Stainless Steel Tea Infuser Spoon
Crafted from 6.25″ stainless steel with a high-polish finish. Perforated infuser spoon has spring closure safely holds tea leaves while brewing. Styling blends slender necks with flared handles and faceted tips. Dishwasher-safe.
A tea infuser is a device in which loose tea leaves are placed for steeping, usually in a cup; it is often called a teaball or tea maker, and sometimes a tea egg. The tea infuser gained popularity in the first half of the 19th century. By the time of Queen Victoria no respectable British household would be without one. Tea infusers enable one to easily steep tea from fannings and broken leaf teas.
A tea infuser performs the same function as a tea bag. The infuser is generally a small mesh or perforated metal container or covered spoon that holds tea leaves, in varying sizes to steep single or multiple servings at once. Common shapes for infusers include spherical, conical and cylindrical. One style of infuser is a split sphere with tong-like handles to open its mesh container.
Two other types of tea infusers
The infuser is placed in a cup or pot of hot or boiling water, allowing the tea to brew without loose tea leaves spilling into the pot or cup. A rod or chain is commonly attached to the container of the infuser to make retrieval from the pot or cup easier. Infusers with large holes may not catch all the leaves, requiring the use of a tea strainer to remove the remaining pieces.