Hands down one of the coolest tea infuser/plungers I have ever seen. That is why I bought when we were in South Korea as a matter of fact, not because I desperately needed one even though I am an avid tea drinker. I knew it would just add that fun factor to a mundane task without costing a bomb.
Just by looking at it you can tell that this rubbery plastic is made very well. It doesn’t feel flimsy at all and that applies for both the main divers body and the counter weight that hangs off it. That counter weight actually adds another meaning to me in that, it looks like a breathing tank – well almost.
Where things do get dicey is the point where the divers helmet and and the counter weight’s cable are connected. As they are two different types of materials being used to join each other, you can feel the cable tugging away at the helmet. If handled recklessly this is where it would break, if that leaves a hole in the helmet could mean extra tea particles floating your tea when used.
Even though the tea diver tea infuser is made well and the bottom legs where you insert your tea leaves from are attached well to the body, you still find some smaller tea particles escape the infuser and float in your tea. This is not too much to be a deal breaker if you are using a large leaf tea like the ones from T2. I would recommend against opening any tea bags that have finely diced leaves in them, like the Lipton’s, but you can get away with opening the bigger pyramid tea bags, like Madame Flavour.
“I would recommend against opening any tea bags that have finely diced leaves in them, like the Lipton’s, but you can get away with opening the bigger pyramid tea bags…”
This particles leakage problem was a bit surprising considering the bottom legs fasten quite tightly so I suspect they must escape through the holes that let water in and tea out all over the tea diver’s body. Also due to the odd shape of body, cleaning out tea bag that fall into the head of the tea diver can prove to be trick but not impossible.
Tea Diver tea infuser
If you buy this little tea accessory, there is little to be sorry about. In fact the cool factor was acknowledged by everyone I showed it to, both at the time of purchasing with my pears and in the office when I was making my nice cuppa tea. As long as you are careful with the one fragile connection point, Mr(s) Tea Diver should serve you well. I was a little disappointed that mine didn’t come with the green highlighting the bottom of the belly area as depicted on their Abel design website but that’s a minor issue. I would have loved see it made out of more sustainable materials, like glass, however that might present a new set of problems too. Nonetheless, this tea infuser is just made better.