Antique Japanese Teapot

Japanese teapots guide

Our guide to choose a Japanese Teapot

This guide will help you to choose your future teapot, the one that would suit you best. What kind of Japanese teapot is there? How are they made? How to use it? and many other questions you may ask yourself before buying a teapot.

For many tea lovers, drinking tea is an art form, with traditional methods of brewing loose tea leaves in special teapots, with the ultimate goal of achieving the most flavor and aroma possible.

What is the point of having a quality teapot?

It infuses the tea to spread a generous aroma. The longer the tea is brewed, the darker its color will be, which will make its taste intense. The teapot also keeps the drink warm.

It is used to preserve the aroma of the tea: during the infusion, the teapot keeps the smell of the leaves so that you can smell the scent of the drink before tasting.

The different models of Japanese teapot

There are several styles of Japanese teapots, different capacities and different materials. Indeed, each element has its own specific requirements. The final flavor and taste of your tea depends mainly on the preparation method and the type of teapot used.

There are 3 types of Japanese teapots:

tetsubin teapot

1) The Japanese cast iron teapot : Tetsubin

Tetsubin teapots were traditionally used for boiling water and brewing teas. They became popular in the middle of the 19th century. From then on they ceased to be ordinary kitchen items and started to be considered as status symbols or decorative objects.

Cast iron is a material that heats tea quickly and keeps it hot longer than porcelain or clay alternatives.

These teapots are durable and strong and can withstand very high levels of heat. They also spread the heat evenly, resulting in a smooth tasting tea.

Cast iron teapots retain heat longer, so you can serve tea without worrying about it getting cold after a few minutes

traditional japanese teapot

2) The traditional Japanese teapot

It is a teapot made of ceramic, porcelain or clay. Its handle is located on the top and fixed with hooks. The handle is often made of bamboo or rattan.

This type of teapot offers average heat retention which places it just behind the cast iron teapot.

Thanks to the versatility of this material, these teapots are available in a wide range of colors and sizes. They are practical and will decorate your kitchen in the most beautiful way.

kyusu teapot

3) The Kyusu teapot

It is a traditional teapot mainly used to brew green tea. It usually has a side handle which allows to pour the tea very easily, it is then called: Yokode Kyusu. There is also a version with a handle at the back: Ushirode Kyusu.

It is made of ceramic, porcelain or clay.

Size and volume of Japanese teapots

As for any other kitchen utensil, choosing the volume of the teapot to buy depends on your own needs, if you drink tea regularly it may be better to choose a medium capacity Japanese teapot.

Small teapots are perfect for brewing green tea, as this type of tea is usually served to one or two people. The larger teapots are more suitable for brewing large quantities of black tea for example.

What is the ideal volume for a tea preparation?

Up to a certain volume, the preparation of green tea is optimal. For a perfectly brewed tea, it is best to have a teapot with a capacity of less than 0.5 liters.

Some advice for use

To preserve your precious teapot for as long as possible, some rules of use are necessary:

  • Maintain your teapot regularly by rinsing it with boiling water and letting it air dry.
  • Keep your teapot well ventilated to avoid a musty smell.
  • Never use soap or dishwashing liquid to clean your teapot, as this may damage the material and alter the flavors.
  • Never heat the teapot empty and do not let the water boil until it has completely evaporated, as this could damage the teapot.

How to know the temperature of the water in the teapot?

When bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan, it means that the water is at about 70°C; if they rise to the surface, the water is at 90°C; if they refocus at the surface, you are close to 100°C.

What should I do when I first use it?

Rinse the teapot 3 to 4 times with simmering water. It will be perfectly clean and sterilized. Then wipe the inside and outside with a dry cloth. You can now prepare a delicious tea.


The secret to having a delicious cup of perfectly brewed tea is not only knowing the right brewing method, but also having the right equipment. After going through this guide, I'm sure you've gained the essential knowledge to choose the right teapot for you!

Tea time is also a thousand-year-old ritual at the crossroads of many ancient civilizations, with a particular temporality that gives it all its charm. It is a privileged moment to rest your mind and savor the sweet spicy, fruity or vegetable flavors of your tea.

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