I knew that I'd do a review for the TeaPod as soon as I visited the website and watched the video. I drink tea. I like a great design. I really like choice. I like a new angle on an existing product if it works. And the TeaPod was all that..and I'm a sucker for great packaging! Did I ever tell you that it took me over a week to open my new iPod because I didn't want to spoil the sublime packaging...even the pristine cellophane.....Oh, I digress.
Mr TeaPod sent me a handful of samples from their range of eleven teas, all from Fair Trade estates in exotic Sri Lanka. Just as well he chose.... eleven to choose from for heaven's sake - I have trouble choosing a mug to drink from! So, I made a cuppa, following the directions. Not gruelling. Drop the TeaPod in the mug, pour on the freshly boiled water and allow the tea to infuse.
Then..use the TeaPod as a spoon, stir, add milk if desired and carry on as usual.The thing about the Teapod is that you can leave it in if you're a herbal/fruit tea enthusiast, you get a real infusion, as it should be. Unlike us 'builders tea' types who leave nothing but the spoon in - and here's an advantage...the TeaPod won't leave you with a blunt force trauma to the face like a teaspoon will! Although of course, you, dear Internet, are far too well mannered to even contemplate leaving a spoon in, I know.
Of course, with no tea bag, there's no squishing against the side and running to the sink or bin....indeed, a polite tap on the edge of the mug and there was no dripping. In the relative comfort of my kitchen, I had a fair trade brew which was very nice, perfectly measured and rather a fun thing to make. And then I popped the TeaPod and its envelope in the recycling bin.
So bring on another test. When I'm out delivering - and particularly if Mr D comes too, I take a flask of boiling water, a teaspoon, two mugs and four tea bags. We share a mug of tea made the normal way - the second mug is to drop the used teabags into. Colour me utterly delighted by the TeaPod then. We each chose our preferred tea, I had my own mug and I didn't need the teaspoon and extras. And the pod goes back in it's little envelope (re-christened a 'sleeping bag', because one of us couldn't think of the right word...). And now I don't have wet and mushy used teabags to deal with when sorting out the snack bag. Genius! Now this may not be a large thing for you - but for us tea drinkers on the go, it's an awesome step up!
|And then of course, there's the erm, arty, decorative potential of the TeaPod .|
Furthermore, to infuse you with a similar enthusiasm, there's a chance for you to win a year's supply of TeaPods - *insert little shriek* - I love this part! A year's supply - that's over £175 worth of TeaPods..how fab a delivery will that be! It's open to UK residents only - and worth a pop, huh! All you have to do is visit the competition page on the TeaPod website and answer a very simple question. Mr TeaPod assures me that you will not be bombarded with mailshots and spam emails if you enter, it's not the way they work. Like a lot of us, they intend to treat potential customers they way they would like to be treated as potential customers. Does that make sense? If it did, hurrah.
Excuse me now, I'm away to infuse myself. Probably fruity this time.