When purchasing loose leaf tea, many of our customers ask us for advice about the best pots, cups, and accessories for brewing tea. While personal preference plays a large role in deciding how to prepare your tea, the type of tea, traditional preparation methods, and aesthetic considerations can all be taken into account in order to ensure that you brew up the perfect cup!
Tea For One
Making tea just for yourself and not sure where to start? Artful tea sells a variety of filters and infusers that make preparing a cup of tea a breeze. Simple set the filter or strainer in your favorite mug, fill it with tea, steep for the appropriate length of time, and enjoy. All-in-one tea cups with infuser and lid are another great option for single cups!
If you’d prefer more than one cup, teapots come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be a lovely way to enjoy successive cups of tea. We recommend teapots that come with their own built-in infuser baskets, which make tea preparation, steeping, and straining an easy, seamless process.
Taste for Tradition
Interested in preparing tea in a more traditional way? At our Santa Fe location, we sell a variety of beautiful teapots and sets. These tea accessories have rich histories in their countries of origin, and are often specially crafted to be used with particular types of tea.
Our Yixing teapots, from the pottery capital of China, are made from clay rich in minerals which produce a variety of beautiful colors when fired. Teapots from Yixing have long been considered the best tea-brewing vessels in the world and, with use, each pot develops a rich patina which enhances the taste, color and aroma of fine teas. Yixing pots are used in Chinese Gongfu tea preparation, where tea leaves are steeped in multiple successive infusions, and are most often used with Chinese black, pu-erh, and oolong teas. Gaiwans are another traditional way to brew Chinese green and white teas, and can be made out of porcelain, glass, Yixing clay, or even jade.
Japanese teas, on the other hand, are often traditionally brewed in tetsubin, or cast iron teapots, which come in a variety of shapes and colors, as well as small side-handle pots sometimes called kyusu, which are often used for preparing sencha and other high quality green teas.
We also sell a variety of western-style ceramic and glass teapots, which are perfect for brewing up a strong pot of black tea or preparing an herbal infusion. Tea sets, complete with pot, cups and saucers, creamer, and sugar jar can be a lovely way to coordinate your tea time and cultivate an aesthetic that’s all your own.
Tea on the Go
Looking to take your tea with you? One popular option are our Urban Tumblers, which are made of borosilicate glass, stainless steel and natural cork, and have lids that unscrew from both ends. The bottom has a removable stainless steel infuser basket for tea leaves, and the tumblers can be used for both hot and cold infusions!
However you decide to brew your tea, the sky’s the limit in terms of teapot possibilities, and choosing what method works for you can be a great way to cultivate your own particular tea aesthetic. You can watch your tea leaves unfurl as they steep in clear glass, prepare tea in a traditional pot perfected over the course of centuries, or choose a color or pattern that best suits your style. Different teapots, cups, and other accessories can be used to satisfy different brewing needs or moods! No matter what method you use, you’ll have the most important result: a perfectly brewed cup of tea!