There are few places in the world in which tea is taken as seriously as in the Britain. Granted that it is an imported beverage, and the country is certainly not known as a tea producer, however the status accorded to this hot brown beverage almost teeters on the edge of obsession.
Not to be delicately consumed in the Chinese- or Japanese- style with miniature ceramic teapots cups and a whole performance of tradition; nor is it usually sipped for it’s delicate taste and aroma as in the case of the imperial traditional pu-erh.
No, the culture of tea in Britain is one that brings comfort, familiarity and solidarity. It signifies a break in the work day, the dunking of biscuits and a chance to chat over that familiar cup o’ tea. Tea in Britain is often taken strong, with milk no sugar.
Traditionally of course, the beverage was associated only with the upper echelons of society who could afford it, and did drink it with their mid-afternoon high teas, complete with cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes and hot scones. These days of course, tea is ubiquitous in every household and in every work place – from the citrusy notes of Lady Grey to the bergamot-strengthened Earl Grey to the simple dark strong cuppa of builders’ tea.
For tea lovers in the UK, particularly those who have relied on loose-leaf teas (whether in the form of tea leaves or fruit teas) in their teapot, the arrival of large ceramic mugs complete with strainers provide a welcome change allowing tea fans to truly enjoy their drink, while keeping it warm.
Here in this post, we look at some of the options for tea mugs with infusers in the UK.
Tea Mugs / Tea Cups with infuser UK
- Tea Forte KATI Single Cup Loose Leaf Tea Brewing System Insulated 12oz 47113 – PORCELAIN
- Tealyra Peak Ceramic Tea Cup Infuser 480ml 16oz 4781 – PORCELAIN
- Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid 400ml 4825 – PORCELAIN
- Tealyra Venus Double Wall Glass Tea Cup with Lid and Stainless Steel Infuser 400ml 4547 – GLASS
- Wimports Glass Tea Mug With Infuser 4537 – GLASS
- Bodum YO-YO Glass Mug with Tea Strainer 350ml 12oz 4388 – GLASS
- UNIHOM Tea Infuser Mug Tea Cup with Strainer 300ml 15oz 4240 – GLASS
- Bodum Tea for One Glass with Tea Infuser 350ml 4224 – GLASS
- Tea Branch Spring Ceramic Tea Infuser Mug With Filter and Lid 360ml 12.8oz 505
- Ecooe Glass Tea Cup with Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid 450ml 473
- Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Lavender Gardener’s Mug with Infuser 447
1. Tea Forte KATI Single Cup Loose Leaf Tea Brewing System Insulated 12oz – PORCELAIN
If you are looking to add some colours to your tea break, you can’t go wrong with Tea Forte’s range of tea cups with infuser, there are just so many designs and colours to choose from. The all metal infuser and strainer has a rounded handle that allows it to sit on the rim of the mug and to be picked up easily. The mug is tall, has a big 12 ounce capacity and is made from porcelain with a double-walled design for heat insulation and to keep your tea warm for longer. Since the outer wall is kept cool to touch, it does not come with a handle. A matching lid completes the mug. While we like the design, we think the infuser basket isn’t isn’t hanging low enough. You will need to make a full mug to make sure your leaves are in the water. Also, instead of mesh for the basket, it uses a rolled sheet of stainless steel with holes for a more rigid design.
2. Tealyra Peak Ceramic Tea Cup Infuser – 480ml 16oz – PORCELAIN
A distinct design, Tealyra Peak Tea Cups come in a range of colours including gray, blue, deep red and bright orange, reminding us of the casseroles and cookware from Le Creuset. Made with thick and strong porcelain with a hefty cover that doubles as a dish for the stainless steel infuser basket it will keep the heat in for longer. Being big also means it is easy to clean and is both dishwasher and microwave safe. Just remember to remove the metal infuser being putting it in the microwave oven.
3. Sweese Porcelain Tea Mug Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid – 400ml 15oz – PORCELAIN
Also available in a range of attractive colours, the Sweese porcelain tea mug with stainless steel infuser is your standard single walled mug with handle, cover and an all metal infuser. The lid can double as a coaster on which to seat your infuser when it is out of the mug to avoid drips and leaks. The 3-inch tall sits deep in the 5.2-inch tall mug giving you the best brewing position for your leaves and a big capacity mug holding up to 400ml of hot water.
4. Tealyra Venus Double Wall Glass Tea Cup with Lid and Stainless Steel Infuser – 400ml – GLASS
Another entry from Tealyra, for those who like to see what goes on in their tea mug during the brewing process, the Tealyra Venus Double Wall Tea Cup is our go to tea cup. It lets you learn about the ‘science’ of brewing tea and to decide the exact moment to remove the leaves when it reaches your preferred strength. A double walled glass tea cup with round profile complete with cover and deep set stainless steel infuser. Being double walled lets it keep your tea warm for a little longer. The stainless steel infuser has a silicone band on the top that sits nicely on the rim of the glass, avoid breaking the glass and to let you remove the infuser without burning your fingers. Finally, the glass mug comes with slender handle.
5. Wimports Glass Tea Mug With Infuser – 450ml 4537 – GLASS
If you do not trust yourself with double walled glass, it always look and feels so fragile and breakable, we don’t blame you. Wimports has a no-nonsense single walled glass tea mug made from heat resistant borosilicate glass with a straight profile complete with cover and deep seated stainless steel infuser. Like Tealyra Venus, the infuser basket has a silicone holder that doubles as a seal and rim on which to hold and remove the infuser without burning your fingers. As with all tea mugs featured here, the lid works as a coaster when removed from the cup, turned over and placed on the table.
6. Bodum YO-YO Glass Mug with Tea Strainer 350ml 12oz – GLASS
No stranger to tea and coffee wars, the Bodum Yo-Yo Glass mug is designed with heavyweight borosilicate glass making it very durable, dishwasher and oven proof. It has everything you want from a mug with built-in infuser, a glass tea mug and plastic infuser with cover and handle. The heat resistant handle is thick and lets you pick up the mug easily. The plastic infuser cover and basket combo is available in different colours. The infuser comes with a handle allowing you to remove it from the mug easily while the lid on the infuser works as a trivet to prevent dripping. If you prefer something more lasting, a stainless steel version is also available but will cost you.
7. UNIHOM Tea Infuser Mug Tea Cup with Strainer 300ml 15oz – GLASS
All glass mug with removable glass infuser and glass cover means no metal parts come near your beverage. The glass mug comes with a handle and while the tea cup is smaller compared to others on the list with a 300ml capacity, you can find other all glass infuser mugs from UNIHOM with 385ml, 400ml and 500ml capacity in different designs. The glass is designed to withstand temperature shock and works within the range of -20 to 150 degrees centigrade.
8. Bodum Tea for One Glass with Tea Infuser – 350ml – GLASS
Double walled tea glass without handle. The plastic infuser has a cover and basket that is deeply seated in the glass. The cover doubles as a dish for the basket, simply remove it from the glass, turn it over and put it on the table. The surrounds on the bottom side of the cover keeps any tea from marking your table. The one glass design with double wall still offers a big 350 ml capacity and the plastic infuser unit is available in different colours.
Tea Branch Spring Ceramic Tea Infuser Mug With Filter and Lid 12.8 oz – PORCELAIN
Ecooe Glass Tea Cup with Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid 450ml – GLASS