The Best Teapots for Loose Tea

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The Best Teapots for Loose Tea
Drinking tea is a long tradition with various incarnations throughout the world. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Making tea using loose tea leaves is a satisfying method that has lasted the centuries, but with so many people now choosing convenience over tradition, it's often hard to find teapots that are going to be good for making tea with loose leaves. There are however a number of solutions and teapots that make brewing loose tea very easy.

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An Integrated Tea Press

The simplest modern invention to help tea lovers is a teapot that comes with an integrated tea press. You simply add the leaves into the stainless steel strainer and then add boiling water. You then leave the tea to brew; once it's reached the desired strength, you depress the plunger which stops the tea brewing. You can then serve the tea straight from the teapot without having to worry about it over brewing or tea leaves finding their way into your drink.

Gaiwan

This is a type of Chinese teaware and is very good for brewing lighter teas, such as green tea and white tea. It consists of a saucer, bowl and lid. You put the tea straight into the pot and brew it with the lid on. You can then use the lid to strain the tea and decant it into another cup, or you can drink it straight from the bowl. It's a wonderfully traditional way to drink loose tea leaves.

Tea Infuser Teapot

The second method that can be used for brewing loose tea is to buy a small tea infuser. With drinking tea increasing in popularity there are a wide range of classic and fashionable tea infusers available, from basic sieves, to miniature teapots and even submarines. The way you use the infusers is the same: simply put the tea into the infuser, make sure it's sealed and place it into a teapot of boiling water. It's rather like using a recyclable tea bag.

Tea Infuser Mug

You can now get mugs and cups that come with a tea infuser and lid. This is the easiest way of being able to drink loose tea on the go, wherever you are. The mugs come with the infuser and a lid; simply put the leaves in the infuser, which sits in the top of the mug, and pour the hot water in, allowing it to strain through. You put the lid on to let it brew and then just take the infuser out when it's ready to drink.

Different Teapot Materials

Another thing to consider when buying a teapot is the material it is made from. Modern materials such as stainless steel and glass look very stylish, and are good when you're using blossoming teas, where the visual element is just as important as the taste. Ceramic and porcelain teapots are slightly heavier, but they hold the heat well and there is a larger range of choice with the designs of these teapots. They are a more traditional way of brewing tea and look fantastic on the table at a tea party. Finally there are clay teapots. With the clay teapots, the clay retains the flavour of the tea, so you would need one teapot per flavour you were brewing, but this means that over time the taste of your tea improves and your pot will gain a lustre to it.

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