How to make that perfect cup of hot tea or for that ice cold glass of sweet tea? It’s the perfect beverage to soothe away the day. Here are six reasons to choose ceramic and why it makes the best material for a tea pot: non toxic, gives clean taste, insulating, versatile, stylish, and easy to clean.
Tea has many benefits and the history of tea drinking heralds back from 100s to 1000s of years ago. No one is certain of the time or place tea drinking became a thing, but according to Chinese legend, it started with its discovery by Emperor Shen Nung, who lived 2737–2697 B.C.E (that’s 5000 years ago!).
The American iced tea tradition started with the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. So tea drinking has been around for a long time.
I enjoy making tea using loose leaf teas, but you may like using tea bags (check out my article on how long tea bags last). All forms are suitable for brewing tea in a ceramic tea pot. Even iced green tea.
It’s the best teapot for green tea. Green tea especially, being a delicate flavor, finds a place in a ceramic tea pot. Matcha tea also.
Why Ceramic Makes the Best material for teapot
Here are 6 main reasons to why ceramic makes the best tea brewing pot. Note: In refering to tea pots, ‘porcelain’ and ‘ceramic’ is used interchangeably.
Non toxic tea kettle
Ceramic is the best tea kettle material because it is a natural, it’s a healthy option. People have been using pure ceramic to prepare and store consumables for centuries without known side-effects.
It’s a good idea to choose natural and pure ceramic materials in your choice of beautiful tea pots. You want a tea pot designed to be consistent and safe, made free from BPA, lead, heavy metals, and other chemicals that can leach from pots with plastic parts and metals.
As far as the ceramic glaze on tea pots and any food containers for that matter sold in the US, the shiny glazed finish is by law required to be lead free.
Ceramic is non reactive. Boiling water and brewing tea in a ceramic tea pot avoids any metallic taste from metals that can leach into the water and spoil the taste when using metal teapots or kettles.
It’s the best teapot for keeping tea hot or cold.
Using a ceramic teapot means you’ll avoid revisiting the kitchen to heat up or chill your favorite tea.
Ceramic tea pots can retain temperature for long periods of time. This is due to the insulating properties of ceramic.
You can enjoy entertaining and topping up from the tea pot at the table. Many tea pots are designed elegantly for this purpose.
Quality ceramic makes them safe for the oven, microwave, and freezer. The SWEEJAR brand markets this versatility.
SWEEJAR Ceramic Teapot — Available at Amazon
The best part is the cleaning. Ceramic tea pots are easy to clean.
You can put them in the dishwasher. Though, I much prefer to rinse my teapots by hand, which is just as easy to do.
The look of a ceramic tea pot makes it appealing for the table. Much better to have a stylish ceramic tea pot when entertaining guests.
When full, some folks may find the ceramic types heavier than aluminum or stainless steel kettles (though not as heavy as cast iron) and might need to use two hands when handling a full kettle.
How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea
On how to use a ceramic teapot, for every cup, the correct amount of loose tea leaves is 1 teaspoon.
Then, it’s about temperature and time. This depends on the tea variety.
As a general rule, for all types, bring water to boil (212 ºF/100 ºC) for both loose leaf tea and for tea bags. Then allow the tea to brew. According to the School of Tea, the following are the best brewing temperatures and times:
- White Tea: 2-3 minutes at 158–176 ºF (70–80 ºC)
- Green Tea: 2-3 minutes at 158–176 ºF (70–80 ºC)
- Oolong Tea: 2-3 minutes at 195–203 ºF (90–95 ºC)
- Black Tea: 3-5 minutes at 203–212 ºF (95–100 ºC)
- Infusions: 3-5 minutes at 203–212 ºF (95–100 ºC)
You can buy smart kettles that have multiple settings so you can make the perfect tea, or coffee.
Milin Electric Kettle with 6 levels of temperature — Available at Amazon
Of course, the quality of the water does make a difference and a poorly washed teapot can affect the taste of your tea. According to the School of Tea, “water that contains high levels of minerals, especially calcium, or magnesium (hard water), water that is chlorinated, briny, or desalinated sea water, or has been boiled several times is not good enough for brewing tea”.
But then, at the heart of a perfect cup of tea is the invisible ingredient — the love and caring that goes into making and enjoying a comforting soothing experience.