Today is the last day of April, which means that my month long Oh Canada series has sadly come to an end, but not before we have a chance to talk about Libre Tea. Libre Tea is not only a Canadian company (based in British Columbia), but it is also owned by a female entrepreneur, better known as Wendy. It has been around a decade since she launched and designed the Libre Infuser, a product meant to bring as much convenience to your life as possible. Wendy was gracious enough to send me the two infusers pictured above for the purpose of review. I’ve spent the past couple weeks discovering all that this infuser has to offer, and I just have one word to sum it up: VERSATILITY.
The Classic Silver is the model that Libre Tea first launched with back in 2009, and I can already see why it’s such a fan favourite! It is small but mighty at 9 ounces, and it has a very clean, simplistic style overall. It even features a gorgeous, gold tone floral holographic on the top of the lid! While the Garden Dance infuser is slightly larger at 14 ounces, with more of a whimsical appearance, that is very pink forward. The boxes that these infusers came packaged in were designed perfectly to co-ordinate with each Libre. Apart from the visual design aspects aforementioned, these two infusers are built to be leak resistant, easy to hold, thermal (meaning they keep your drinks hot or cold, for hours at a time!), and probably most important, durable. With a high-temperature glass interior and a strong BPA-free poly exterior, I can be quite confident in the fact that even though I’m incredibly accident prone/clumsy, this product will be able to withstand the impact.
***There’s a very important steam warning to be advised of. When using boiling water, allow time for the steam to dissipate prior to twisting on the lid. Pressure from the steam may cause leaks, so please use with the utmost caution.***
Libre Tea is super helpful in that they have provided multiple suggestions on ways to use their infusers online, in terms of tea preparation. In the larger, pink infuser, I tested the “herbal” method. Using Tealish’s Toasty Almond, I added my tea directly inside, then the hot water, and just let it steep freely. Because it is not a time sensitive tea (like a white or green tea), I can just sip through the filter at my leisure, and dispose of the tea at the bottom when I’m finished. In the smaller, silver model, I tested the “black tea” method with Tao Tea Leaf’s Lychee Congou. This time around, I added my hot water into the infuser, put the tea on top of the filter, twisted on both the filter and lid, flipping the infuser upside down to steep for about three minutes. This way, once the tea has brewed fully, I can simply remove the lid, empty the filter of the tea leaves, and voilà!
Despite using hot water (heated to 200°F), the temperature of the water did not translate to the outside of the mugs. They’re both warm to the touch, but still comfortable to grasp onto. I’d also like to note that the filter is completely removable, and that the lid can be screwed on just fine without it.
Libre Tea has put forth an amazing product that truly gives my other travel mugs/tumblers/bottles a run for their money! As I mentioned at the beginning, I love the versatility! The possibilities are endless with these infusers, you are in no way limited to making tea, you can make a protein shake, matcha, or even just water with some fruit tossed in. And with that, you don’t even have to worry about any flavour transfer, because of that glass interior, which is just another bonus, if you ask me. All in all, the Libre infuser gets a definite stamp of approval from yours truly, and I would certainly recommend you to look into possibly adding one to your teaware collection ;)
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Stay tuned for a full recap of my first afternoon tea visit this year!
Until we steep again…