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There are many kinds of tea ware for making tea, teapot and teacup are common, so whether teapot or teacup should be used for making tea depends on individual habit. Both of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Is it better to use a teapot or a lid bowl for making tea?

Under the same amount of tea infusion, water temperature and brewing time, purple-clay teapot can effectively bring out the essence of tea better than porcelain cover bowl. Purple-clay has strong heat preservation and slow radiation property which helps to release water-soluble substances from the tea leaves. But for the cover bowl, it cools down quickly after hot water is poured in, resulting in absorption of heat from both the bowl surface and tea leaves, reducing the water temperature and dissolving substances, thus weakening its richness.

Covering the bowl has an edge over cover fragrances, as it can release some heat and reduce olfactory stimulation, making the fragrance smell more fragrant. As for using a teapot, then it would be a Zisha teapot. The Zisha absorbs fragrance, absorbing some of the tea fragrance in the process, making it weaker than when using a covering bowl.

Covering the bowl is more convenient for use, cleaning and viewing the bottom than a purple sand pot, which probably accounts for why most people like to make tea with a covered bowl.

From an operational point of view, the first few covers are relatively hot (but this can be ignored by experienced tea drinkers), and they are easy to break; The pot is relatively easy to use, but it is troublesome to clean and easy to break when cleaning. Another problem is that due to heat dissipation, the temperature of tea brewed with a lid is lower than that of a pot, which means that the tea brewed with a lid will be more durable than that brewed with a pot.

Overall, both teapot and covered cup have their own advantages and disadvantages, so whether teapot or covered cup is better for making tea depends largely on one’s tea-making habits.

The method of making tea with a teapot is to first rinse the teapot with hot water. Then add loose leaf tea into the teapot and fill the teapot with boiling water until it is about three-quarters full. Place the lid on the teapot and steep for 2-3 minutes. Finally, pour the tea into cups for serving.

1. Warm Teapot and Cup: It is important to use hot water to scorch the inside and outside of the teapot and cup when making tea. This can not only clean the pot, remove mildew, but also warm it up and enhance the flavor. Thoroughly soaking inside and out can prevent dirt from accumulating often when making tea, as well as removing impurities that are not good for health.

2. Tea infusion: First, select the tea leaves and put about one-fifth of the amount of tea in the teapot. The amount of tea leaves must be controlled properly; too much will make it taste strong, and too little will make it tasteless.

3. Rinse Tea: Then pour boiled water into the teapot and immediately pour it out. If foam appears, gently scrape it off with the lid of the teapot, which is also called rinsing tea. The purpose is to filter off impurities on the surface of the tea leaves.

Brewing Tea: Then, use suitable boiling water to brew again. 80℃ is appropriate for green tea, 90-100℃ for black tea, Pu’er tea, oolong tea and Tuo Tea. The steeping time is affected by many factors such as the kind of tea leaves, the amount of tea leaves, the temperature of the water and the capacity of the teapot. With repeated practice, it won’t be difficult to get a hold on this step. Repeatedly performing this step will allow you to enjoy tea in detail.

5. Finishing Up: After use, remove the lid of the teapot, with the bottom facing up and the mouth facing down for natural air drying. That’s all you need to do for a simple five-step process to enjoy tea brewed from a purple sand teapot.

The method of making tea with a bowl cover is as follows: first, put the desired amount of loose or bagged tea into a bowl. Next, pour hot water over it and let it steep for a few minutes. Finally, place the bowl cover on top and wait until the tea has reached the desired strength.

Covering a bowl to make tea can be divided into two ways: individual use and multiple-person use. Here, for individual use, the method is as follows:

Put in the proper amount of tea leaves. Generally, a bowl is 140ml. If you only plan to brew once, it’s recommended to put 2g of tea leaves (1.5% of the water volume). You can adjust it according to your preference.

2. Rinse: Infuse with hot water of an appropriate temperature.

Timing: The above tea-to-water ratio needs to be steeped for 10 minutes to get the appropriate strength. After 10 minutes, it roughly settles at that concentration, so you can drink it slowly afterwards and the strength won’t continue to increase.

Drink: Serve tea. Open the lid, enjoy the scent steamed on the bottom of the lid, stir the tea soup with the lid, appreciate the color of the tea soup and how the tea leaves spread out, and make sure the concentration of the tea soup is even. Covering part of each bowl with a lid so that there’s a gap between them big enough for water to come out but small enough to filter out any tea sediment, hold down the knob on top and serve it up. For formal occasions, it should be served with a tray.

Whether it’s a teapot or a bowl cover, they are all good tea utensils for brewing tea. Both of these tea utensils have their own advantages and disadvantages, so when choosing, we should just select according to our own tea drinking habits.