Choosing the Best Teapot
Choosing the Best Teapot
Finding a teapot for brewing tea just as satisfying as the cup of tea itself helps enhance your tea-drinking experience. Using the best teapot for the occasion ensures an enjoyable brew and no fuss steeping for years to come.
At one time, we had a significant teapot collection. As we have moved into a smaller home with minimal storage, we have simplified our collection to the pots we enjoy the most and are most useful to us.
The first step in choosing your perfect teapot is knowing how many cups of tea you want to brew and the type of tea you want to enjoy. If you are brewing one to two cups of tea in the morning, you might not need a large teapot. If you regularly drink 3-4 cups of tea in the morning, a larger pot and a tea cozy will help keep your tea hot while it brews.
Best Small Tea Cup
The FORLIFE Bell Ceramic Teapot with infuser is great for everyday use. It holds 16 oz of tea and has a stainless-steel infuser. The built-in infuser makes it a great option for brewing loose-leaf tea. The infuser basket fits neatly into the silicone rubber lid, making it easy to disassemble and clean. This teapot is my go-to for brewing afternoon tea at the office. It is dishwasher safe, and I love how easy it is to clean. The short spout provides a clean pour every time. They are available in a rainbow of bright colors. You can also pick a classic small white teapot or sleek modern grey.
Best Large Teapot
My husband and I drink three to four cups of tea daily. We are serious tea drinkers. We have used many different teapots over the years. We started with a vintage Desert Rose Franciscan wear teapot. I loved the little rose that sat on top of the lid and the handle that looked like the plant’s stem. The teapot wore its age, however. With constant use, the inside was stained brown from our many pots of tea. Eventually, the teapot was broken, and we began searching for a new one that would meet the demands of our constant use. We were gifted a Brown Betty Teapot for Christmas one year, and our search for the perfect teapot was over.
The Brown Betty teapot by Cauldron Ceramics in England is our go-to teapot for every day use. We use the 8 cup tea pot and estimate we have brewed around 3000 pots of with this workhorse teapot for serious tea drinkers.
The history of the Brown Betty Teapot is quite fascinating. They are manufactured in England by Cauldron Ceramics. The terracotta pot has its origins dating back to 1695. The unique red clay has heat-retaining properties that keep tea warmer for a more extended period of time. The brown color is from the Rockingham glaze, which is how the teapot got its name. We have found that even with constant use, the staining that was so noticeable on our previous pot is not evident on the Brown Betty because the pot is already brown. I especially enjoy the sturdy handle on this large teapot. An 8-cup teapot can be very heavy, but I can always grasp the pot with a firm grip, and best of all, this pot is completely dribble free. The Cauldron Ceramics website boasts that the Brown Betty teapot makes the best cup of tea in the world because of its round shape. It allows tealeaves to swirl in the pot allowing the flavor and aroma to develop into a more flavorful cup. It does not come with an infuser, but we have found using large loose-leaf bags a convenient option for our daily routine.
The durability and design of the Brown Betty teapot make it our top choice for daily use. The perfect poor and the added warmth make our morning tea times linger into an easy brunch tea. We have brewed nearly 3000 pots of tea in our Brown Betty teapot, making it our home’s most used tableware. It has outlived multiple teapots and tea kettles, and we will often take it with us when we travel so we can still brew the perfect cup while exploring Colorado.
Cast Iron Teapot
I love the look of a Japanese-style cast iron teapot, and we have received several as gifts over the years. Created in China, these durable pots are known for keeping water hot and for their beautiful designs. They generally have a large swinging handle that can be moved to the side to fill the pot with water. Typically, these pots were designed for boiling water, not necessarily for steeping the tea leaves. The tea leaves are placed in a brewing cup and poured into the drinking vessel on a tray to catch spilled tea. It is said that water boiled in a cast iron pot makes the tea sweeter and more fragrant. If you find a teapot coated with enamel inside, it is likely suitable for brewing tea and boiling water should you choose; however, it may not be the traditional use.
Japanese cast iron teapots were made for heating water over a fire and are known for retaining heat.
Since this pot’s primary function is to boil water, it could be used to boil water for any of your favorite teas. It would especially lend itself to Jasmine tea, white teas, green teas, and oolongs.
The Best Glass Teapot
Glass teapots are beautiful minimalist-style teapots that let you see the color of your tea and are very easy to clean. They often come with a tea basket, and I love watching the water move through the tea leaves, creating trails of flavorful water that pool from the basket to the bottom of the pot. The steeping process is highly interactive with a glass pot. The anticipation you feel as you watch the leaves open and hot water turn into tea results in a very satisfying process.
The glass pot is the perfect pot for brewing gorgeous flowering teas. Flowering teas are high-quality green tea leaves that are hand-crafted into small tea balls and tied together with string. As the tea steeps, the flower opens, and the drinker gets to experience watching the tea bloom into exquisite bouquets within their teapot before pouring their first cup. These teas are so much fun, and I highly recommend these teas for a special mother-daughter afternoon tea party or a fun fancy tea with kids. If you are going to try blooming teas, you simply must get a glass teapot.
The glass teapot we use is also helpful for brewing herbal teas. Because our brown betty is so saturated with tannins from black tea, I would never use it to brew a light herbal tea. I often use our glass teapot to brew chamomile tea with lemon and honey to help ease congestion from a cold or brew my favorite cinnamon tea for a special cozy winter afternoon.
The downside of a glass teapot is that the thin glass is fragile and can break easily. The glass usually gets very hot to the touch with the addition of boiling water; however, retaining heat is difficult. By the time the pot has cooled enough to the touch, and you have brewed your beautiful flowering tea, you can no longer enjoy a steaming hot cup. I enjoy our glass teapot, which has a plastic handle making it easier to handle but giving the pot a more modern look.