2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Tea Lovers

When the stress of the holidays gets to be a little much, why not sit back and have a nice cup of tea? Here are our top picks to make your favorite cup a little more enjoyable.

2015 Tea Lovers Gift Guide | Not Starving Yet
  • 16 ounce ingenuiTEA Steeper from Adagio from Amazon: This steeper makes both steeping and cleanup a breeze, which is why it's been my go-to steeper for the past few years.

  • DoMatcha - Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea from Amazon: This matcha is an absolute joy to drink. The flavor is mild, with slightly toasted notes and a hint of spice. It was no surprise when it won 1st place in our Ceremonial Grade Matcha Blind Taste Test earlier this year.

  • Flavored Sugar Sticks from Red Leaf Tea: These sticks are a great way to add a hint of sugar to your tea. They're available in Caramel, Hazelnut, Honey, Lavender, Orange, and Pomegranate.

  • Takeya Iced Tea Maker Set from Amazon: This pitcher set gets a lot of use in our house year around. Just fill it with tea and cold water, let it sit overnight, and you'll have enough iced tea to last you all day long.

  • Steep and Go Water Bottler Tea Infuser from The TeaSpot from Amazon: This nifty tea infuser attaches to most popular water bottles allowing you to cold steep your tea on-the-go. It's the perfect sized stocking stuffer for the tea lover in your life.

  • KATI Tea Brewing System, Snowflake from Tea Forte from Amazon: Pair this festive looking cup and steeping basket with some quality loose leaf tea and you have a gift any tea lover will appreciate.

  • Zojirushi Hot Water Pot from Amazon: Always have your water ready for brewing when you need it with this adjustable temperature hot water pot. It's a tea lover's best friend!

  • Terra Verve - Culinary Grade Matcha Green Tea from Amazon: This culinary grade matcha has a mild grassy flavor and a hint of sweetness, it's one of my top picks for cooking or making smoothies.

  • Smart Soak Tea Stain Dissolver from Mandala Tea: If you've been wasting time scrubbing tea stains from your favorite cup, this is the product for you! It will take the stains out of many types of materials in under 20 minutes. Want to know more? You can check out our Full Review of this product.

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Tuesday Tea - Handcrafted Matcha Bowl - MatchaDNA

Earlier this year I took part in a huge Matcha Blind Taste Test, along with Char from Oolong Owl, Amanda from My Thoughts are like Butterflies and a small handful of other bloggers. It wasn't the first time I had tried matcha, but at the time I hadn't quite developed a taste for it. Sampling over 40 different brands of culinary and ceremonial grade matcha side-by-side was an eye-opening experience. The most important lesson I learned is that spending more doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up with better quality matcha. If you're considering trying matcha for the first time or are looking to switch brands you may want to check out our results from the Matcha Blind Taste Test to help point you in the right direction. 

Since the conclusion of the taste test I've continued to drink matcha every morning to help wipe the cobwebs from my eyes. The jolt of caffeine helps get me going, without the jittery side-effects I have from coffee and I've come to enjoy the sweet, grassy flavor of my favorite matcha. During the taste test I used a mini kitchen whisk and small bowl for preparation, items that almost everyone can find in their homes, but there are traditional tools used both for the ceremonial presentation of matcha as well as for home preparation.

As the months have gone on I decided it was time to finally secure the proper matcha accouterments—a bowl (chawan), a bamboo whisk (chasen), and a scoop (chashaku). MatchaDNA was kind enough to send me one of their large handcrafted bowls to get me started. They come in two sizes—small and large—are available in black or white, and are made with lead-free food safe glaze. The measurements of the large bowl are fairly standard: 4.5″ across the top and is 3.25″ tall, which gives you plenty of room to use a traditional bamboo whisk, or even a milk frother to prepare your matcha.

Because it is lightweight and has gently sloping sides, the bowl is very comfortable to hold, even if you have small hands. I find that I prefer this style over the much heavier, straight-sided bowls that are traditionally used during the colder months. If you're looking for a bowl to use year-around, this open style is perfect for everyday use—it's even large enough to double as a rice or soup bowl, something that anyone with a small living space will appreciate. 

Would I order this again? Absolutely. This Matcha Bowl is easy to hold and drink from and the curved sides help make short work of whisking.

Where to Purchase

MatchaDNA Handcrafted Bowl (Chawan)

Additional Information

Description

Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl has a more open shape. This type of open shaped Matcha tea bowl is traditionally used in the summer.

  • Handcrafted Matcha Tea Bowl

  • Open Shape allows for easy whisking

  • Use for Matcha Tea preparation and as a drinking bowl

  • High quality materials and workmanship

  • Perfect for your Matcha Tea Ceremonial set

This Matcha bowl is perfect for both Matcha tea preparation and as drinking bowl.
 

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In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Accelerated Intelligence Inc. As always, all opinions are my own.

This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.