Kyusu: How to Choose a Traditional Japanese Teapot
There are three essentials to enjoying Japanese green tea or Ryokucha (緑茶).
First is the choice of green tea leaves. The second is a good Kyusu teapot, and the last is the brewing method.
Tasty tea calls for a good teapot, so you shouldn’t just focus on tea leaves.
A better teapot brings out the scent and taste of green tea better, even if brewing in the same way.
How to Choose a Kyusu Teapot
Today, let me talk about how you choose a traditional Japanese teapot or a Kyusu (急須).
Frankly, these three points are what you should remember.
The lid fits the body perfectly
That brings out the color and flavor of green tea better without too much air in the teapot.
Decide on the size according to the use
Making green tea for one person with a big teapot may weaken the taste.
Therefore, it is better to choose the size of Kyusu according to the use. Here is a reference when deciding on the size.
|100 ml to 200 ml||For one or two servings|
|201 ml to 340 ml||For two or three servings|
|341 ml to 480 ml||For three or four servings|
Consider the type of tea strainer
Kyusu comes in two types of tea strainers, ceramic and metal. Each has both pros and cons.
|Ceramic Strainer||Metal Strainer|
|This type is prone to clogging but brings out the scent and taste of green tea better.||This type is easy to maintain but may leave a metal smell.|
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