When drinking tea from beautiful cups and pots, the exceptional taste is matched with an equally exceptional aesthetic experience.
The easiest way to boil and cool water is to use a glass teapot. There are many kinds of tea pots and cups − from fired clay, porcelain, glass or cast iron − for all kinds of tea.
The method of manufacture from unfired earthenware − so-called I-hsing. Japanese cast-iron kettle are great as well as rather expensive. Tea gourmets tend to have different teapots for different teas. Like with good food, tea ware influences the enjoyment of tea. Metal tea pots are not suitable as they can negatively affect the final taste of tea.
During preparation, tea leaves float freely in the tea pot without filters and strainers.
Teapots should only be cleaned with water without detergents.
Tea pots and cups for the Japanese green tea
In Japan, green tea (sencha) is prepared in small clay teapots called kyusu (held on the side) or shiboridashi (with no handle). They are simple and elegant. There is a fine sieve inside of the spout, which allows easy preparation of multiple infusions. The tea pots of this type are produced from green and red clay using original technologies. They are not glazed, but finely polished. Like tea cups, they are only made in a few traditional pottery workshops in Japan. Modern tea pottery includes the traditional polished tea pots as well as pieces with elegant glazing and minute decorations.
There is a general rule: the better the tea, the smaller should the tea pot be. And vice versa, the smaller the pot, the higher quality the brew.
On a demanding day or when travelling, one appreciates a simple tea preparation. You can make use of tea filters or pots with a sieve that is simple to remove.
Tea accessories also include various spoons to and caddies for storing tea leaves.
There are innumerable tea accessories: coolers, heaters, mixers − you name it.