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Title: Have You Picked the Right Tea Ware? Bowls, Purple Sand Pots, Purple Pottery Pots, and Elegant Cups

Brewing tea has three components: water, tea leaves, and heat.

Water temperature, tea-to-water ratio, and steep time.

Every item is related to the selection of tea sets. Common teapots and tea sets include cover bowls, purple sand pots, purple pottery pots, graceful cups, etc.

What is the difference between them? What kind of tea are they suitable for? Is there any advantage or disadvantage between them?

Let’s talk about teaware today.

The difference between material and shape.

2. Different utensils are suitable for brewing different types of tea.

3. Scene and Ceremony Feeling

Original: 私たちは勇気を持って新しい挑戦に取り組んだ

Translation: We took on the new challenge with courage.

The difference between material and shape is that the material refers to what something is made of, such as wood, metal, or plastic. The shape refers to the form or outline of an object, such as round, square, or triangle.

When choosing tea wares, I generally base it off of practicality, that is to say, whether the tea ware can make me brew a good cup of tea.

The key influence of teaware on tea soup is its thermal properties (insulation). The material, shape and thermal properties of teaware are closely related.


Recognizing objects should return to the material itself: Most of the lids are made of porcelain, the teapot and purple pottery pots are made of clay, and the floating cups are made of glass or plastic.

Material is just a manifestation, let’s take a look at the relationship between material and heat dissipation:

Different materials can be arranged from densest to least dense in terms of their texture:

Glass>Fine Ceramics>Coarse Pottery

The looser the structure, the weaker the heat dissipation; conversely, the stronger. Slow heat dissipation has a thermal insulation effect.

Therefore, in terms of thermal insulation, the loose-structured purple sand teapot is stronger than the purple pottery teapot, and the pottery made purple pottery teapot is stronger than the porcelain teapot.

Upon closer inspection, purple sand teapots differ due to the type of clay used. Purple clay is relatively coarse and low-density, making it an effective insulator. Zhu clay is finer and dissipates heat more quickly. Duan clay lies somewhere in between.


Generally speaking, the higher the ratio of volume to surface area, that is, the rounder the utensil, the better its insulation. At the same time, large volume is also an advantage for insulation.

Therefore, the larger and rounder the teaware, the better it retains heat.

Original: これは簡単な課題です。

Translation: This is a simple task.

What kinds of tea should be brewed with different utensils?

After clarifying the heat dissipation speed of the teaware, different teawares can be used for different purposes.

Pu’er ripe tea is a type of dark tea made in the Yunnan province of China. The tea leaves are picked, dried, and then allowed to ferment over time. The result is an earthy-flavored beverage with a deep, complex flavor. Pu’er ripe tea has been enjoyed for centuries and is known for its health benefits such as aiding digestion and helping to reduce cholesterol levels.

Pu’er ripe tea is suitable for purple sand teapot, especially the thicker purple clay teapot. Because the purple sand teapot has weak thermal conductivity and strong insulation effect.

The key point of tasting aged tea is its mellow taste, which is related to the content of water-soluble polysaccharides in the aged tea soup.

The higher the water temperature when brewing, the more sugar-like substances that can be dissolved. For every degree higher in water temperature, more sugars will dissolve into the water.

If you find the thermal insulation of a purple clay teapot insufficient, you can try using a stewing cup or thermos bottle directly. It works wonders.

Puerh raw tea (new raw tea)

Pu’er raw tea is suitable for use with a lid, because it contains a large amount of polyphenols, which needs to be controlled when making, otherwise it will easily be too strong or too bitter.

Brewing green tea does not require high thermal insulation, but requires high controllability. The quick in-and-out characteristics of the lid-covered brewing process make it easy for the tea brewer to control the concentration of the tea soup.

This is also why we choose to cover the cup when brewing tea with puerh or new tea.

Pu’erh Old-Tree Tea

Pu’erh old-tree tea is a variety of post-fermented tea made from the leaves and buds of large, old trees found in certain regions of Yunnan Province, China. It has a smoky aroma and earthy flavor with hints of sweetness. Pu’erh is revered for its health benefits, including helping to improve digestion and reduce cholesterol levels.

Pu’er Old Tree Tea is between New Tree Tea and Ripe Tea, while brewing it we need to make sure that it has a mellow taste but not too strong.

Following the aforementioned principle, purple clay and cinnabar pots should be chosen.

Scene and Sense of Ceremony
The feeling of ceremony can be created by setting the scene with a specific atmosphere. Using elements such as decorations, music, and lighting can create an emotion or mood. It’s important to create a sense of anticipation in order to elevate the experience for those involved. This can be done through thoughtful planning, decorations, and rituals that will make the event unique and memorable.

Among tea utensils, the “Piaoyi Cup” has an excellent controllability and is capable of brewing most kinds of tea without any problems, making it a very “useful” tea utensil.

However, the floating elegant cup resides in the lowest level of the tea utensil hierarchy, why? Because making tea is not only about drinking it, ceremony matters too. With the appearance of the floating elegant cup, it greatly interrupts with the sense of ceremony in formal occasions.

However, the sense of ceremony exists due to the conditions.

Having a cup of tea with a thermos cup while traveling and brewing a cup of tea with a graceful cup during busy work, isn’t it a sense of ceremony in ordinary life?

Therefore, when selecting tea ware, both the objective circumstances and subjective values should be taken into consideration. The balance between the two lies solely in one’s own hands.

Further Reading:

What are the differences between a golden pot, an iron pot, an old iron pot, and a glass pot for boiling water?

It is really important to use what kind of water for brewing tea | Knowledge and detection methods of water for tea-brewing

How to brew Longzhu: start from the point, break it down inside!

Rewritten: The Evolution of Tea Leaves, edited by Gao Wen, by Li Yang.