Tea Pots

Chinese Teapot
No bigger than a fist, this small pot serves about five people. This is the traditional drink, and is called lao-jen ch'a. It is believed that brewing tea in a smaller pot brings out the true flavor of the tea.
Traditional chinese pot and cups
Yixing Teaware is a porous pot made of purple clay from the Jiangsu province. Legend has it that if used for many years, one can obtain a cup of tea simply by poring water into an empty Yixing pot. Also check out this site for more info.

Japanese Teapot
Used in Chanoyu, the tea ceremony of japan. Its origins are in Zen Buddhism, which is, simply put, to purify the soul by becoming one with nature.

Iron Kettle




Water is boiled and ladled individually into a cup with green tea powder (macha), it is then whisked with a bamboo whisk, whisked again with more water, then served. Afterwards, there is a discussion of the utensils used, because there is usually a history behind each one. For more details, with images, another reference is here.

Russian Teapot (Samovar)
This has three parts, a fire at the base, water to dilute the brew, and the pot at the top of the brew. Russians sometimes drank this with a sugar cube in between their teeth because of the bitterness of the drink. Today the Samovar is still in use, but the sugar cube between the teeth is considered old fashioned.

The Classic English Teapot
This usually comes in a "set", with matching creamer, sugar bowl, and tea cups. Also, traditionally a "tea cosy" is used to keep the tea warm. Other variations include a silver tea set.

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