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Tea strainers are not used as frequently as teacups, but they are the most desired things for a neat tea lover. Without a tea strainer, it would be impossible to enjoy tea properly. Tea strainers filter out some of the fine particles while allowing you to see the real look of your brewed tea. What materials have you used for your tea strainers?
Some experienced tea drinkers with a high pursuit of tea quality can study the impact of different material teapots on the taste of tea soup by experiencing different material teapots. Choosing an appropriate teapot is more conducive to the performance of tea soup.
Do not use a tea strainer:
Some tea drinkers don’t like to use strainers when brewing tea in practice. The advantage of not using strainers is that it is convenient and can present the true appearance of the tea soup accurately. It is also normal for some loose leaf tea, which is well-made with strict and clean methods, not to use a strainer or to use a strainer only for the first few brews when there is less broken tea leaves.
The drawbacks are also obvious, as it is difficult to avoid the occurrence of crumbs in most Pu’er Tea during the pressing or prying process. Generally, the water outlet of the covered bowl or purple sand pot is not enough to block these crumbs or impurities, which affects both aesthetics and taste.
The characteristics of various material tea strainers:
1. Stainless steel tea strainers are durable, not easy to rust or deform, and can filter out the finest particles of tea leaves.
2. Porcelain tea strainers are delicate, elegant and beautiful, but fragile.
3. Clay and ceramic tea strainers are absorbent in nature and can release minerals that enrich the flavor of teas.
4. Bamboo tea strainers are light in weight, have good air permeability, and retain their shape after washing.
This type of tea infusers mainly includes sterling silver and stainless steel. Sterling silver is more easily oxidized, so it is not commonly used in daily life. Stainless steel tea infusers should be the earliest widely-used type.
Advantages: Durable and cost-effective.
Disadvantages: First, it is difficult to avoid rusting after using for a long time; Second, the metal taste may have a slight impact on the tea; Third, the mesh holes are not fine enough, and usually small particles can still be found at the bottom of the tea soup. Although stainless steel tea strainer is not easily broken and durable, it is easy to accumulate tea scale and rust spots after long-term use, which is not conducive to cleaning and sanitation.
Animal and plant materials
This type of tea strainer is commonly seen in the market, such as gourd-shaped tea strainers. Some even use conch shells and seashells to make tea strainers.
Advantage: Environmentally friendly and native green, but may not be cheap.
Disadvantages: Easy to have odor, not durable, easy to accumulate tea scale and not easy to clean.
Currently it is quite common in the market.
Advantages: Fine mesh, durable and easy to clean.
Disadvantages: After long-term use, it is easy to accumulate tea scale which is not easy to clean, and ceramic inevitably has a certain degree of adsorption, which can absorb some tea flavors. There may be slight influences between different teas.
Purple Sand material
At present, there are some exquisite and meticulous products on the market for purple sand tea strainer. Purple sand tea strainer has many similarities with ordinary ceramic tea strainer, but it can be nourished. Like purple sand pot and purple sand cup, it can become more and more moist as long as it is cleaned immediately after use, which brings extra fun to play with the purple sand tea strainer.
However, purple clay teapots are generally not suitable for brewing tea for testing tea quality, because after all the purple clay has some adsorption of tea aroma and flavor which could have a slight influence on the tea quality.
The development of teapots from general practicality to artistic appreciation has evolved into blue and white, enamel, Ru kiln, Ge kiln, celadon and so on, giving teapots more fun.
Advantages: Easy to clean, fine mesh, does not affect the aroma of tea, filtered tea soup will be more transparent and bright.
Some finely crafted teapots even possess certain artistic appreciation and play value, making them the most ideal choice at present.