Chah's range of accessories
Chah's range of teapots
These are the best way to brew Japanese tea, since the cast iron distributes the heat evenly inside the pot to better extract the flavours and health benefits of the tea. These Japanese teapots are hand-made in Japan out of solid cast iron with a fully enamelled inside and include a stainless steel basket for your tea leaves. Because iron is released into the water, the water is appreciated as a dietary source of iron and the Japanese believe that the flavour from the tea brewed in the pot is absorbed by the cast iron and helps to flavour tea made in the future.
Tetsubin teapots make an excellent gift for the tea connoisseur. Because they are hand-made from cast iron, they can be used and treasured for years. Why not treat someone special to a unique gift that will only get better and better as the years pass?
Tetsubin teapots are both ornamental and practical, so good care should be practiced to insure a long and beautiful lifetime. Following these guidelines will produce excellent tea and prolong the life of your new Tetsubin teapot. Over time, your Tetsubin teapot will develop a desirable mineral coating that is said to be good for one's health.
1. To brew a pot of tea, preheat your teapot by pouring boiling water in the pot and swirling it around. Discard this water.
2. Add your tea leaves to the pot; either into the mesh basket that came with your teapot or directly into the pot itself.
3. Pour the hot to boiling water over the leaves and allow to steep for the desired amount of time. Follow your tea supplier’s recommendations on your first infusion then adjust to your taste.
4. Remove the infuser basket containing the leaves as soon as your tea is through steeping or decant all of the brewed tea into another vessel if no strainer was used. Do not allow tea leaves to remain in the water or the tea leaves and the remaining brewed tea will be ruined. Depending on the tea, you might enjoy infusing the leaves multiple times.
5. When finished brewing in your Tetsubin teapot, simply wipe the teapot with a dry towel, both inside and out. Try to do this while the pot is still warm. PLEASE BE SURE YOUR TEAPOT IS DRY. Rust will form if the teapot is not completely dry, both inside and out.
6. We do NOT recommend using your Tetsubin teapot on the stove-top. Use your teapot to brew tea, not as a stove-top kettle. The enamel lining is fragile and could be damaged.
Never use soap to clean any Tetsubin teapot. Tea residue will build up over time but is not harmful in any way. Be sure to allow the teapot to completely dry after each use. Also, avoid contact with oil and salt.
Chah's range of practical and quirky infusers.