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How to make perfect green tea in a Bodum

Scandinavian design meets the Asian tea ceremony. At the Ambiente trade show Bodum, a Danish family-run company, will be showing several new products especially good for preparing green tea. Japan is this year’s partner country for the Ambiente and it’s from Japan that some of the finest green teas come. The other major supplier of green tea is China. Both countries have elaborate tea ceremonies for preparing green tea. The basic difference between green tea and black tea is that for black tea the leaves are fermented, whereas for green tea they aren’t. High quality green tea leaves can be used and reused.

The tea makers from Bodum are ideal for this approach to tea-making, because the loose leaves remain in the filter after the first brew ready to be used again. Nowadays, says the German Tea Association, 60% of tea consumed in Germany is sold as loose leaf tea. This is in stark contrast to the UK where most people choose tea bags. Germans got through 18,960 tonnes of tea in 2012 and of that 23.5% was green tea (source: German Tea Association).

Bodum’s showcase products at the Ambiente

In 1991, Bodum developed the Assam tea press for the British Tea Council. Bodum designers were inspired by the French press method of coffee making and they transferred this to tea preparation. The loose tea is brewed in a large filter, once it is ready, a plunger is pressed down to end the brewing process. The Assam teapot has become a classic and it’s available in three sizes – 0.5, 1 and 1.5 litres.

Eileen – another classic design, this time
in colours

The new Tea for One set from Bodum was specially developed to make a fresh cup of tea using loose leaves rather than a teabag. The set consists of a double-walled Pavina glass combined with a plastic filter with a lid. The filter and lid fit exactly into the glass so that no heat can escape. Thanks to this double-walled design, this tea glass scores higher on insulation and the tea stays hot for longer. Once the tea has been brewed, the lid can be used as a saucer for the filter. Tea for One is dish-washer and microwave safe. It holds 0.35 litres and is available in black, red, lime green and cream.

Chambord – the charm of circulating water
for making tea

The extra-large plastic filter in Bodum’s Chambord teapot allows the loose tealeaves to float and move around in the hot water. In this way, the aroma of the tea has every chance to develop. A solid, chrome-plated steel frame protects the heat-resistant borosilicate glass of the teapot, which is shaped so that the water can circulate freely. Bodum has added colour to this design to create a lively contemporary product with the lid and handle in a choice of black, red, lime green and cream. The filter can be either transparent or coloured to match. Bodum’s Chambord teapot is made in Europe and available in two sizes (1 and 1.5 litres).

Skål – double-walled glass keeps tea
hot for longer

New in the Bodum range are the double-walled, mouthblown Skål glasses. Beneath the glass bottom is a hydrophobic silicone membrane which is responsible for equalising pressure between the two glass walls. A Skäl glass keeps hot liquids (like tea and coffee) hot and cold liquids cold. It goes happily in microwaves, ovens and freezers, so use it, for example, to prepare and serve individual desserts. Skål is available in two sizes, 0.2 and 0.3 litres.

More information at www.bodum.com.