it more comfortably without the risk of accidentally spilling on your shirt (the number of times I've done this with regular travel mugs is impressive at this point). It's got a non-slip base as well, so whether you're drinking tea at your desk or balancing it somewhere on the go, it's really hard to tip over.
What's more, it's easy to use. Just pour in your loose leaf tea, and fill water to the designated line:
I'll let the tea steep for a few minutes before inserting the filter (it pushes the leaves down, similar to how a French press works).
You can use it to make iced tea, too—just fill up the mug with ice cubes while you steep your tea of choice. When you're done, hand-rinse the exterior and interior (the exterior shouldn't go in the dishwasher, but you can place the interior chamber on the top rack).
Not into loose leaf? You can use this as a regular travel mug, too. Whether you go the coffee or tea route, your bevvies will stay hot (or cold) for hours. Cheers to that!
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