This high grade stainless steel laser mesh strainer is the Cadillac of tea cup strainers! It can be used in numerous ways. Put it right in your mug, add a spoonful of artisan loose-leaf tea, pour the water, cover the mug with whatever you have at hand (perhaps a saucer?) Wait a few minutes until your tea is just right, then remove your Herbaltec strainer and set it aside. If you drink green, white or oolong tea, just leave the leaves in the strainer. for the next infusion. After all, you can infuse green, white and oolong teas at least three times. If you prefer to use a pot to brew your artisan loose-leaf tea, use the Herbaltec strainer when you pour your tea into the cups or serving pitcher. This is a MUST HAVE for any tea enthusiast! What's even better is that it will last a life-time without squishing or losing its shape.