Ceramic or cast iron teapot: which material is suitable for which purpose?

Time of issue: 2022-07-28 17:57:08

The preparation of a tea is just as individual as the enjoyment of the tea itself. While green tea, for example, should steep for a short time and at a milder temperature in order to develop its full aroma, you can also let peppermint tea steep a little longer - only for strong nerves suitable. 

This blog post is all about tea preparation and ceremony. The choice of a suitable teapot is essential. We will introduce you to various teapots, such as a hand-made ceramic teapot and a cast iron teapot. Have fun while reading!

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1. Choosing an ideal teapot
The most important properties of teapots are that they contain a large amount of tea, usually for several full cups, and that they keep tea warm for longer. In the following we would like to introduce you to the properties of teapots made of ceramic, glass, porcelain, cast iron and stainless steel. Because in addition to different materials, you also have the choice between design, shape and colors for your favorite teapot.

Glass teapot: perfect for teas with lower water temperature
A glass teapot is usually bulbous in shape and has a long, curved neck. Since stains or dirt are immediately noticeable on glass, it can be cleaned particularly quickly and easily. Teapots made from this material can usually be put in the dishwasher. It is particularly beautiful to watch how a tea blossom fans out in a glass pot and the aroma unfolds in the glass. Simply place a pretty tea flower in the pot, pour boiled water over it and watch the flower literally blossom. Glass does not retain heat as well as ceramic teapots, for example. For this reason, a glass pot works well for green teas. Because these should generally be infused at a mild temperature and steep for a maximum of 2 minutes.

Porcelain teapot: a timeless design classic
A porcelain pot has definitely found its way into your home. Porcelain is one of the materials most commonly found in kitchens. A large porcelain teapot has room for up to two liters of aromatic tea to brew and develop its flavor. Nicely painted with the famous ?onion pattern? and supplemented with either matching cups or combined with plain teacups in a mix & match style, this pot of tea becomes a timeless classic. Are you interested in this topic and would you like to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain and ceramics? Then take a look at our blog post on the differences between ceramics and porcelain!

Cast iron teapot: for true tea connoisseurs
They are among the oldest specimens in the tableware category in the world and have been used in Japan for centuries for everyday tea ceremonies. Drum roll please for: cast iron teapots! Cast iron teapots are definitely a must-have in almost every Japanese household.

Because the special feature of this special type of pot is that it keeps brewed tea warm for a very long time, usually up to several hours.

It owes this to an enamel coating. In addition, a cast iron teapot is often decorated with a typical "hail pattern" or hand-painted with Japanese motifs such as plants, cranes or lettering. Tea can be enjoyed particularly well from cast-iron pots with matching mugs.

Tip: Since cast iron is naturally more in the dark color range, a black tea service made of ceramic or porcelain complements the teapot made of cast iron and complements the individual tea enjoyment.


Stainless steel teapot: uncomplicated and modern
A stainless steel teapot and cup are the perfect companions for a camping trip in the countryside, because stainless steel is characterized by its robust and unbreakable properties. Not only does your favorite tea stay warm in a stainless steel pot for a long time, but the pot does not break so easily if it falls on the floor. Stainless steel jugs are also wonderful to use at home and, with their simple design, ensure a modern look in your kitchen.

Ceramic teapot: natural flavor enhancer
Next to cast iron teapots, ceramic teapots are also the ones with the longest history. Because ceramic teapots also have the special property that hot drinks stay warm longer in these pots due to the heat-storing property of the material. A ceramic teapot was made and painted and decorated by hand. As a result, no jug is like the other, but shines in its individual shape and colour. Matching a ceramic teapot are suitable for enjoying tea.