One of my favorite products of all time is the Takeya Flash Iced Tea Maker. I picked up one of these over a year ago and since then I’ve wondered how I ever lived without it. Today I own three and I’ve used them to make herbal iced tea, iced chai, jasmine milk boba tea and even water kefir. In this short article I’m going to run through six reasons to buy a modern iced-tea maker like the Flash.
1. Save money
If you regularly buy prepared iced tea, cold brew or flavored water, you are burning money. A daily bottled iced tea or “flavored water” will cost you about $365 a year. A daily Starbucks iced tea or cold brew will get you closer to $700 a year. A high-quality iced tea maker that can do it all will cost you about $30… Once. Conservatively speaking, a 2-quart iced tea maker pays for itself in about eight batches (2 quarts of iced tea will cost you at least $4 at the store). After your eighth batch, your marginal cost goes down to pennies for loose leaf tea, coffee beans, or a few slices of cucumber.
2. Own fewer things
A well-designed iced tea maker like the Takeya Flash can replace your tea pot (or cold brewer), your pitcher, and your fresh press. Just like a teapot, the Flash handles boiling water. You can serve hot tea at the breakfast table, and you can even get a custom tea cozy to go with it. The Flash also replaces your pitchers for cold drinks. It fits right in at the dinner table with cucumber spa water, iced earl gray, or even homemade sangria. When it’s time to chill a beverage, the Flash seals tightly so you can lay it on its side on the bottom shelf of your fridge.
3. Drink unique, personal tea
With an iced tea maker, you can make any tea or infusion you like. While major drink brands offer staples like black, green, earl grey, etc… With your own tea maker you get to explore a greater variety of tea. For example, one of my favorite loose leaf teas is called “Angelwater” by Silk Road, and it features spearmint, lavender, rose petals, elder flowers and red clover. It is incredibly soothing and refreshing, and always amazes my guests. I also love making iced chai from a blend I bring back from India. It’s a lovely way to remember my trip and share the experience with friends and loved ones.
When you start making your own iced tea, you can really refine your daily brew. Many people get a lot of pleasure out of honing their temperatures, steep times, tea selections, etc. You won’t just be drinking “iced green tea” — you’ll be drinking your favorite green tea steeped for 4 minutes at 170F. Or, if you’re like me, you can just drop in some cheap peppermint teabags and call it a day.
4. Be a more responsible consumer
Humans purchase one million plastic bottles every minute and a good portion of those bottles end up in the ocean. Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling, and only 7% of those were actually turned into new bottles. By the year 2050, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates the ocean will contain more plastic than fish (by weight).
As China, India and other countries are increasing their bottled water consumption at a staggering rate, we need to do our part. Brewing your own iced tea, coffee or infused water can spare the ocean hundreds or even thousands of plastic bottles.
5. Be Healthier
In other parts of the world, people have looked to herbal and caffinated teas for their health benefits. More recently, scientific studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Others may encourage weight loss and lower cholesterol. Check out this primer from WebMD about the many potential benefits of different teas.
Setting aside the potential healing effects from tea, there’s no question it’s a great alternative to soda and other sugary drinks. There are lots of reasons to avoid soda, and some sweetend storebought teas can be just as bad. A 12oz can of Lipton Iced Tea has 32grams of sugar, which is just about the same as a can of Sprite. When you brew your own iced tea, you control the sweetness. Without much effort, you’ll find you can make delicious, refreshing drinks without adding sugar.
6. It’s Super Easy
Iced tea, cold brew, and infused water are among the easiest drinks to prepare. The actual active prep time is typically under five minutes, right up there with making yourself a slice of plain toast. You put the leaves in the infuser, pour in some boiling water, let it steep a few minutes and then let it cool. It’s much faster to make your own than to order it at Starbucks. It’s much more relaxed than lugging a case of beverages to your car at Costco. Even the most busy folks among us can fit this in. No excuses.
I can’t believe I spent so long without making my own iced tea. I’m embarrassed when I think about the dozens of cases of bottles I lugged home from Costco. I’ve spent hundreds (probably thousands) of dollars on bottled tea, flavored water, and iced coffee. Today, many of those bottles are floating around in the ocean.
But, it’s never too late to make a change. If you found this article helpful, follow my link over to Amazon and pick up your Takeya Flash. I get a tiny commission on sales through the Amazon Affiliate program, so any purchase you make will encourage me to keep blogging. I still don’t think I’ve gotten one, maybe you’ll be the first 😉