What's the best material for a teapot?

Depending on the country of origin, customs and rituals, tea pots can be made in different materials. What type of teapot makes the best tea? The perfect tea pot for tea ritual ? Here are the most common ones:

  • Glass: glass tea pots are usually very elegant and refined since you can see through them. The glass used for most of these tea pots is strong enough to resist the heat of hot water. However, glass tea pots are very fragile and they don’t hold the heat very well
  • Cast iron: traditional Japanese tea pots are made of cast iron. They have an inner coating that prevents them from rusting. Therefore, they are very heavy but they can hold the heat for a very long time. Every tea lover has a cast iron tea pot. 
  • Ceramic
  1. Earthenware: these tea pots are traditionally used in China since they are ideal for Chinese black tea and oolong teas. The known ones are the Yixing clay teapots made from the clay from Yixing in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu. These tea pots have the particularity of being very dense and they also absorb a tiny amount of tea into the pot during brewing. Therefore, they have a “memory” of the aromas by retaining flavor and color. This is why you should rinse them with clear water. Therefore, it is recommended to us only one type of tea per tea pot. By doing so, you will not corrupt the flavor. However, if your teapot is made of earthenware (not Yixing clay), we still recommend to keep one tea pot per type of tea.
  2. Porcelain: this is the most prized material for tea pots. As porcelain is non porous, holds the temperature very well and is easy to clean. Therefore, porcelain is recommended for white and green teas. It can also be used for any type of tea.

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