TEA'S ME: Old ball and chain got you down? Us too. Well, that is, the loose leaf ball and chain we're talking about here. We've moved onto greener pastures, simpler methods, sleeker designers; we've moved onto The Teastick from the Gamila Company. As simple as it sounds, the tubular design allows for easy scooping and steeping without having to fish out the pieces afterwards. Teastick also claims the tubular design allows for "optimum flow" for a well-balanced full-flavor tea.