A tool using mesh to strain or sift single servings of teas.
This tool serves two very different purposes in the world of tea.
Many traditional methods of tea preperation use the leaves directly in the water of the tea kettle, not separrated by a bag or infuser. In order to make a "clean" cup of tea using these methods requires a tea strainer to keep the used leaves and herbs from entering the tea cup.
The tea strainer is much like any type of strainer but is designed specifically for resting on top of a teacup. This means it is much smaller than other kitchen strainers.
The rim of the tea strainer is strong, the mesh is fine and a notch or extension is present which in combination with the handle allows the tool to stay ontop of a tea cup without being supported or held (hands free).
What to look for depends on what you will be using it for (straining or sifting).
If you are using this as a sifter for matcha powder then we suggest you look for a spring type handle like the one we show in the images on this page.
The spring is handy for when you have the tool on a matcha bowl with the powder in it. When the handle has a spring, you hold the tool on the cup and pick up one side just a little and then let it spring back down. This action will help the sifting process. Just do not pull too hard!