kicked the iced coffee addiction
into high gear this summer, I’m
actively trying to find alternative options that involve less caffeine,
sugar and whatever else they put in those drinks. It’s working, to a
of my biggest allies in the fight has been my Takeya Flash Chiller
which I use to make brewed iced tea. I freely admit that it was an
impulse purchase. Shawn was getting his hair cut and I wandered down the
hall to the David’s Tea
to get an iced tea. I chatted with the girl who
waited on me and was fascinated by the iced tea brewing process they
used. She said I could purchase one of my own – I nodded appreciatively
and paid for my drink.
the thought stuck with me. I like cold drinks and I tend to go a bit
off the rails with my calories and chemicals when I vow to stick just to
water. I get bored with that and end up having a diet soda or juice –
not great health options. I’ve tried cutting my juice with sparkling
water and just drinking sparkling water, but neither option really
when Shawn finished his haircut, I asked him to come with me to check
out the Flash Chiller and see what he thought. Surprisingly, he was on
board. It was $50, though, so he made me promise that I would actually
use it. And I have – a lot.
days, I brew a pitcher on the weekend to use throughout the week. I
take a glass with me in the morning and then often have one in the
evening. Sometimes I go through two pitchers in a week and that’s just
fine too. David’s offers a range of fantastic flavours and I like the
process of making tea in my chiller. We have an IKEA brew pot too, which
I use for hot tea or making iced chai tea a la Oh She Glows,
but I like
the Takeya one best. It’s also BPA-free, which is a big bonus for me.
even lugged it with me to the cottage this summer – and wished I had
brought more tea because I ran out after just two days. Sadly, there
isn’t a David’s in cottage country.
was it worth the cost? I think so. It’s easy-to-use and easy to clean. I
also like how it’s tall and thin so it doesn’t take up a lot of space
in the fridge. I am willing to pay a little more for an item if it’s
something that I will get value out of (and actually use). In this case
my Takeya Flash Chiller fits the bill. Using David’s Tea, however, does
make this a decadent purchase. I have spent more on tea in the last few
months than ever before and because it takes about 20g to brew a pitcher
it is a significant investment.
I've decided that if paying extra for fancy tea means that I’m not
putting diet soda or sugar-laden juice in my body then I’m OK with that.
And I am hopeful that over time I’ll figure out what varieties I like
the best and which ones are the most cost-effective, so I’ll make better
Do you brew your own iced tea? What are some of your favourites? Do you use a home brew system or just a regular tea pot?