I prepare loose tea multiple times per day. This cup is easy to prepare any loose tea. I use 1-½ tsp for this 12 oz cup and the tea is always just right. I save money and have a wider selection by using loose tea. I am buying one mug for each season, as the seasons correspond to one of the 5 elements. This cup represents water and winter to me, without the obvious snowflake theme. The blue movement is graceful and elegant. Thank you to the designer! So beautiful.