Tea infusers are handy when you want to prepare just a cup rather than a full pot. Barista & Co. from England produces a tool that does the same for coffee, and recently it has become available in the United States. The Brew It Stick ($14.95) has a fine nylon mesh basket to make a lone mug of French press-like java with little effort. Fill the basket with your own grounds and pour hot water through it and into the cup, and then immerse the Stick in the water. Brew for about four minutes, or a little longer if you want a stronger flavor. A small stand is included to catch the Stick’s drips when the drink is ready. Compared to a coffee pod or a specialty instant coffee, it’s a less expensive way to quickly deliver one good cup. Available at Sur la Table locations.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND