First, you must decide if you want a classic porcelain teapot or one fabricated in Bone China. The later is more resistant but also more expensive. Tea experts support the idea that classic porcelain enriches the taste that you feel after you took a sip from your cup. In contrast, Bone China porcelain is enriched with calcium and it gives a stronger taste to the tea itself.
You will find many teapots on the shelf with many designs but you don’t want an object for decoration. Traditionally there where only two types of teapots, short and wide or tall and slender. The teapot’s form permits the leafs to expand so that hot water enters into contact with the whole surface and permit it to circulate in between them.
Porcelain teapots are well known, they are resistant, elegant and retain heat very well.
Always pick a model with simple lines or curves without too many ornaments. Tea is very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and the best teapots permit a uniform distribution of heat. When the thickness of the wall varies, in some points, heat will be lost faster and in other harder. In the case of teapots with a more complex geometry, the heat of the water will spread unevenly and this will create zones with different temperatures. We don’t want that.
The capacity shows you how many cups you can prepare for one infusion. Where do tea masters find a porcelain teapot, at a good price, depends largely on the ritual that they practice. In oriental and Britain environments the drink is very concentrated and served in small cups of 35-70ml.
When deciding on how big you want your porcelain teapot to consider how many cups you drink yourself and how many friends you have if you serve them with tea on occasions.
A teapot of 200ml is sufficient for 4-6 portions of this kind. If you prefer the Slavic ritual, adapted for medicinal plant teas, a single portion haves anywhere between 150ml and 250ml. Pick the teapot based on the type of tea you intend to prepare while keeping in mind how many cups you intend to drink with how many friends.
Then decide if you want a modem with an infuser or without one. This accessory that usually looks like a metal net will permit you to easily remove the leaves after the infusion is done. Teapots that have infusers are easier to clean but the taste can greatly be affected because the leaves don’t have enough space to spread.
Classic models are preferred the most without any accessory as they are the only ones that permit the tea leaves to spread in the teapot making sure that the end result is one enriched with taste. If you still prefer one with an infuser try to find a teapot that has one as big as possible to permit the leaves as much space as you can.