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Yixing Teapot

The Yixing Teapot; Small vessel, dynamic brews

by Kevin Horan 7 min read

I sat, perplexed. It was pouring rain outside, and before me in the small, cozy teahouse was a tray, and on said tray was a tiny, little mahogany teapot. It looked like a decoration, like something you’d see on a shelf in an old relative’s house. The tea master lifted the small brown vessel and tipped it, pouring the deep, purplish-brown liquid into a glass pot, before dumping the liquid onto the spaced surface of the tray, pouring the liquid into the reservoir at the bottom ...
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Japanese Tea Ceremony Utensils and Equipment

Japanese Tea Ceremony Utensils and Equipment

by TopicTea Team 8 min read

A Japanese tea ceremony is one of the special occasions to showcase Japanese tea culture and what comes with it. The celebration is defined with specific tea types that are brewed using distinct methods stipulated in the Art of Tea and several other tea books.
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Japanase Cast iron teapot - Tetsubin

Everything About The Japanese Cast Iron Teapots (Tetsubin)

by TopicTea Team 12 min read

Cast iron teapot, or what the Japanese call Tetsubin, originated from Japan but now it has been widely accepted all around the world. Due to their extensive use in the west, they are no longer referred to as Tetsubin but as cast iron teapots. They look like kettles, though teapots are smaller with enamel on the inside. The coating on the interior of teapots is easy to clean and brews sweet tea.
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10 Traditional Tea Pets and Their Meanings

10 Traditional Tea Pets and Their Meanings

by TopicTea Team 5 min read

The other common name of tea pets is tea play. A tea pet is a ceramic figurine, mainly made of Zisha (Yixing purple clay). People nourish the pet by tea. In Chinese culture, the pet means auspicious, wealth, fortune, and people use it to beautify and decorate their tea tables. Lovers of Chinese tea believe that a meaningful and fun tea pet adds fun to their tea sessions and brings in fortune and luck. Pouring some tea on the tea pet nourishes it and washes away the hustles and bustles of the world. The process of raising tea pets is another method of self-cultivation.

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How to Value Antique Teapots? Antique Teapot Appraisal

How to Value Antique Teapots? Antique Teapot Appraisal

by TopicTea Team 3 min read

Have you been wondering how much your antique teapots would rake in if you were to resell them? Or are you merely looking to invest in some collectables but aren’t sure about their pricing? 

It’s vital to know how to value antique teapots as it may save you from getting conned. Better yet, it will enable you to charge a fair amount when reselling your antiques. As you may know, the antique market is full of fakes that get promoted as the real goods. 

This is why any beginner collector should know how to do the math. With that said, here are several factors that determine an antique teapot’s value: 

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Why do Teapots Whistle? Why Does a Boiling Kettle Make Noise?

Why do Teapots Whistle? Why Does a Boiling Kettle Make Noise?

by TopicTea Team 3 min read

We all have, or have encountered teapots, also known as tea kettle or whistling kettle sitting at a kitchen counter. If you do not use it to make tea, then you probably do use it to heat water in your kitchen to make coffee or hot chocolate. As the kettle boils the water, it makes a whistling sound especially when the water gets to a certain temperature. For years, scientists were not able to explain why a teapot whistles as the water boils, and it has always been a wonder to most people. 
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How to Date Antique Teapots? Step-by-Step Procedure

How to Date Antique Teapots? Step-by-Step Procedure

by TopicTea Team 7 min read

The first basic teapot design was first created by porters during the Yuan Dynasty. History indicates that it was probably derived from wine pots and ceramic kettles that were made of metals such as bronze. However, the basic design of the teapot has scarcely evolved in close to a half millennium. Even in this 21st century when tea preparation has shifted from using loose leaf tea to using teabags, the teapot has remained largely unchanged and ubiquitous. If you have an interest in collecting or assembling antique teapots, possibly, you are looking for information on how to know a date/period when various pots were made.

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What Are Moroccan Teapots Made of

What Are Moroccan Teapots Made of and How to Spot the Right One?

by TopicTea Team 5 min read

Moroccan people value tea, with mint tea being the most popular and preferred tea in the country. They have a special Moroccan tea set that comprises of a Moroccan teapot (also called Moroccan kettle), decorated tea glasses with Moroccan designs, and a Moroccan tea tray with deep engravings.
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Can You Use Cast Iron Teapot on Stove?

Can You Use Cast Iron Teapot on Stove?

by TopicTea Team 5 min read

When people buy cast iron teapot, one of the first questions they ask is;

Can you use cast iron teapot on Stove? The simple answer to this question is NO. Why?

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How to Clean a Silver Plate Teapot? Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Clean a Silver Plate Teapot? Step-by-Step Instructions

by TopicTea Team 4 min read

Silver plate teapots are typically made of copper, nickel, or brass, and topped/polished with a thin layer of silver alloy or pure silver through electrolysis. They not only add a touch of class to any table but are also durable.

However, these teapots can lose their luster through the accumulation of dirt and tarnishes from regular usage. Also, when not stored right, they can form a dingy film that is caused by traces of sulfur in the air reacting with silver polish to produce silver sulfide.

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