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Box said made in China. It is made with 18/18 stainless steel, 18/8 and 18/10 are the two most common grades of stainless steel used for food preparation and dining, also known as Type 304 (304 Grade)the first number,18, refers to the amount of chromium present and the second represents the amount of nickel. For example, 18/8 stainless steel is comprised of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. So it should be rust resistant and durable. I had as expected, no metallic taste.
Will it fit your cup/pot well? The ad gives measurements but just to validate. The circular part of the lid is 3" and the inside diameter is 2-1/2". Top diameter is 2-1/2" (the bucket) and the bottom diameter is 1-3/4". Height is 3". The wings are 1-1/2" long and do not get hot, so easy to grab, but also dependent on the diameter of your cup. Total wing span 5", so again look at your cup/pot diameter.
The lid serves as a lid to keep warm, or when done steeping, as a coaster. The depth of the coaster is about 5/16" and adequately hold the drip from the tea leaves (one cup tea leaf brew), for a tea pot and filled up, not sure it would accommodate. A won of caution is that if you use the lid as a lid, hot water condensation gets on the bottom of the lid, so if you are using as a coaster, be sure to dry off the bottom before putting it on the table.
The basket is a fine mesh, the ad says <0.01". About the same as a Keurig refillable that I had. I do loose tea, but it looks like it will do coffee, like a medium grind / french press grind, but I haven't tried that, but the Q&A and other reviews suggest you can make coffee.. The inside has a seam and you have to be careful if drying with a towel, have to wipe counter-clockwise or the seam may spread and leaves get in (see pic). The basket works very well- no loose leases floating around in the tea at the bottom of the cup :-)
Cleaning is pretty easy, I spray water from the outside first, them spray water on the inside after tapping a wing in the sink drain to get the majority of the leaves out. Works well. It is dishwasher safe.
Overall very pleased, 4-star because of the seam and unknown long-term impact of this.
[edit /update] After using for 2-3 moths now the seam has held up. It goes through the dish washer well and comes out sparkling and unscathed.
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Fulfills its purpose. It is reasonably sturdy as long as you are respectful of it. The people that complain about its design are either fake reviews or abused it in some fashion and are just bitter. Make sure to sink it carefully or it can displace water out of your mug. The indentation of the lid helps push the tea leaf into the water instead of allowing it to float above the water. Plus it gives a nice area to stably rest my spoon on the mug. It rinses out easily. I've had if for about three days and am using it constantly with this wonderful package of Numi Organic Tea Breakfast Blend, Loose Leaf Black Tea, 16 Ounce Bulk Pouch. Better than weak Twinnings tea bags!
Only used it once so far but I really like the design. I make my tea in a pot but it has no problem standing upright in the small amount of water I brew with. The inner mesh is awesome for keeping in small bits of tea.
Update: Used it a few more times now and I love it. Just make sure to put it on something to catch the drips afterward because it holds in a bit more liquid than most tea strainers.
Update 2: It’s been many months since I started using this. I’m not sure if it’s my hard water or the type of tea I make but this filter no longer works. I soaked it in hot water with some citric acid to try and clear out the filter, but it only helped for a few days. I still feel like this is a great filter for most types of teas but some clog up the holes so bad that the tea will brew extremely light and tasteless. Having to change my review due to that.
I use this for making coffee. It can be used as a pour over method or infused like French press in the mug you drink out of. Easy to clean and super light. So light that it could dent easily. Great for travel.
This thing works like a charm! Love it! The double layers keep all the tea bits from floating in my cup and since the inside mesh layer is so fine it doesn't trap any tea particles in the mesh, so its super easy to clean up as well! I also love that the lid doubles as a little tray to set the wet tea leaves in the filter on so it doesn't need to be rinsed off right away!
For those making Thai iced tea, make sure to put the aromatics in first (at the bottom) and then the tea. Carefully pour water over tea until it reaches the top of the infuser then place lid on it. This makes sure that all of the flavor gets steeped. I had never made Thai iced tea at home prior to purchasing this. What a nice treat.
I really like this tea strainer a lot and I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the poor seam of the inner mesh. I didn't notice how bad the seam was until I washed the inside if the strainer with a sponge. This lifted the poorly formed edges of the seam which hasn't compromised how the strainer works so far, but I would image this will only worsen over time. I can only assume that I just happened to get a bad one.
On the positive side, the holes of the outer sheet metal are so small that most loose leaf tea would be well stained by just this one layer alone. However, there is an inner, very fine, mesh that stops even the finest tea particles from getting through. I've used quite a few different tea strainers over the years and, so far, this one has been the most effective.
If it wasn't for the poor seam on the one I got I would easily give this product 5 stars.