Back to Basics: How to Choose the Perfect Teapot

May 6, 2018
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Glass, cast iron or ceramic? Before choosing a teapot, it is good to have an idea of how we will use it. While most teapots are versatile and can be used for a full range of teas, others are more suited for certain family of teas.
A glazed ceramic surface allows all styles of tea to be infused without the taste of the previous infusion. If you're looking to experiment with a wide variety of teas, this versatility make it the prime choice. Also recommended for delicate, subtle teas such as white teas or Chinese green teas.
Similarly to ceramic teapots, glass teapots are also known for their versatility and neutrality. The inner surface allows for any type of tea to be infused but the distinct sensorial advantage is the spectacular visuals through the glass the as your infusion opens before your eyes.
These are handmade teapots, known to absorb a tea's aromas. The porous surface adds mineral content changing the water quality and making it the perfect choice for any tea lover looking for dedicated teapot for one family of teas. Over time, the teapot will build a mild “memory that adds a layer of taste to the  profile. Notably ideal for for black teas, wulong and Pu Er.
Kyusu teapots are lesser known in the Occident but are ideal for preparing small leaved Japanese teas. They are created with a delicate clays that add lightness to their ergonomic designs. They can be used for a classic green tea infusion or for a senchado technique.
Originally used as kettles in China, cast iron teapots are now a Japanese speciality. The enamelled interior surface allows for any tea to be infused without memory.
There are many different types of metal teapots each of a different quality. If you're looking to infuse mint tea, we recommend the traditional teapots of the Magreb as they maintain heat very well. However, for infusing more delicate teas metal teapots are not recommended.

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