Remember to clean and dry your teapot after each use.
A teapot and a tea kettle are different. The term teapot refers to the container in which tea is brewed and a tea kettle is the pot used to heat or boil the water. This section of our website is primarily for tea pots, the pot you brew tea in. Tea kettles, the pot you boil your water in, is primarily discussed in Tea Kettles. A tea kettle will ensure that no outside flavors will contaminate your water during heating because only water is heated. A teapot or carafe is needed to brew a pot of tea unless you will only steep tea in a cup. Teapots are available in a large variety of designs and styles and also made of different materials.
As discussed in How to Brew Tea and Proper Storage of Tea we have stated that the best tea pot is made of glass or ceramic. If you prefer a ceramic teapot and like to drink both green teas and black teas or herbal teas and black teas we recommend that you have separate ceramic pots for each variety. This will prevent transfer of flavors. The tannin in black teas will stain ceramic and are hard to remove. It is far easier to use and clean a glass teapot. Clean your teapot and infuser after each use to maintain purity of brew. To optimize the quality of your tea and make the most of your teapot, review our section on how to brew tea and also Tea Storage.
When selecting your teapot make sure it has a cover. The teapot must be covered while the tea is steeping. Keeping these few points in mind allow your teapot to reflect your own style. A glass teapot will allow you to watch the tea unfurl while ceramic teapots with an endless selection of patterns can match your kitchen decor or your own interests. Infusers and teaball are available for use in a pot or pitcher you already have but most of the tea pots below come with an infuser. Be sure to visit our newest page on Collectible Teapots.
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