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A Japanese cast iron teapot or kettle, handcrafted by artisans using traditional techniques while adding a modern design.
At a Glance
This Tetsubin kettle features a modern, elegant design with a curved edge around the lid for no spillage. Handcrafted by Japanese artisans with a 900-year history of ironwork, this kettle features a porcelain enamel interior for a glass-like finish that aids in heat retention. The iron naturally interacts with the water, further enhancing the flavor of your tea. The kettle has a smooth, large iron handle that can be folded for easy storage. They are rust-resistant, and the more they are used, the more their texture develops, so with proper care, they can be passed down to the next generation.
A tetsubin is a Japanese cast iron teapot, or tea kettle, which is a traditional part of the Japanese tea ceremony, chanoyu. Historically, the tetsubin was used to heat water over charcoal for the preparation of matcha, but nowadays, tetsubin are commonly used for brewing tea. If desired, this kettle can be used over an open flame. However, recommended usage is to keep liquid warm, especially for adjusting the temperature of boiled water or just steeping tea.
The Tetsubin Crafting Process
Carrying on traditional craftsmanship practices, the kettle design is first drawn by hand. Afterward, a hand-carved prototype is made from gypsum and used as a base to create a mold for pouring iron. With deep concentration and focus on pour speed and volume, the artisan then hand-pours iron, melted at 2,800°F, into the mold. Lastly, the iron pot is carefully hand-carved and refined into perfectly smooth curves and edges.
Weight & Dimension
|Tetsubin Gen - Large (1.3L)
|7.5"L x 7.5"W x 4.25"H
|Tetsubin Gen - Medium (1L)
|7"L x 6.6"W x 4"H
|Tetsubin Gen - Small (0.6L)
|6.5"L x 6"W x 3.5"H
Tea Ceremony Tradition
The Tetsubin represents centuries of traditional craftsmanship. Handmade by Japanese artisans with a 900-year ironworking legacy, it boasts an elegant, spill-resistant design. The porcelain enamel interior ensures excellent heat retention and flavor enhancement. Its rust-resistant properties and foldable iron handle make it a durable heirloom.
TEA CEREMONY TRADITION
While historically used for matcha preparation over charcoal, the Tetsubin now serves various tea-brewing purposes. It can be used over open flames or primarily to maintain liquid warmth and adjust water temperature for tea steeping. Its design combines functionality and aesthetics, elevating your tea experience.
The Tetsubin's creation honors tradition. A hand-drawn design guides the carving of a gypsum prototype, which becomes the mold for pouring iron. Artisans meticulously hand-pour iron at 2,800°F, focusing on pour speed and volume. The resulting iron pot undergoes careful hand-carving, resulting in smooth curves and edges. This intricate process ensures each Tetsubin's quality and authenticity.
HOW TO BREW SENCHA with a tetsubin
Step 1 Fill tetsubin with fresh, filtered water. Place directly on the stove to boil.
Step 2 Pour water into cups to warm the cup and cool down the water. You can also use a yuzamashi water cooler.
Step 3 Pour water over tea leaves. Recommended water temperature for this Sencha is 176°F (80°C). It typically takes 1 minute to cool to ideal temperature. The flavor will be lighter and sweeter when brewed at lower water temperatures such as 158°F (70°C). Try different brew times and temperatures to find your preference.
Step 4 Steep for 1-2 minutes. All of our teas can be steeped up to 3 times.