Kyusu: 3 Types of Traditional Japanese Teapots

In recent years, a wide variety of traditional Japanese teapots “Kyusu (急須)” can be bought online. But do you know there are several types with different properties in Kyusu?

Actually, Kyusu teapots can be divided into three types, that is, pottery, porcelain, and ironware, which have different properties respectively. If you know the difference, you will be able to enjoy Japanese green tea more meaningfully.

3 Types of Kyusu Teapots

Thus, today let me talk about how the 3 types of Kyusu teapots differ from one another.


Pottery Kyusu Teapot

Japanese pottery is usually baked at 1100 to 1200℃, so the surface isn’t fully vitrified. If a glaze isn’t applied, the surface is good in water absorption, but most pottery Kyusu teapots are coated with a glaze.

Instead, thanks to the glaze, the teapots are excellent in keeping heat. Besides, since tiny holes on the surface remove the astringent taste characteristic of green tea, the tea brewed with a pottery Kyusu generally has a mild taste.


Porcelain Kyusu Teapot

Meanwhile, Japanese porcelain is typically baked at 1200 to 1460℃ and is totally vitrified, so the surface is fine and beautiful. Instead, the heat-retaining property of porcelain Kyusu teapots is inferior to pottery Kyusu.

The green tea made with a porcelain Kyusu is characterized by its sharp taste and strong scent, so the porcelain Kyusu teapot is said to be suitable for brewing “Sencha (煎茶)” and “Gyokuro (玉露)” green tea.


Ironware Kyusu Teapot

Lastly, ironware teapots are superior in the following 2 respects. The first point is that the green tea made with an ironware Kyusu is rich in iron because, by heating the teapot, iron is eluted from it into the tea.

Secondly, the water boiled in an ironware Kyusu gets a better taste because the ironware Kyusu removes chlorine and makes water pure.

(Reference Pages: 美肌茶房, )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, 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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