Thursday, August 18, 2011

How to Get Started with Tea – Tools of the Trade

Once you are drinking loose leaf tea on a regular basis you will probably want to set yourself up with the proper tools. It is super easy to go overboard (and broke) with the variety of teaware that is readily available on the internet. It took a while for me to learn this but less really is more. When I first started I went through phases of mass accumulation but eventually I realized that I always wound up using the same tried and true pieces.

There are a few simple essentials that everyone needs:
  • tea kettle
  • porcelain or ceramic teapot
  • mesh infuser basket
  • thermometer
  • a favorite teacup (even if it is your trusty coffee mug!)
As you get more serious about tea, you might want to add a few things that are tailored to your favorite types. If you enjoy oolong, you’ll eventually want to get an yixing pot. For green or white tea you’ll want an gaiwan. Once you're really serious I definitely think it is worth investing in a tea maker, especially if you are as busy as I am. In the past I had a Zarafina Tea Maker. It worked very well and certainly served the purpose. I've since given it away because I was lucky enough to win a Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. I have to say that it is absolutely amazing. Whichever way you choose, just make sure that it works for you.

Click here to read part four of this guide, Buying Your Tea

2 comments:

  1. I think with anything new people tend to buy everything associated with it, tea ware, for example. I have done this but still have a favorite set I use repeatedly.

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  2. Thanks for your comment! I did the same thing. I have shelves full of hagi and yixing that I rarely use anymore.

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