All You Need To Know About The Tetsubin Teapot

The tetsubin teapot is an important element in the tea ceremony and a valuable accessory symbolizing elegance and durability.

Tetsubin – an iron and carbon alloy, offers resistance and keeps the heat efficiently and so represent an inspired choice for tea lovers that wish to prepare their tea in the best conditions. We invite you to read the story of Tetsubin teapots, their benefits, and advice on how to best keep them.

A black tetsubin teapot near a clay cup filled with green tea.

A tetsubin teapot is an Oriental object and can blend well with any modernist designs.


The history of tetsubin teapots

Tetsubin teapots started to be used in Japan, most probably between the 17th and 18th century, after Sencha tea became popular. It was formed from whole leaves, compared to Matcha that was used in powder form.

In Japan’s society, Sencha became a ritual of enjoying tea with family members and friends, it needed the proper utensils. Because Chinese teapots and utensils were quite expensive, a need for an alternative arose and this is when Tetsubin teapots started to make their apparition.

It became a common piece of every kitchen, used for boiling water, making tea and even heating the house. In the 19’th century their design evolved from simple to elaborate, and so prices rose higher and higher depending on the complexity of the teapot.

Reasons for owning a Tetsubin teapot:

  • Iron keeps the water’s temperature even and the teas are better infused.
  • Kept well, the Tetsubin teapot has a very long life even for decades.
  • It’s very resistant.
  • Retains heat better than clay or ceramic teapots.
  • They are safe because they don’t contain toxic chemical elements.
  • Thanks to its aesthetic design it can also be used as a decoration element.
  • Contributes to the Iron absorption of the body (only those that are not enameled on the interior)
A blue floral decorated mug of tea sitting near a blue tetsubin teapot on a table.

If you drink tea more often and not just occasionally you might consider a tetsubin teapot due to it’s increased durability.


How to keep and clean a Tetsubin teapot

  • Wash the teapot only with hot water, no cleaning detergents or rough sponges. Rinse it well and use a clean cloth or towel to clean the interior of water.
  • Avoid using it in the microwave or washing it in the dishwashing machine.
  • Avoid the preparation of fruit tea in it. Use it only for normal tea, white, black, green, rooibos
  • Don’t let it sit for long periods of time filled with water or tea.
  • Avoid using hard metal or any type of hard utensil that could deteriorate the interior.

Tetsubin teapots that are not emailed can be used directly on low fire but you have to fill it with water first or there will be crack risks. When waters start to steam, close the heat and wait for about a minute for the teapot to completely heat.