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8 Essential Teaware Tools for Every Tea Lover

Tea, which is consumed more than any other beverage in the world (second only to water), is more than just a beverage. It can be a way of life, symbolizing hospitality and mindfulness, or even just a hobby. In this article, we will dive into the world of teaware and tools, which can be essential to your tea journey. These essential teaware tools will help you explore and appreciate the art of preparing tea.

japanese kyusu teapot

1. Teapots

A teapot is the most essential piece of teaware tool that no tea lover should be without. Teapots come in a variety of forms and sizes, and the material of your teapot can have a big impact on the flavor of your tea. Ceramic and porcelain teapots are great all-rounders, as they do not absorb flavors. Japanese kyusu teapots, for example, have long handles and are ideal for making small batches of tea.


stainless steel Tea Infusers and Strainers with cups in the back

2. Tea Infusers and Strainers

Another essential teaware tool for tea lovers is infusers and strainers. Tea strainers and infusers allow loose tea leaves to expand and release their full flavor. They are available in a variety of types, ranging from single-cup infusers to basket infusers. These tea infusers and strainers are best for those who are wanting to be environmentally conscious and have a reusable option as opposed to the alternative of disposable tea bags.


brewed tea in a cup with tea kettle

3. Tea Kettles

Tea kettles are  tools used to heat water to the appropriate temperature. There are stovetop options like the Japanese tetsubin iron tea kettle, as well as electric variants available. Temperature-controlled electric kettles are especially useful for teas that require lower brewing temperatures, such as gyokuro and genmaicha.


pouring brewed tea in white cups from teapot

4. Teacups

Teacups have a rich past, cultural value, and a distinctive look depending on where they are found. To allow the tea to cool quickly, shallow, wide cups called yunomi are used in Japan. Small cups are favored in China for the concentrated flavors of gongfu tea. Tea is commonly served in bigger, handle-equipped cups in the West. Choose your teacup according to your personal tea-drinking style, culture, and aesthetic preferences.


hand whisking koicha matcha in a matcha bowl

5. Chasen (Bamboo Whisk)

A chasen bamboo whisk is a must-have for matcha tea enthusiasts. In traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, they use this handcrafted bamboo whisk in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies to blend matcha powder, creating a smooth and frothy beverage. A chawan, or matcha bowl, is necessary for brewing matcha. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced matcha maker, our Matcha Ceremonial kit is perfect for any avid tea lover.  


6. Tea Thermometer

A tea thermometer is a one-of-a-kind but useful tool for those seeking brewing precision. As a matter of fact, it guarantees that you heat your water to the appropriate temperature for the sort of tea you're brewing. Ease burnt tea leaves and guesswork with this handy tool.


putting tea powder in a bowl from match tea tin with tea scoop

7. Tea Scoop or Spoon

A tea scoop or spoon helps accurately measure the appropriate amount of tea leaves for each cup. Some tea connoisseurs prefer wooden or bamboo scoops such as a chasaji, a Japanese wooden tea scoop as it doesn’t interfere with the tea’s natural flavors.

tea powder in a tea canister with cherry wood scoop

8. Tea Storage

Proper storage is key to maintaining the flavor and aroma of your teas. Tea tins, canisters, or ceramic containers with airtight seals are your best options. A tea canister such as a Japanese wooden chazutsu is perfect for protecting your leaves from light, air, odors, and humidity.

Whether you're a first-time tea drinker or a seasoned connoisseur, having the correct teaware and tools can help take your tea experience to new heights. It not only adds complexity to the ritual, sophistication to the preparation, and a deeper appreciation of each cup's flavor. Additionally, having the proper equipment makes it much simpler to brew the perfect cup of tea.   


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