Tea-drinking accessories for a more perfect cup

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Tea party of one.Miti via Unsplash

Coffee drinkers rule this nation, and as such tea is often relegated to sad bags of Lipton with, perhaps, a slice of lemon. If you're somebody who appreciates richer, more flavorful leaves, there is a whole world of accessories to make your cup even more enjoyable. Here are some of our favorite tools and trimmings to improve your own unique tea ceremony.

Adagio Teas 16 oz. ingenuiTEA Bottom-Dispensing Teapot
The absolute best way to make single-serving, loose-leaf tea.Amazon

Put your leaves in this simple, BPA-free container, and then pour the hot water in. Let it steep. When your solution is the desired strength, place the device on top of your favorite mug and dispense the tea from below.

Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
Not all leaves should be steeped in boiling water.Amazon

This stainless-steel electric kettle is made with serious tea drinkers in mind. It boasts six heat settings for steeping tea at just the right temperature. It also keeps the water warm for half an hour and has a removable/washable scale filter. Of course, the plastic components are BPA-free.

BAMBOOWORX Japanese Tea Set
Whip up the perfect matcha.Amazon

Matcha powder delivers caffeine, antioxidants, and a rich earthy flavor. For a clump-free, frothy beverage, scoop out the powder and use this handcrafted whisk.

Hoobar Chinese Zisha Tea Pet
Slow and steady wins the tea pet race.Amazon

Tea pets are simply clay animals kept on the tea tray, a tradition that dates back to the Yuan dynasty in the 13th and 14th centuries. They’re said to bring good luck, and some tea drinkers will pour the first round of steeped water over the pet. This one is made from unglazed clay and thus is meant to absorb the smell of tea, gradually evolving its own aroma over time.