A perfect cup of tea can transform your entire day. But, those stale old tea bags rotting away in your cabinet probably won’t do the trick. Luckily, brewing an excellent cup is simple if you’re willing to put in a little prep work. We have selected some excellent accessories, as well as some choice leaves that will have you eager to chuck your old bags in the trash. You don’t need to buy everything on the list, but each piece plays its own role in creating a brew that smells as good as it tastes.
An internal fine-mesh strainer lets you brew up to 17 ounces of your favorite blend from loose leaves or bags. The double walls will keep it hot for 12 hours or cold for 24. LeafLife
This precision kettle will quickly bring nearly 2 quarts of water to the ideal temperature—between 160 and 200 degrees for most leaves—and then maintain it for up to 30 minutes. Cuisinart
These ethically sourced leaves take more time to release their flavor than others. The lengthy steep period creates a beverage with gentle notes of toasted rice and butternut squash. Young Mountain
Store your supply carefully. Twisting the lid on this 0.75-quart vessel activates a pump that sucks out excess oxygen, thus preserving flavor. A button breaks the seal. Fellow
An internal heating coil in this battery-powered gadget keeps your favorite concoction at a pleasant level of warmth for up to 1.5 hours. An app stores your preset temps. Ember
These pyramid-shaped bags contain full flowers rather than the bits and pieces often found in other brands. That adds an apple-like hint to your relaxing liquid refreshment. Tealeaves
Carefully etched holes in this stainless steel chamber let water through while keeping debris out of your beverage. Remove the silicone-lined lid to use as a handy drip tray. Oxo
This 40-ounce glass container provides a perfect view of your brew as it seeps from the internal stainless steel strainer. Once it’s done, an included cozy keeps drinks warm. Willow and Eve
Every ingredient in this refreshing blend is listed in its name: peppermint leaves and lemon peel. Because of its bright flavor, it’s delicious consumed either iced or hot. Tea Forté
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