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Saturday, February 19, 2011

ingenuiTEA teapot | Yu-Mei Tien Lin | adagio teas, United States of America | 1997

ingenuiTEA teapotImage source:  adagio teas.

Adagio teas bills it as the most convenient teapot you will find anywhere, and they guarantee it. When the tea is brewed, simply place it atop your cup. This will cause a valve at the bottom to release: tea flows down, while the mesh filter retains all the leaves with one of the best infusers on the market. Super easy to clean and dishwasher safe. And it's microwaveable - perfect for the office or the road. You will wonder how you got along without one. Made in Taiwan with food-grade polycarbonate that is certified by SGS to be BPA-free.

adagio teas logo

The ingenuiTEA teapot comes in a 16 oz (retail $19) and 32 oz (retail $24) designs.  It features replaceable infusers in case the filter tears or is otherwise broken.  The 16 oz replacement retails for $3 and the 32 oz replacement retails for $4.  Reports are that the filter holds up for a long time.  There are also glass mugs that are made to fit the pot.  Any mug or cup can be made to work and most fit well.  While microwave safe, I’ve found it easier to heat the water separately and pour it over the tea.  It also has a small tray the teapot sits on.

The bottom of the teapot indicates that it is covered by US Patents 5,826,493 and 6,058,827.  The evolution of the design between the two patents is apparent.

ingenuiTEA US patent

The first page of the United States “Infusion Coffee Maker” patent, number 5,826,493. The rest of the patent can be found here.

ingenuiTEA US patent

The first page of the United States “Structure of a Tea Flushing Device” patent, number 6,058,827. The rest of the patent can be found here.

The video above was posted by prteaco and is also on the Adagio website as a demonstration of how to use the ingenuiTEA pot.

The ingenuiTEA is easy to clean, easy to brew, and makes it easy to drink...hot tea.

Glass mug box and mug

ingenuiTEA teapot box Above, the glass mug made to fit the ingenuiTEA teapot and its box.  Below, the ingenuiTEA teapot box.

ingenuiTEA teapot box bottom

ingenuiTEA teapot ingenuiTEA filter and mechanism (picture is of inside of teapot).

ingenuiTEA teapot Bottom of ingenuiTEA teapot.

Reference

Retrieved February 10, 2011 from Adagio: http://www.adagio.com/teaware/ingenuiTEA_teapot.html?sid=8c5f9be55435eec6c1919a517b4cda9b


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