February 10, 2019 3 min read

The Answer To The Riddle Is...They Are all FUN!

But seriously, if you, a friend or loved one are into tea like I am, our manatee tea infuser WILL add some fun and happiness to their lives.

As I mentioned in earlier blog posts, I am a tea lover and my love for tea grew during Rich and my many trips to Asia. You also know that I am a true believer in loose leaf tea.


So during my many trips to Asia, I’ve learned A LOT about tea. Tea originated in China almost 5,000 years ago. There’s actually a legend that Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea in 2732 BC when a wild tree blew into his pot of boiling water. There was a pleasant scent and also a pleasant feeling when he drank some. Is this legend true? Hard to say, but the popularity of tea in China grew rapidly after that!

Tea was only used for medicinal properties at first, but everyone was starting to consume tea every day for their own pleasure. There was even expensive tea being sold between the 4th and 8th centuries. In fact, having fancy tea sets were once thought to be just for the wealthy! 

China introduced tea to Tibet and Japan in the 9th century. Buddhist monk Dengyo Daishi is often credited with bringing Chinese tea seeds to Japan — and it quickly became part of Japanese monastery life. Tea soon became a very religious part of Japanese culture and the Japanese Tea Ceremony was created to pay respects to the making and drinking of tea. 

Tea is still popular in China now, of course. There’s even a Shanghai Tea Institute where students compete to attend! Students will perform a flawless tea-serving ceremony and know more than 1,000 different types of Chinese tea. It’s popular in Japan as well. It’s grown in the mountainsides and the country has the most technologically advanced tea industry in the world. Both countries have very different preferences in tea flavors.

Why Loose Leaf Vs. Tea Bags?

Unfortunately, traditional tea bags often contain bits and pieces of the tea leaves so this may not give you the freshest cup of tea. In China, there is a whole ceremony of washing loose tea leaves with the first pass of hot water and then allowing the tea leaves to bloom or expand. Once you taste fresh tea, you will fall in love with loose tea just as I have!

But let’s take a closer look at some of their key differences. 

Loose Leaf vs. Tea Bags: Quality

Okay, so the main point in favor of loose leaf is the higher quality. Teabags can sometimes be used to hide lower quality tea leaves — and who wants a lower quality cup of tea!. 

Loose Leaf vs. Tea Bags: Environmental Impact

Another reason I can’t get behind tea bags is that they have a small bit of plastic inside that we don’t only want in our cup of hot water, or going into a compost pile or trash can. Some companies boast biodegradable and recycled tea bags (love it!) but that’s not the norm. With loose leaf tea, you can be sure that you’re producing less trash.

There are many ways to brew loose leaf tea, but one way is with an infuser. That is why Rich and I went on a hunt to find a fun and effective one.

Let Me Introduce (or Re-introduce) Our...

ManaTee Loose-Leaf Tea Infuser

ManaTee Loose-Leaf Tea Infuser

Let our ManaTee Loose-Leaf Tea Infusercome to the rescue! Just fill ManaTee up with your favorite loose-leaf tea, attach it to the side of your cup, add hot water and ENJOY!  

ManaTee will keep the tea leaves in place as the proper temperature water steeps out all the flavor and goodness. Made of 100% food grade silicone, this fun infuser is a great gift for yourself or any tea lovers in your life.

We cannot say enough about how adorable and effective this manatee infuser is. Truly a high-quality, unique gift for yourself or that special someone who loves tea. 

ManaTee Loose-Leaf Tea Infuser

What is Your Favorite Type of Tea?

My favorite tea is Oolong Tea (otherwise known as wūlóng chá in Mandarin). I enjoy the smoothness of this tea as well as the caffeine level. I enjoy this both hot or cold!

I would love to hear about your favorite teas in the comments below and as always check out Defiance Tools for great gifts for those tea lovers in your life!

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Happy Tea Sipping!

Zoe’ Coulcher ~ Co-Founder Defiance Tools

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