Monday, October 17, 2011

A neat tea infuser

Welcome for tea this week my friends.  Although I'm not making tea for us today, I wanted to tell you about a couple of things.
If you frequent Starbucks at this time of year, you know they have a pumpkin spice latte that is to die for.  I hadn't had one yet and during the running of errands last week saw a Starbucks while out.  Mmm, delicious.
On the counter, there were some small packages of madeleines and I wondered if they would taste as good as the ones I make?
Well, they weren't as good as my home made ones but were a nice treat with the latte.
In the summer while at a tea room with some friends, we were given a really neat infuser with loose leaves in it.  David's Tea, where I've been buying tea lately, has one the same and so I purchased one.
We have a Keurig machine for coffee so I just run hot water through it into the infuser and instant brewed tea!  Of course you could boil the kettle too.
When the brew is to your liking, sit it on your cup and when rim and infuser connect, a spring is released to allow the tea to run out the bottom into your cup.  The infuser makes one full mug of tea at a time.  You can see why these are so popular in a tea room, everyone can have their own selection and when water is added for a second cup, it still makes a strong enough tea.
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Trisha at Sweetology.  I hope you'll join my hosts and their guests for tea as well.


  1. Hello Judith,
    I have never tried a pumpkin spice latte but sounds interesting. And madeleines are nice anyway if selfmade or not. I am sure your madeleines are better, but some bought madeleines with the latte are better than nothing. The tea infuser looks interesting. Clever idea to construct such an infuser. Thank you for sharing this tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Good afternoon Judith,
    I am going to have to go to Starbucks and get me one of those lattes. It sounds really good! The infuser is a wonderful idea! The madelaines look good too. Thank you for sharing today and enjoy your week. May it be delightful in every way!


  3. yummy! The madelaines look pretty! Have a great day.

  4. Is that like a coffee French press? I can't quite figure it out. I usually let the tea leaves sit in the water and then pour it through a strainer. I think I'm missing something!

  5. I am not a Starbuck's fan as I don't drink coffee but that Pumpkin spice latte sounds so good. I think your madelaines would be tastier too!

  6. I have one as well...from the maker BrewT that I bought at a tea festival a year ago. It works quite well! I love madeleines, but home meade are always the best...but in a pinch, store bought do quite well. Can't have a cuppa without a biscuit, now van you??!

  7. Interesting infuser, Judith. I just bought a new one - the old standby screened ball type. Working nicely. Either way - brewing a great cup of tea is a daily joy!

  8. Hi Judith, I enjoyed your post and I learned something. I've never seen an infuser. I am however familiar with the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks! I had one recently, and I had a peanut butter/chocolate mini cupcake with mine. Mmmmm! Have a great week, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

  9. I love madeleines, and the pumpkin latte at Starbucks too! Your tea infuser is very interesting.

  10. I love the idea of the infuser - very clever!
    I've never had a Starbuck's pumpkin latte, and there's a Starbuck's inside my office building. Guess what I'll try tomorrow!

  11. Hello, Judith.
    Actually I am a Starbucks fan.Should I rush to Japanese Starbucks? Your home made madeleines on a beautiful plate look so delicious!!!I want to try it,Judith.
    Have a great day!

  12. Yum. That sounds delightful.

    My daughter gave me a Starbucks gift card - I'll look for the pumpkin spice latte!

    Wishing you a lovely week, Judith!

  13. Hi, Judith
    I was introduced to the pumpkin spice latte last year. I think one is on the agenda tomorrow! One per season will do; it's rather like dessert in a cup.

  14. Oh yes, it's not autumn until a pumpkin spice latte from SB has been enjoyed. That infuser is a fabulous idea... thanks for sharing it.. XO HHL

  15. Hi Judith,
    Yes, Pumpkin spice latte is delish and the madeleines look so good although I imagine your homemade are far better.

    I know those diffuser's are fabulous. I do not have one, but need to.
    So hope your cold is better. Your tea therapy is perfect. I still have the sore throat hanging on and not yet going into a cold, so I think it may be allergies and the dry air.
    Going to have my tea tonight and relax.

    Thank you for coming by for tea today. It is always so nice to see you.
    Blessings, Celestina Marie

  16. You have tempted me to try a pumpkin spice latte. I don't frequent Starbucks much, but may have to make a trip now.


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