How do you carry out your tea ritual? Each of us enjoys tea in our own unique way. We gain a different experience from tea depending on the time of day, our energy levels & mood, and the kind of tea we are preparing.
Do you prefer to use a sturdy mug or a dainty cup & saucer? What is your favourite style of teapot and what is it made of? Let’s take a look at some common makes of tea ware, and find which is best suited to your unique tea ritual.
1. Ceramic – ceramic teapots are great for keeping heat in, and come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, from Asian-inspired ceramics, to traditional English style tea wares. Ceramic teapots and tea cups are the most common and easy to access, and are very affordable.
The pros – Lots of variety in tea pot styles, easily accessible and affordable.
The cons – They are quite sturdy, but are still breakable
2. Glassware – my favourite! Glass provides a visual element to tea. A glass teapot allows us to see the vibrant colour of the tea we are brewing, and is ideal for brewing hand-woven tea balls, which are a truly visual tea experience. I love using a glass mug as well, allowing me to enjoy the colour of my brew as part of my holistic tea experience.
The pros – Glassware adds a delicate, colourful, visual element to your tea experience.
The cons – Glass loses heat quickly, so you can’t leave your tea to sit too long, before it starts to get cold. Being glass, it’s also breakable.
3. Bone China – bone China and fine bone China provide a clean, refined feel to your tea experience. Some even say using bone China makes the tea taste better. Bone China tea ware is lightweight compared to ceramic, and is often used in high tea events. Think delicate tea pots and cups & saucers.
The pros – Bone china teapots and tea cups have a lovely feel to pour tea from and drink out of.
The cons – Delicate and prone to chipping / breakages. Bone China tea wares are usually white and are prone to tannin staining when using black tea.
4. Cast Iron – cast iron pots are usually traditional Japanese or Chinese designs. They are extremely good insulators, and are by far the most effective pots at keeping your tea warm. If you’re a student, or work at a desk and are frequently forgetting about your tea and letting it get cold, try brewing in a cast iron pot. Some cast iron pots are also suitable to brew directly on a stove top, as long as they are not painted or glazed inside.
The pros – Great at keeping your tea warm, and they are virtually unbreakable.
The cons – They are super heavy, especially when filled with tea.
5. Stainless Steel – sturdy and resistant to breakages, stainless steel tea pots are also excellent insulators and retain the heat of your tea. Many stainless steel tea pots provide a retro, stylish feel to your tea experience.
The pros – Resistant to breaks, keeps your tea warm.
The cons – They mark easily with fingerprints and water marks.
Whether you’re exclusive and loyal to a particular style of tea ware, or whether you have a teapot for every occasion, the tea ware you use has influence on how you enjoy and conduct your tea ritual.
Happy tea drinking!
Written by Hayley Hinton, Naturopath &
creator of Infuse Herbal Teas.