I’m going to outright admit there are way too many pictures in this post, but I couldn’t help myself. I love drinking tea as much as I love a good cup of coffee in the morning, but the health benefits of tea are SOOOO much more rewarding (more on that topic in a near future post!).
Writing an honest review on something I love means I may have gotten carried away. But, that’s a perk for you because I had a couple curiosities that got answered, a minor problem due to my user error (which means you can smile at my expense and not make the same mistake), and an obnoxiously large batch of visuals to capture your attention. Here’s another perk for you, a 25% discount code for UBH readers! Plus, the good people at STEAP will mail a free STEAP mug to one reader chosen at random who enter my Rafflecopter at the end, so let’s get started and see who holds the lucky leaf. 😉
That sleek container you see is a newly marketed STEAP travel mug. Online, the company explains that “Tea is a lifestyle. Bring that lifestyle with you – everywhere you go.” Now before you get all antsy to tell me that you already have an insulated mug for your traveling tea needs, watch as I show you the significant difference that sets STEAP apart from all other travel mugs.
You can literally steep your tea on-the-go by choosing when, where, and what degree of steeping you desire while you’re busy go, go, going! I don’t know about you, but that caught my attention. I’ve been trying to incorporate more tea drinking into my schedule for a few months now, but I’m just as busy as you. Life doesn’t slow down to allot for a good habit to form. Habits of health must be formed especially during life’s busy seasons because that’s when our bodies need those stress-combating efforts the most! Tea consumption is a definite perk to your health and reduction to your cellular stress level (those details are all better left for another post). My point here being, convenience is necessary to develop and continue healthy changes. So, when I was told that I can steep my immune boosting drink while also keeping up with my fast-pace lifestyle, I was hooked.
So, watch how this works. The container comes apart to reveal a secret compartment (not so secret anymore) where you insert either a tea bag or loose-leaf tea. I’m not a purist by any means, but I do use both methods of brewing depending on my mood and my tea stash, so being able to use either/or was a perk. Secure tea by slipping the strainer back into it’s designed grooves (see below series of pics).
Boil your water. That’s right, I took a picture of water boiling just to keep you fascinated. 🙂
And now, my rookie mistake. I poured boiling water into my STEAP container and impatiently threaded on the lid. All you proper tea drinkers out there can drop your jaws. I know it’s poor form to add freshly boiled water directly to tea leaves. I know, I know, but I’m impatient and couldn’t wait to see the beauty of this product work.
Instead of working, it spit at me. It sputtered angrily when I tightened the lid and it leaked around the edges when I inverted the container to begin the steep. Duh. It’s simple physics, or logic, or some long-forgotten law about pressurized containers. You don’t have to wait for the water to cool, but you do have to give it a brief minute before tightening the lid on boiled water. I’m saving the company a legal disclaimer by letting you know what not to do. I try to lead by example, even if it is example of what not to do. 🙂
Once your boiled water is poured up to about the level of the “P” on the container and you’ve given it a brief moment to acclimate, screw on the secret compartment lid. That’s my term for it, there’s likely a better description but we can use “secret compartment” in our circle here. Now, don’t stop with that lid. Go ahead and screw on the top lid that is designed to create a leak-proof seal because we’re about to flip this container upside down. Needless to say, make sure both lids are seated securely.
Grab your mug and head out the door, or fetch a lost lovey for your youngest, or scoop out the cheerios that were thrown in the fish bowl. Whatever you do that keeps you busy, carry on. Whenever you’re ready to steep your
sanity tea, invert the container for however long you wish, 2 to 3 minutes worked for me. Obviously, the longer it’s inverted the stronger the tea.
When you’re done steeping, return to the upright position, remove the uppermost sealed lid (not the secret compartment) and drink straight from the container. Or, pour into cups at your daughter’s impromptu tea party. Whatever you choose, it’s ready for your enjoyment and will remain hot thanks to the cleverly insulated design.
I actually poured my tea into a few traditional tea cups to see how much it holds, which is about one and a half measuring cups worth. This amounted to a little over two of my dainty china cups.
It’s recommended to hand wash your STEAP brew system. Don’t forget to pull out that silicon disk located in the top cap to properly wash and dry before using again or storing.
Now, I’m not going to get all technical on you. I’ll leave those details for the more educated company employees to disclose HERE. However, I will say there are some specs on this product that make it’s design matchless. For example with STEAP you can;
- brew tea on-the-go and at home
- use either loose leaf or pre-packaged bags
- brew to your desired strength
- keep liquid hot with double walled stainless steel cup design
- flip your mug upside down without a single drop leaking out thanks to STEAP’s priority design
- drink pure tea, no loose leaves plugging the drink spout thanks again to those key design features
- drink worry-free knowing it’s food safe and BPA free
- know 3rd party lab testing to verify materials
- drink from 304 grade stainless
- utilize food safe silicon seals
May I suggest we use some common sense on a few important issues? Wait! You’re probably sleep deprived like me. Are you up every few hours in the night feeding a baby or answering cries about frightening dreams? Yes, I feel your pain. You’re not lacking common sense for no reason, you actually lost your sense somewhere around 3 am. I get it, so I’ll type out a few reminders;
- Boiling water burns, use extra caution
- DO NOT fill above the “P” on the container. It’s equivalent to the “max fill line” on my baby’s bottles 🙂
- STEAP is designed not to leak but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious when inverting to steep
- Twist both lids on carefully, making sure you’ve threaded them properly and they are seated securely
- Hand wash all parts and be sure to remove the silicon disk inside the top cap for proper care
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