Melanie After all the tea balls that I have broken and battled with over the years it is a relief to find something as perfectly functional and simple as the Finum Basket. Who hasn't had the unpleasant experience of a tea ball opening up while you're brewing tea? What a mess!!
The Finum Brewing Basket is a re-usable filter perfect for tea (or coffee) and constructed of a stainless steel mesh in a plastic frame. You simply place the basket in your mug or tea pot, add the loose leaf tea, and pour the water over the tea. When the tea is steeped to your liking just lift the basket out and place it on the lid which doubles as a drip tray. How easy is that? Another improvement over a tea ball is the volume that the tea leaves have to expand in - the tea is able to steep evenly and the flavor to fully develop. The mesh is fine enough that even Rooibos doesn't escape through the filter. Over time and with regular use the stainless steel mesh does become a bit stained but it is dishwasher safe and I have found that vinegar cleans it up nicely.
This is a Must-Have accessory for anyone who drinks tea and I would recommend buying more than one - it's perfect to use at the office or when you are traveling.
(via Tea Reviews - Its All About The Leaf)