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Glass teaware can provide a convenient and elegant way to enjoy a cup of tea. When selecting glass teaware, there are several factors to consider.
First, it is important to choose glass that is thick enough to withstand the heat of boiling water without shattering. High-quality borosilicate glass is particularly durable and a good choice for hot drinks.
Second, look for smooth edges and a comfortable handle design. This will make pouring and drinking from the teaware easier and more pleasant.
Third, consider the size of your chosen pieces. If you plan on sharing your tea with others, select larger pieces that can accommodate multiple servings.
Finally, find pieces with an aesthetic that complements your decor or personal style. This can be as simple as choosing clear or tinted glass or finding colored or patterned pieces from trusted brands like Bodum and Hario V60.
Glass tea sets are traditional utensils that combine beauty and practicality. They are mainly suitable for grass flowers, black tea, green tea, Pu’er tea, fruit tea, health tea and craft flower tea as well as coffee series. So how to choose glass tea sets?
How to Choose Glass Tea Ware
High-quality glass teaware is made from pure materials. If the material is impure, there will be many bubble flaws on the glass, which will affect the expansion of the glass and make it easy to crack. It may even burst automatically due to high temperature.
Of course, the number and size of bubbles is one of the expressions of high or low quality. Expensive heat-resistant glass tea sets may also have this situation, but as long as it does not affect beauty and use, some unavoidable manual small bubbles are allowed to exist.
Preferred high boron silicate
Glass tea sets available on the market can be divided into heat-resistant and non-heat-resistant types. High-temperature resistance and borosilicate glass tea sets are the best choice for making tea, either by brewing or by boiling.
Glass Tea Set made of Borosilicate Glass. With a low coefficient of expansion, it won’t burst even when there is an abrupt temperature change. The high-quality borosilicate glass has uniform thickness and appears transparent under sunlight with good refractive effect. It has a crisp sound when tapped.
Glass is not necessarily the thicker the better.
If the glass cup is for cold drinks, it is better to be thicker; for hot drinks, thinner is better. High borosilicate glass generally cannot be made too thick because many teawares can be heated directly on fire. If the glass is too thick, the insulation performance will be too good and it will not work well with direct-fire heating and insulation.
The advantages and disadvantages of glass teaware:
– Lightweight and easy to handle
– Transparent design allows you to monitor the progress of tea preparation
– Non-porous material prevents unwanted flavors or odors from seeping into the tea
– Easily breakable
– Require extra care when handling
The advantages of glass teaware:
1. Glass is a safe material that can be used for daily tea-drinking purposes.
2. It is transparent and easy to clean, so it will be no problem to see the color of the tea or observe the bubble and taste of the tea.
3. The glass does not contain any toxic substances, making it very hygienic for drinking tea.
4. The heat conduction of glass is faster than other materials, and it can maintain a stable temperature for a long time, making it perfect for brewing delicate teas such as green teas or oolongs.
The appearance is dazzling.
The glass texture is transparent and has strong plasticity, so the tea sets made of glass have various shapes and dazzling luster.
Making tea and watching tea-dance.
The glass tea set has a transparent texture, when making tea, one can directly appreciate the beautiful posture of the tea leaves floating in the cup, while the vivid color of the tea soup is also discernible.
Maximize the preservation of the tea aroma.
Glass tea ware has high density, small porosity, and low water absorption rate. It will not absorb the flavor of the tea, and different teas will not mix flavors. Using glass tea ware to brew delicate green tea, the aroma is not easily absorbed, and the original taste can be preserved.
Easy to clean
After tea is brewed in a glass teaware, it is easy to clean and will not leave any lingering taste.
Glass teaware is produced in bulk, so it has a low cost and, in most cases, a lower price than other teawares, making it easy to purchase.
Two, Disadvantages of Glass Teaware
1. Fragile: As glass is used to make it, it is not as durable as ceramic tea ware and easily affected by external factors.
2. Due to physical properties, the internal temperature will fluctuate drastically which not only affects the temperature of preserved tea water but also cannot make the tea leaves more rounded when brewed.
Glass teaware is fragile, so it is likely to get damaged if you are not careful during the tea-making process.
2. Hotter than usual
Glass teapot is hotter than porcelain, purple sand, metal and other tea sets. It is not advisable to take it directly with your hand when pouring freshly brewed tea into the glass cup, which is a shortcoming.
3. Low artistic value
Most glass teaware is mass-produced (with some exceptions), with low craftsmanship and low artistic value, thus not having great collector’s value.
Glass teaware is mainly suitable for brewing tea such as chrysanthemum tea, black tea, green tea, Pu’er tea, fruit tea, health-preserving tea and handicraft flower tea. It has a high ornamental value and is full of interest. If you like to appreciate the color of the brewed tea soup, the shape of the tea leaves and the floating scenery of the leaves during brewing, glass teaware will be your best choice.