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 strainer and set it aside. If you prefer to use a pot to brew your artisan loose-leaf tea, use the strainer when you pour your tea into the cups or serving pitcher. This is a MUST HAVE for any tea enthusiast!