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Throughout the ages, those who appreciate the pleasure of drinking tea have always focused on its flavor and aroma, valued elegance and emphasized that “the teapot adds to the pleasure of drinking tea, and increases the artistic value of the teapot”. It is believed that good tea and a good teapot are like red flowers and green leaves, shining brightly when put together. For a tea lover, it is not only important to choose good tea but also to know basic skills for teaware pairing.
Kettle, water boiling
Boiling water kettle
First of all, talking about the kettle for boiling water, what tool to use depends on one’s own conditions. The wealthy can use a gold kettle, silver kettle, copper kettle or cast iron kettle to hold the water and burn sandalwood charcoal for heating. The ordinary people can just use whatever is available at hand; if there is even nothing to be found, then they can use a water dispenser. In any case, as long as they can get the water boiled. If you ask what’s the difference among them, this mainly comes down to cultural experience. Simply put, the water poured out from a gold kettle does not differ much from that from a water dispenser in terms of temperature or molecular structure; but definitely it will not give you such an upscale experience like pouring out of the gold, silver or iron kettles.
Tea Utensils for Brewing Tea
Cover the bowl.
Second, it’s tea utensils. The most common one we see is the cover bowl. When selecting cover bowls, the most common problem is that it may not be very convenient to use and easy to get burned. In fact, whether the cover bowl gets you burned or not depends not only on the utensil itself but maybe more importantly on the skills of using it.
Two factors determine whether a bowl cover is not hot to the touch. Firstly, in terms of material, those with larger pores such as pottery are relatively not hot; secondly, in terms of shape, smooth walls and clean water outlet are the primary standards. In addition, size and weight are key points. It must be easy to handle. If it is too big and heavy, it will be hard to hold firmly, and it will be inevitable that it will be hot. As for the skill of using a bowl cover, the key is to practice more. When learning to use a bowl cover for the first time, do not fill it up with water too much. If you really can’t learn how to use it, try brewing with a soft cup first.
Purple Clay Teapot
If you feel that the bowl cover and the elegant cup are not good enough and want to buy a purple sand pot, you should pay special attention to the water outlet. Why? Ancient people said: “Those who make tea pots should have straight mouths, and so should those who buy them. If it’s slightly crooked, it’s considered inferior, and if it’s more crooked, it will be thrown away. Because the object for storing tea is different from that for storing wine. Wine has no dregs or residue, one scoop can pour out all of it and its mouth curvature does not matter. Tea is a delicate material – tiny leaves floating on the water in large pieces when pouring into cups; if a few strands enter the mouth, it will block off rather than flow out. Drinking tea swiftly but having difficulty pouring out makes it tedious. A straight mouth can avoid this problem and even blockages can be unblocked; unlike trying to guide water through Wuyi’s nine curves.”
When buying a teapot, the spout must be straight. If it is curved, you should be worried, and if there are two curves, it would be considered as garbage. This is because tea differs from alcohol in that it has sediment. Alcohol can come out immediately after pouring, so the problem of a curved or straight spout is not serious; however, for tea that contains a small amount of leaves which expand into much larger pieces when brewed, these pieces can easily get stuck in the spout and make drinking tea impossible. Therefore, it is important to buy teapots with straight spouts since this will create less problems when blocking and cleaning.
When buying a kettle, try it out to see how the water pours.
Enjoy tea from a cup of quality.
A mug is a large, cylindrical drinking vessel that often has a handle. It is typically used for hot beverages such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Mugs are made of many materials such as ceramic, glass, metal, and plastic.
Everything needed for boiling water and making tea is ready, now let’s discuss the cups to serve tea in. Glass products are the most economical and practical choice in the industry, which are transparent and good-looking with a pleasant tea aroma. They are inexpensive yet practical.
Drinking Tea Cup
Enjoy your tea with this classic drinking cup. Perfect for enjoying a variety of teas, the cup is crafted with premium porcelain and features an elegant design. Enjoy your favorite beverage in style with this timeless piece.
After finishing with the public cup, it’s time to pick a teacup. For tea tasting, porcelain or glass cups are preferred. Pu’er tea, red tea, rock tea, white tea and black tea have a soup color ranging from orange to gold yellow. Porcelain cups are more visually appealing while green tea has a lush green color and glass cups offer a more transparent view with stronger viewing effects.
A device used for straining tea leaves from a brewed tea. It is often made of metal mesh, ceramic or plastic and is placed directly over the cup or teapot spout when pouring so that the leaves do not escape into the cup.
Someone asked, did you forget to mention the tea filter? It’s not necessary. The filter can filter out debris and dust, increasing the purity of the tea soup. Of course, if the tea itself is very clean, and the brewing technology is in place, the filter is not necessary. There are clay filters, steel filters, bamboo filters, and glass gauze filters, each with its strengths and weaknesses. When purchasing, you can choose from different perspectives such as environmental protection, practicality and effect on the flavor of tea.