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Tea can be brewed with a covered cup or a teapot, both of which are good tools for brewing tea. However, there are still some differences between the covered cup and the teapot when making tea. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.
The difference between a bowl and a teapot is that a bowl is usually used for eating, while a teapot is used for preparing and serving tea.
The difference in material.
There are many porcelain wares, of which blue and white porcelains are the most. White porcelain is pure and exquisite, just like jade. Blue porcelain is elegant, like the sky after rain or the mountains’ verdant hue, which makes people feel calm and peaceful. Teapots are mostly made of pottery. The color of it is usually dim but teapots with good quality come in various shapes, so there are more options to choose from.
Making tea with a lid is free and intuitive, the water angle and position, the size of the water flow are all at will, easy to observe such as tea color, soup color and leaf bottom. Moreover, it is also very convenient for maintenance. Making tea with a lid can reduce the influence of utensils on the mellowness of tea soup to a certain degree, so it is very suitable for tea tasting. But the teapot design is more humanized, with no handle that will not scald your hands, making operation relatively easy.
A bowl is better suited for drinking with a slightly faster pace, while the teapot is relatively slower. So a bowl is more suitable for tasting with two or three good friends, while the teapot is better for drinking with many people.
Which is better for making tea, a bowl or a teapot?
A teacup can be used to brew any type of tea. When brewing tea with a teacup, the most important element is to complement the color of the tea. Green, black and yellow teas are best suited for use in a teacup. The resulting flavor is smooth and clear with pleasant aromas. For higher grade teas, porcelain or white porcelain teacups are ideal because these materials do not absorb any of the tea’s scent, allowing all of its complex aromas to be fully displayed.
Cover bowls are better suited for minimalists who remove intricate tea-making details and focus on the tea itself. If you want to add a bit of ceremony, a teapot should be your best choice.
Cover the cup and steep the tea.
Brewing tea: Put in an appropriate amount of tea leaves. Generally speaking, a bowl size is 140ml. If you plan to brew it only once, suggest putting 2g of tea leaves (1.5% of the water volume). You could adjust somewhat according to your personal preference.
Flush with water: Brew with hot water of appropriate temperature.
Timing: The ratio of tea to water needs to be steeped for 10 minutes to get the right concentration. After 10 minutes, it will roughly settle at that concentration, so you can drink it slowly afterwards and the concentration will not continue to rise.
For drinking: Serve tea. Open the lid, enjoy the scent from the bottom of the lid, use the lid to stir the tea soup, appreciate the color of the soup and the posture of the tea leaves after stretching, and make it evenly concentrated. Put the lid obliquely on the bowl, leaving a gap large enough for water to come out but can filter out tea dregs, hold down the lid knob and serve a bowl for drinking. For formal occasions lift up with a tray.
To make tea with a teapot, start by boiling water in a pot. Next, add the desired amount of loose leaf tea or tea bags to the teapot and pour the hot water into it. Let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Finally, pour the tea into cups and enjoy!
Thermos flask and mug
The secret to a good cup of tea is to heat the teapot and teacup with hot water. This not only cleanses the pot but also removes mildew and warms it up. Immersing the inner and outer of the pot prevents the residues left from frequent brewing, eliminating any impurities that are bad for health.
First, select the tea leaves and put about one fifth of the amount of tea leaves in the teapot. The amount of tea leaves should be well controlled, too much would make the flavor strong while too little would have no taste.
Wash the tea.
Next, pour hot water into the teapot and immediately pour out the water from it. If there are any bubbles, use the lid of the pot to gently scrape it off. This is also called washing tea. The purpose is to filter out any unclean substances on the surface of the tea leaves.
Brew tea and savor the flavor.
Then re-infuse with appropriate boiling water: Green tea should be infused at 80°C, and red tea, Pu’er tea, Oolong tea and Tuo Cha 90-100°C. The steeping time is affected by many factors such as the type of tea, the amount of tea leaves, water temperature and volume of the teapot. With practice it’s not hard to master this step. Repeating this step will allow you to savor your tea in finer detail.
Return to position.
After use, remove the lid of the kettle, with the bottom of the kettle facing skywards and the mouth of the kettle facing downwards to allow it to dry in natural wind.
That concludes our presentation. There’s really no difference between using a teapot and a cup when steeping tea, it all comes down to personal preference. For those new to tea drinking, the teapot is the most accessible choice, while experienced tea drinkers can use it to not only drink but also cultivate their temperament.