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1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 - Which Teapot is best?

Posted on November 24 2020

November 2020 | Vol 1

There are many teapots in the market made of different materials like porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel, and glass.


Porcelain teapots are great for making white and green teas which require a lower temperature for brewing. Porcelain teapots often have thinner walls than those made of ceramic; this means that the heat transference is low. Tea brewed in a porcelain teapot will maintain its temperature for a longer time as compared to others. 

Ceramic teapots are best for black teas and Pu Erhs because they should be brewed at a higher temperature. Ceramic teapots usually have thicker walls and a low heat transfer rate which will maintain the water temperature far better than most other materials. 

Glass teapot generally have thin walls. Unfortunately this means a loss of heat much faster than a porcelain or ceramic teapot but slightly less loss than a metal pot. The major appeal of a glass teapot is the visual display of the tea leaves as the infuse with the water, it's the colors, the texture, the movement. This is the reason most restaurants and tea houses will serve tea in a glass pot. It's a bit of eye candy for you.

Metal teapots such as stainless steel or cast iron can be used with any type of tea leaf. The major benefit of a metal teapot is that they can be used directly on a stovetop unlike most glass and some ceramic and porcelain pots. The best metal pots will have an enamel coating on the inside to eliminate the metallic taste in the water. Unfortunately because of the metal composition they have an extremely high heat transfer rate which causes your poor cup of tea to decrease its temperature very quickly. Also, they will oxide over time, must be cleaned and air dried frequently.

Porcelain and ceramic pots often come in gorgeous colors and amazing patterns to suit any personal style or kitchen décor. Metal teapots have come a long way with chic metallic finishes such as copper, gold, and matte black now available. Although glass teapots are usually just clear, they have an array of shapes and sizes to choose from. 

There's a pot for every tea and every style. They all have their pros and cons but they'll all get the job done. So grab your leaves and let's get to brewing!

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