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The Mystery of the Porcelain Teapot

If you define yourself as a "tea person" rather than a coffee one, then you probably are familiar with the many different ways you can prepare tea; one of them being in a porcelain teapot. While choosing the right pot for tea brewing can be challenging; it is a known fact that porcelain is one of the best materials designed to serve the perfect cup of tea. Therefore, plenty of tea lovers opt for at least one porcelain teapot set in their tea & coffee cabinet. Here is everything you need to know about the wonders and mystery of the porcelain pot.

Why A Porcelain Teapot is One of the Best Ways to Make Tea

In order to understand the beauty of the porcelain teapot, it is necessary to start at the beginning. This white clay pot first appeared in the beautiful city of Jingdezhen in China; where porcelain, ceramic and pottery first came to life. Best known for its unmistakable bluish-white design, ceramic teapots have actually been around since the 7th century. It is also a known fact that "fine china" resembles this blue-white porcelain that once was and, in some regions, still is the symbol of aristocracy and nobility. Originating in China and traveling for centuries throughout Asia, Europe and America; the vintage porcelain teapot still holds an irreplaceable place in modern-day tea-making. 

Not only does it give your average, run-of-the-mill teatime a noble and elite twist, the porcelain teapot also shines out with its powerful potential to preserve heat. Whether it be an English or a Japanese porcelain teapot, this one-of-a-kind material is considered as one of the best options for tea brewing in terms of longevity and endurance. 

Porcelain, Ceramic or Glass?

A porcelain teapot is not the only alternative for brewing a nice cup of tea. It is safe to say that almost every tea enthusiast has at least one glass and ceramic teapot, even if only for the sake of diversity. This choice also depends on the country of origin, tea consumption habits, certain customs and tea-serving rituals.

Glass teapots are considered quite refined and elegant; given the fact that you can see right through them and enjoy the beauty of the tea brewing process before your eyes. However, before settling on a glass teapot for serving tea, you need to make sure that the glass is actually strong enough to resist the heat. Needless to say that glass teapots are nowhere near as durable as ceramic or porcelain when it comes to holding the heat at a stable level.

Ceramic teapots are not so different than porcelain ones; also originating in China. Ideal for oolong teas and black tea, ceramic teapots tend to absorb a small amount of tea into the pot while brewing; retaining color and flavor, thus forming a particular "memory" for specific aromas. That is why it is very important to clean and rinse the ceramic teapot after each brewing thoroughly. Debuting as clay and earthenware, ceramic teapots nowadays are almost completely glazed, making them adaptable for daily use.

How to Make Tea in a Porcelain Teapot

Whether you are using a porcelain teapot with infuser or plan on brewing the tea separately; making tea in a porcelain teapot is quite enriching and enjoyable for even newest of tea lovers. 

  • Step 1: Measure the amount of water your porcelain teapot can carry.
  • Step 2: Boil the water in a separate boiling pan or kettle.
  • Step 3: While the water is boiling, warm the porcelain pot by putting a cup of hot water in it and swirling it around. The tea will brew much faster in a warmer porcelain pot.
  • Step 4: Sticking to the old "one for the pot, one for each person" rule, add the necessary amount of tea to the pot.
  • Step 5: When the water has boiled, add it slowly to the pot and let it sit for one to six minutes. This depends solely on the weakness and the taste you desire.
  • Step 6: Remember to always use freshly boiled water with every new cup. Using re-boiled water can give the brew a lifeless, bland taste. It is recommended to use a teapot with an infuser for an easier fix.
  • Step 7: To avoid a bitter taste, do not let the lea leaves or tea bags sit in the teapot for too long. To keep the tea warm, try putting a cotton cloth over the pot. If you have a small porcelain teapot, you probably will not need this adjustment at all.

Tips for Making The Best Cup of Tea

Even the best of the tea makers may not know these tips that will transform your cup of tea into a delicious cup of joy.

  • Use only clean, filtered water.
  • Remember that different kinds of tea require different water temperatures.
  • Prefer loose lea or tea leaves to tea bags for a refined and organic taste.
  • Store your porcelain teapot and porcelain teaware in a separate cabinet to minimize damage and contamination.

How to Clean a Porcelain Teapot

While tea holds a special place in a tea drinker's heart, the teaware is nowhere short of this love and attention. When cleaning teaware such as a delicate porcelain teapot, it is important to use only fresh hot water and limit the disposal of chemicals and industrial cleaners. While cleaning;

  • Handle each piece of the pot separately, with care.
  • Do not wash your porcelain in the dishwasher, as the regular exposure to detergent and hard water will wither the pattern of the china.
  • Try to purchase detergent especially made for porcelain. If that's not a possibility, make sure to choose a washing liquid that has the lowest amount of additives, chemicals and colorants.
  • When removing stains, do now use abrasive sponges. Instead, try using a small amount of baking soda, warm water and a microfiber cloth for an effective removal.
  • Wash the porcelain teapot right after use to minimize stain formation.

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