I have a lot of infuser bottles that I quickly disappoint me. The mesh infuser allows loose leaf tea into the water, the bottle leaks, or it is awkward to drink from. But my Infuser Bottle Prince has come with the VidaKai Loose Tea and Fruit Infuser Bottle.
First off: I haven’t tried it with fruit, but the infuser size is much better suited for tea, I think. It is a generously sized infuser, but I don’t think one could get too much fruit in there, and there are better bottles out there for infusing fruit waters. But it is absolutely perfect for allowing full leaf teas to unfurl and brew.
The infuser doesn’t let a single speck of tea into the brew. I tried it with a green chai tea. Chai teas typically have ingredients in the spices that are prone for getting loose, but the mesh keeps them all in without compromising the taste. It quickly brewed a wonderfully full and robust tea without any metallic taste, as happens with some infusers.
The bottle itself is made of BPA-free Tritan Plastic. It really feels and looks like glass. It is certified to withstand 225 degree heat and it comes with a nice looking sleeve so carrying it is no problem. It also retains heat beautifully: it stays hot through my morning commute.
I really enjoy being able to brew tea in the morning and bring it with me. To make the morning easier, I fill the infuser the night before with tea and then just add water in the morning. Since the cap locks air-tight, the tea doesn’t oxidize at all. Then in the morning I just add hot water and let in brew as I head out the door. Since it has a reasonably large sized infuser, I can re-brew the same leaves a few times before having to change them out. Cleaning it is no problem: both the bottle and the infuser clean quickly and don’t leave a lingering taste of the last brew of tea, so I can go from a rich black tea to a subtle white tea with ease. I have been hand-washing it, but it is indeed dishwasher safe.
The aesthetics of this bottle are really impressive. I said to my sister that it is kind of like if Ralph Lauren make a tea infuser. In addition to the Tritan plastic looking like glass, it has a brown loop strap that really looks like leather, and it makes carrying the bottle incredibly easy.
I really am thrilled with this infuser bottle. It is durable, brews well, and is gorgeous.