Blast From the Past: Tea-making favorites

Published at Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:00:55 +0000

I base an item’s usefulness on the amount of times it is mindlessly reached for and utilized.  While I think about things to recommend for our customers and what to stock on our shelves each year, I consider my daily routine of interacting with tea, the tea tastings also my intensely busy days in the teahouse, and I’ve ran.
What are your favorite tools?
I marvel in the fact that the easiest, most efficient, and most tasteful tea-making tools are still only available through specialty tea retailers (shop or online), eBay, Amazon, or other online retailers, even in spite of how it is now fairly easy to obtain loose-leaf teas, yet dubious in caliber, from big box retailers and grocery store chains.
Among the things that I adore about java is how easy it’s to make a beverage that’s at both soul satisfying, comforting, energizing, ritualistic, and exciting.  The important word here, obviously, is easy .  For making java, my tools stay easy to clean, mild, easy, and tasteful.  Reduction of feasible points of failure is critical.

  1. Zojirushi Water Heater: Ok, so it is not so mild, but it’s sleek, simple, and easy to clean.  I have had the exact same one (5L Micom) for more than seven decades, and it’s been a dream.  It’s worth the investment if you drink tea more than a few times daily.  It’s also great to have water in your fingertips, such as for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.
  2. Paper Tea Filters (Large): Yup, they could trickle and float if left in the cup a long time, and I have heard the objection that they inhibit the leaves from expanding fully to discharge taste.  However, I have tried them all, and also the big ones from Finum fit the bill for many different programs — tea to go, traveling, tea in a hurry running into the car, tea in Grandma’s old teapot that doesn’t possess a strainer, making large quantities of brewed tea, and tea for events / catering.  They do not float should you pull them out and despite growth of the leaves is not perfect, together with all the big filters it’s not bad, according to our testing and comparisons.  These filters are also great for blossoms garni and mulling spices too in the event that you or simmering chai don’t need to take some opportunity.
  3. Wide Mesh, MetalGlass or Glass Infusers / Strainers: It is possible to turn any mug, tumbler, or teapot into a tea-making device with these, as they are flexible, light, and easy to clean.  In fact, a low-cost, weatherproof metal strainer is the perfect travel companion (along with your leaves, naturally ), as long as you have access to decent, non-coffee tainted hot water in your hotel room or in a restaurant.
  4. Gaiwan: If you like good-quality oolongs, whites, and larger-leafed black and green teas, a fantastic gaiwan is a graceful, sensible option.  The majority will be re-steeped, therefore that I spare for if I have a couple hours to spend in 1 place together with my tea drinking the gaiwan.  I really like how the gaiwan delivers best aromas and tastes and you can’t beat it’s to clean!
  5. Chasen / Bamboo Whisk: If you are a normal matcha drinker, a decent chasen is everything you need.  Although lovely to behold and fun to use, an expensive teabowl (chawan) or a nice bamboo teaspoon (chashaku) are not essential, but it is nearly impossible to have a fantastic froth and a perfectly mixed bowl of matcha with no chasen.  You can use it to make matcha slurries to grow drinks and recipes.