- by vinux
Drinking tea for health has become the choice of many office workers. Whether it’s black tea, green tea, or flower tea, you need to choose suitable utensils to brew it. If you choose the wrong cup, not only will it destroy the elements of the tea itself, but it may also cause harm to your body!
The most famous purple clay pottery is a kind of pottery, fired at 1000-1200°C, with fine texture and no leakage, but with invisible pores that can absorb tea juice and store tea flavor. It heats slowly without burning hands. Even if the temperature changes quickly, it won’t break; brewing tea with a purple clay teapot has a mellow aroma and good heat preservation without cooked soup taste, which can keep the true essence of tea. Generally speaking, it is believed that semi-fermented teas such as Taiwanese oolong tea and Tieguanyin can best demonstrate the characteristics of tea flavor when brewed in a purple clay teapot.
Ceramics with white as the most precious, fired at about 1300 degrees Celsius, are inexhaustible and sound clear and melodious. They can reflect the color of tea soup, with moderate heat transfer and insulation, and no chemical reaction to tea. Brewing tea can get better color, aroma, and taste as well as beautiful and delicate shapes which are suitable for brewing light-fermented and fragrant teas such as Wenshan Baozhong Tea or Green Tea. Ceramic teaware should be the first choice for drinking and tasting tea, and it also has artistic appreciation value and collection value.
Glass Tea Ware
Transparent in texture, fast in heat conduction and non-breathable, glass teacups are perfect for brewing tea. During the entire process of infusion, you can witness the floating of tea leaves and the gradual unfolding of tea leaves as well as the color of released tea soup. The downside of using glass teaware is that it’s prone to breakage and it’s hotter to handle than other materials, but it also offers good value for money. When brewing green teas like Longjing and Biluochun with glass teaware, you will see light aroma floating out of the cup with buds standing gracefully or waving flags and spears interlacing up and down, presenting a pleasant sight.
Other material tea sets
Plastic tea sets often have odors, and hot water affects the flavor of tea. Paper cups and plastic cups are the same. Except for temporary use, it is not suitable for making good tea. It is also not suitable to use insulated cups to brew high-end green teas because they maintain warmth for a long time and make the tea smell dull and stale.
Purple sand is a kind of natural pottery clay, which is rich in iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc and other elements. It can alkalize water quality and improve human immunity, which is beneficial to health. The purple sand teapot made of clear water cement is used for drinking green tea, and the purple clay teapot is used for drinking oolong tea. Both oolong tea and Pu’er tea should be brewed in a large purple sand teapot with a base so that the tea leaves can fully unfold at the bottom of the teapot, making the soup thicker and more fragrant. Using special pots for special purposes is more conducive to the maintenance of pots.
Slowly nurture the purple sand pot with tea, wash it once after a period of time, repeat this process for three times and the sand can be washed very clean. Let the tea residue stay in the pot too, as it contains nutrition and mineral sediment of the tea which has a nourishing effect on the pot. The longer it stays, the better it becomes; not only will its color become soft and gentle but also natural aroma of tea is released from it.
Clean the purple sand pot without using detergent or oily cleaning cloth, just use boiling water.