Kyusu : How to Choose the Traditional Japanese Teapot

There are 3 important points necessary to enjoy Japanese green tea, which are the choice of green tea leaves, a good teapot, and the method of brewing the tea.

Since nice tea is made with a good teapot, you shouldn’t just focus on tea leaves. A better tea pot brings out the scent and flavor of tea leaves better, even if you brew tea in the same way.

How to Choose a Kyusu Teapot

Japanese Kyusu Teapot

Therefore, today let me talk about how to choose the traditional Japanese teapot “Kyusu (急須)”. Here are 3 important points when you buy the teapot.

The lid fits the main body firmly

This point results in bringing out the scent, color, and flavor of Japanese green tea well without too much air in the teapot, because of the high sealing degree.

Choose the size according to the use

If you make green tea for one person with a big teapot, you will make the taste of the tea weak and terrible. Therefore, you should choose the size of Kyusu according to the use. Here is the guideline to choosing the size.

100ml – 200ml one or two servings
201ml – 340ml two or three servings
341ml – 480 ml three or four servings

Choose a Kyusu teapot considering the type of the tea strainer

There are primarily 2 types of tea strainers for Kyusu, ceramic tea strainers and metal tea strainers. Each has both strength and weakness.

Ceramic Tea Strainer Metal Tea Strainer
Using this type becomes more prone to cause clogging, but this type brings out the scent and flavor of tea leaves better without metal smell. This type is easy to maintain, because the strainer makes clogging harder to occur. But it can make the taste of tea bad.
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Recommended Kyusu Teapots 

It may be a good idea for you to choose a ceramic Kyusu, because that type is superior in water absorbency and moisture retention. Thus, the Kyusu will make the taste of tea mild by removing the harshness.

This is why I recommend the ceramic Kyusu teapots of “Banko Yaki (ware) (萬古焼)” and “Tokoname Yaki (ware) (常滑焼)”. Banko ware and Tokoname ware are traditional Japanese crafts famous for their Kyusu teapots.

Shidei Kyusu (紫泥急須) : the Standard Kyusu of Banko Yaki (ware) Shudei Kyusu (朱泥急須) : the Standard Kyusu of Tokoname Yaki (ware) Shudei Kyusu (朱泥急須) by Master Craftsman 北龍, Tokoname Yaki (ware)

This Kyusu makes the taste of tea mild and good because it is made from potter’s clay rich in iron.

  • Capacity : 370ml
  • Stainless tea strainer
  • Ceramic Kyusu

This Kyusu makes the taste of tea mild and good because it is made from potter’s clay rich in iron.

  • Capacity : 400ml
  • Ceramic tea strainer
  • Ceramic Kyusu

This Kyusu is a hand crafted Shudei Kyusu (朱泥急須) by Master craftsman “北龍 (Tatsuo Umehara)”.

  • Capacity : 310ml
  • Ceramic tea strainer
  • Ceramic Kyusu
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Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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