I am looking for a convenient office/portable tea making/drinking system. Ideally the device should be portable and very easy to clean in an office setting and still extract the same quality of flavor that a traditional teapot would, but also be sturdy. Hence the following requirements
- maximum of two pieces to clean, for all devices used during infusing and drinking
- is covered during steeping
- separates tea leaves from liquid after steeping
- will not burn your hands when drinking (either due to material or handle)
- Is sturdy (will not break from a 1 foot fall)
Preferably, no plastic or rubber touching the hot water. However, given the somewhat recent advances in plastic, this may be an irrational fear - in which case it would be nice to link to a relevant thread/article easing "plastic touching boiling water concerns" if recommending a style of product that is only available in plastic.
The only device I ever found that meets (1-4) is the quick gongfu style (a tea pot with holes in the spout area, where the drinking cup is the lid). But unfortunately it is fragile (not meeting requirement 5). Here are pictures of the device in various materials (from left to right clay, porcelain, ceramic, ceramic)
Now there are "all in one" devices that satisfy (1,3, 4, & 5) but not (2), for example, tipping cups,
and ones that satisfy (2-5) but not (1), for example the double wall glass/plastic travel brewers (note some glass products are quite strong)
But is there a device that satisfies all 5 desirable qualities in an office tea drinking/making system?
Note: This is not a product recommendation question. This question is about styles, types and materials, not specific products or brands.