Time for restorative drink –– like tea

Miami Herald - January 15,2008

January is about half over and odds are resolutions are still weighing heavily on the brain. Junk food, alcohol, cigarettes –– time to clear out the vices and usher in restorative positive influences. Why not start with tea? Loose, packed, cold or hot, tea is said to offer a myriad of health benefits, including stress reduction, cancer protection and metabolic enhancement.

Billed as "the world's first automatic teapot," TeaSpot’s TeaMaestro, $69.96 at www.the–teaspot.com, is said to convert tea novices into connoisseurs. The ceramic dishwasher–safe pot brews up to 20 ounces at a time and features an integrated timer that automatically removes the tea infuser from water when steeping is complete. Extra perks –– it’s compatible with loose–leaf teas or bags and can be tailored for green, black or herbal varieties.

– Valerie Nahmad