Where to Buy: Squeezmo
Squeezmo™ is the modern solution to an old problem: soggy, drippy, unsightly tea bags.
Rather than allowing a mucky brown tea bag to spoil that nice saucer or throw it away after a single use, place a bag of your favorite variety in Squeezmo, press and pour the excess back into the cup.
There’s no waste and no mess. Now, one tea bag can brew multiple cups.
I was apprehensive about reviewing this product, mostly because I prefer to drink loose leaf tea as opposed to tea brewed from tea bags. In addition, the flexible Squeezmo looks and feels a lot like plastic and I don’t generally like to use plastic items when brewing tea. However, it isn’t plastic, it’s silicone. Although to be perfectly honest, I couldn’t really tell you what the difference between silicone and plastic is (or even if there IS a difference).
Additionally, I am not particularly fond of tea gadgets, I prefer to keep it as simple as possible. Generally, I don’t see the use of gadgetry to add to the simplicity of tea; rather, I see it as added complication.
BUT… this gadget is an exception! Yes, despite my original misgivings about this device and my reservations about gadgets, I am finding this particular gadget – the Squeezmo – to be quite useful, helpful and enhancing to the pleasure of a simple cup of tea! Who’dathunkit?
On the occasions when I brew tea from a teabag (I’d estimate that I brew 1 teabag every other day, with loose leaf tea filling in the rest of my daily tea consumption), I do not squeeze the teabag. I know that tea drinkers are somewhat divided on this issue: some choose to give their teabags a squeeze in an effort to extract all the liquid and additional flavor from the teabag, while others (and I) believe that in so doing, additional tannins are also extracted and bitterness can result.
So, even though I’ve now this nifty gadget that promotes the squeezing of the teabag, I don’t use it for that purpose. What I do use it for is placement of the teabag after I’ve finished steeping my tea. That’s always been a troublesome issue for me. I can’t toss it directly into the garbage because it’s hot and it is likely to melt the trash bag … and what a mess that would be. So, it ends up being placed on a saucer or in a bowl, making more mess in my kitchen (which really doesn’t NEED more mess). Not to mention the mess that is made from the trail of tea drips from cup to aforementioned saucer. Mess, mess, mess.
But this flexible, bright orange Squeezmo helps me with the mess! I can place my hot teabag into the Squeezmo without dripping tea all over my counter and without having an unsightly teabag on a saucer or bowl. After the teabag cools, I simply drop it into the trashcan and empty the additional tea that’s accumulated at the bottom of the Squeezmo into my teacup.
This is a no mess, no fuss kind of gadget that I don’t mind using!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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