This high grade stainless steel mesh strainer 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 Stainless Steel Mesh 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, the strainer is deep enough to put directly in the pot to brew your tea or use the strainer when you pour your tea into the cups or serving pitcher. This is a MUST HAVE for any tea enthusiast!