Tokoname teapots (kyūsu) are ideal for tea drinkers who are looking to extract the most out of their precious green teas.
Tokoname pots are normally finished with an unglazed surface inside or both inside and outside. The porosity of unglazed clay absorbs the tea leaves' polyphenols over time, ensuring future brews will be full and flavorful while the clay helps to round out the flavour and is recognized to intensify the umami of the tea. This clay is rich in iron minerals that enhance the umami notes in green teas by interacting chemically with tannins.
It's practical in its design with lovely, graceful proportions. Unglazed inner, made of red iron-rich clay. Thin-walled sides. Controlled, drip-free pouring. Comfortable handle.
During or trip to Japan, we met with the makers of these teapots and are proud to supply you with these high-quality handmade Tokoname pots directly from Japan. Tokoname teapots are instantly recognizable from their thin vessel walls; exquisite, fine detail work on lids, spouts and handles and perfect balance. These teapots are collected as works of art or treasured as superb tea steeping vessels by enthusiasts around the world
All of our Tokoname teapots are handmade by master potters and are stunning pieces of teapot design and function.
To brew the best tea, your teapot must be cleaned after every use.
Before using – When you receive your new teapot rinse inside and outside with warm to remove any little bits of clay from the production.
Cleaning is easy – After each session of steeping tea in your teapot, remove the tea leaves (they make great compost). Rinse the teapot with warm water to clean the inside. If there are little bits of leaf stuck after rinsing, turn your teapot over and let it safely air dry on a kitchen towel on your countertop, then brush them out with a soft brush.
A few more pointers:
- Please do not put in the dishwasher as the chemicals and are far too corrosive for the clay.
- Dont scrub the teapot with an abrasive cleaner or abrasive cleaning pad. A soft, damp cloth and gentle rubbing should remove any stains that might develop on the outside of the teapot.
- While these teapots are used in Japan for green teas such as Sencha and Gyokuro, most other plain teas such as Chinese green, yellow, and black teas, and oolongs will steep well in Tokoname clay.
- Please avoid using strongly perfumed or flavoured teas such as Classic Early Gery, Peppermint, Chai of Ghana, Jasmine Pearl etc in your Tokoname teapot as these teas will leave residual flavour embedded in the clay of your teapot.