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If you're looking for a healthy alternative to your morning cup of coffee, an afternoon pick me up or a calming beverage to drink before going to bed, tea is usually the best option. It has been proven to offer a number of health and wellness benefits, from reduced risk of a heart attack to potential weight loss. Tea's low to non-existent levels of caffeine will prevent the jitters as well and will help ensure your body stays hydrated throughout the day.

Certain companies, like Teavana, have created tea-brewing products to go along with their delicious tea – for instance, the Teavana PerfecTea Maker. The Teavana PerfecTea Maker is user friendly, compact and makes the perfect cup of flavorful tea in no time. Much like a French press, this Teavana tea press extracts the essence of the tea leaves and brews the best tea while taking up very little space in your kitchen. Best of all, it's very easy to use.

Gather the Equipment and Tea Materials

Teavana has been recognized for their unique tea flavors, like Tropical Beach Bellini to Peach Tranquility and Spicy Imperial Chai. Though you can simply buy these teas from Teavana and make them on your own at home, the Teavana PerfecTea Maker, also known as the Teavana tea infuser, will help you make the best-possible version of that tea.

In addition to the loose-leaf tea and the Teavana PerfecTea Maker, you'll also need:

  • A pot or electric kettle to boil water
  • Measuring spoons
  • A drinking mug

Measure the Tea and Add It to the Teavana Tea Maker

The first step is to measure 2 tablespoons of the loose-leaf tea of your choice and put it into the Teavana PerfecTea Maker. To ensure even tablespoons, consider using the Teavana PerfecTea Spoon as well, though any measuring spoon will work. With this amount, you'll get up to 16 ounces. Make sure the Teavana tea maker is on a flat surface throughout the entire process.

Boil Enough Water for the Tea

Boil 16 ounces or 2 cups of water on your stove top or in an electric tea kettle. This is the ideal amount, as that's how much 2 tablespoons of loose-leaf tea will yield. When ready, fill up the device with boiling water, just short of the top of the glass. Take care as you transfer the water to prevent burns or injuries.

Steep the Tea

Close the Teavana PerfecTea Maker lid and let the tea steep or soak into the boiling water. This allows the flavor of the tea to really spread into the water. Do this for approximately three to eight minutes depending on the type of tea. The longer you let the tea steep, the stronger the flavor will be.

Serve the Tea

Now that your tea is ready, get your mug. Unlike regular tea kettles where you would pour the tea into the mug, the Teavana PerfecTea Maker requires you to place the device directly on top of the mug.

Pick up the Teavana PerfecTea Maker by its handle off its coaster and place it on top of your mug. Once the button at the bottom of the device touches the rim of your mug, it will release the tea directly into it automatically. Lift up the device when your mug is full to stop the flow of tea, similar to how you would push on a water lever to get water from a gallon jug.

Cleaning the Teavana PerfecTea Maker

If you want to keep your Teavana tea maker in good condition, you'll have to clean it well. When you're done serving your tea, dump out the remaining loose-leaf tea from the device and wash the device thoroughly after use with soap and water. For a full clean, remove the filter and wash it separately. You can wash this device by hand or in the dishwasher. Keep in mind that the tea leaves can also be composted.

About the Author

Hana LaRock

Hana LaRock is a freelance content writer from New York, currently living in Mexico. When she's not writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and cooking new recipes as well as recipes from places that she has traveled. Visit her website at www.hanalarockwriting.com.