If you’re anything like me you can’t wait to have that first cup of tea in the morning. I’m kind of impatient in other ways too…..
So if you’re impatiently trying to find out which tea accessories work best, I’ve rounded up all of my favorites here on one page.
You’re welcome. 😉 We, tea lovers, have to stick together.
Tea Accessories & Tea Equipment
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1. Tea Infusers For A Single Cup of Tea
A tea infuser is that handy gizmo that holds loose tea while it steeps or brews, either in a mug or a teapot full of hot water.
Sometimes they’re called a tea ball or tea egg because many of them are shaped like a ball.
I don’t like the tea ball infuser type much – my tea leaves always seem to sneak out and then I have to strain my tea before drinking, which sort of defeats the whole purpose of having an infuser…
If you’re looking to make just a cup at a time, these are my personal picks for the best tea infuser.
Extra Fine Mesh Infuser-Strainer
If you're going to strain your tea leaves out of your brew, you might as well just go in for one of these combo infuser/strainers. I like this one because it has a nice deep infuser basket. It also comes with a lid that also acts as a saucer so you don't get drippy tea all over your counter.
Fred MANATEA Silicone Tea Infuser
This super cute infuser is a favorite of my daughter. His little manatee flippers hanging over the rim of my mug always make me smile. Our underwater friend is made from food-safe, BPA free silicone. He's equally happy in a hot cup of tea or in the dishwasher.
Glass Single Serving Teapot
This is my favorite single-serving teapot. It's glass so you can see just how strong your tea is and it has a built-in strainer. The fact that the whole thing is dishwasher safe is a definite win.
Just add your loose tea to the strainer, and pour your boiling water over. Put on the lid and let steep until your tea is the perfect strength for you. It brews just about 12 ounces of tea.
2. Teapots for Two or More
There’s nothing like the ritual of making a pot of tea. Whether you drink a whole pot by yourself or drink tea with friends, a teapot is a must for a tea lover.
No matter what kind of teapot you prefer, there are a couple of things to think about when choosing a new one.
As a matter of fact, I wrote a whole post on how to choose the best teapot for your needs. Pop on over and take a look if you’re in the market for a new teapot.
3. Iced Tea Accessories
There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of iced tea in the summertime.
Whether you drink sweet tea, green tea or like to spice things up with some matcha and boba, it’s great to keep a pitcher on hand in your fridge no matter the season.
Another thing I keep in my fridge is a batch of easy to make simple syrup so you can easily sweeten your cold drinks without the constant stirring, stirring and stirring it takes to dissolve sugar.
Here’s a link to my favorite easy simple syrup recipe.
These are two of my favorite iced tea recipes that always get rave reviews:
Takeya 2 Quart Iced Tea Pitcher
I love this two-quart plastic pitcher with built-in removable infuser because I can brew my iced tea without worrying about the boiling water and glass possible mishaps.
It's slim so it fits in my refrigerator door. It also has a screw-on lid so you can take it places without worrying about leaks.
It's made of BPA free plastic and comes in cute colors to boot!
This has become my favorite iced tea pitcher. I used to have a gallon pitcher, but this 2-quart version fits so well in the refrigerator door that I've switched over.
Multi-Use Glass Pitcher to Brew, Infuse & Chill In
This is one of my first iced tea pitchers and it's still going strong. It's really pretty to set out if you have guests. I use it for both iced tea as well as infused waters since it has a built-in strainer.
I love this pitcher because you can brew your tea right inside. It's made of heatproof glass so you can pour boiling water in right over your loose tea or tea bags.
When they're done steeping, remove them, let cool for a bit and put the whole thing into your refrigerator to chill. Then you have tea whenever you want it without having to wait for it to cool down.
4. Electric Water Kettles
Electric water kettles are good for so much more than just tea. I also use mine to make pour-over coffee and any time I need to boil water for a recipe.
For my top picks along with important features to look for in a water kettle, head over to this post on how to choose the best electric kettle.
5. Handheld Milk Frother
You don’t have to froth your milk in your milk teas, but it sure makes drinking tea more fun!
While you can use a hand blender or an immersion blender, I like to use this little workhorse. It’s the same frother I use to break up the lumps in my matcha.
Handheld Milk Frother
Using a milk frother can take your milk tea to another decadent level. Just warm your milk, immerse the frother and let it do it's magic.
Be careful to shut it off before you remove it from the milk, or you'll end up with a mess on your hands. To clean it, just put it in a cup of water and turn it on for a few seconds.
This tiny powerhouse also works wonders to break up the lumps in matcha.
6. Boba Tea & Bubble Tea Necessities
Once you’ve mastered making the perfect chewy tapioca balls, it’s easy to make bubble tea at home.
I love making my own because I can vary the tea and level of sweetness and save money because I’m not constantly visiting my local tea shop.
Here are two of my favorite boba tea recipes along with the kind of tapioca pearls I use:
Black Tapioca Pearls
This is my favorite brand of tapioca pearls. Just the right amount of chewiness and very easy to make.
For one serving, add about 1/4 cup to a pot of boiling water and cover. They cook quickly (2.5 to three minutes).
Remove them immediately, dunk them in cold water, drain, soak in some honey or simple syrup and add to your bubble tea.
They don't keep well, so only make enough to use right away.
Reusable Boba Straws
Do your part to make an impact on the environment by never using another plastic straw again. I use these at home AND at my favorite tea shop when I order a bubble tea.
This set comes with a canvas bag to carry them in and a little brush to keep them clean. They're made from FDA food-grade stainless steel so they'll last you forever.
7. Matcha Making Accessories for Beginners
I definitely can’t claim to be an expert on the Japanese tea ceremony so all of my recommendations are just for the average tea lover who wants to make matcha drinks at home.
My favorite well priced, but still quality matcha brands are these two:
Here are a couple of items that make breaking up the clumps in my matcha drinks a breeze.
8. My Favorite Teas for Copycat Tea Recipes
I love a good copycat tea recipe that I can make at home instead of having to trek on over to my local Starbucks or tea shop.
These teas are my secret ingredients to the best copycat drink recipes I’ve found.
Breakfast in Paris Black Tea
I really hit the copycat Starbuck's drink jackpot when I found this tea. It's made of black tea AND it has bergamot, vanilla, and lavender already in the mix.
It comes in loose tea and tea bags so everyone is happy. It's THE tea to make a perfect copycat London Fog Tea Latte Recipe.
Tazo Chai Black Tea
These black tea bags have all the chai spices mixed in so it's super easy to whip up a delicious chai latte drink.
Starbucks Medicine Ball Copycat Teas: Teavana Tea Jade Citrus Mint and Peach Tranquility
As soon as the weather gets cooler, I make sure to have these two Teavana teas on hand.
The combination of these two in my Starbucks Medicine Ball Recipe makes for a tasty throat soother for when you feel a cold coming on.