Jon Singer on wed 15 dec 04
I'm afraid I'm on the other side of this fence. For
one thing, loose tea seems to be undergoing a bit of
a resurgence, at least in my area.
I love tea (to the point where I have two plants),
I drink a lot of tea, I almost always use loose tea,
and I don't want to have to hold a sieve when I pour,
so all the teapots I make have sieves except the
occasional one with a removable strainer cup to hold
I wax the holes before I glaze the pots, so they don't
(usually) get clogged. You aren't under any obligation
to make the holes tiny, btw. If you don't use broken-
leaf tea, even fairly large holes will stop most of the
leaf from escaping; and if you have enough of them, the
liquid will have no trouble getting out of the pot.
Frankly, if you're using teabags, why go through the
bother of messing with a teapot? Just put a bag in each
cup, and have done with it. No pretense, no extra fuss,
and each person will be able to brew their tea to the
strength they prefer. I'm enough of a tea fanatic that
I don't often use bags; but they certainly have their
place, and I'm not about to sneer at them.
PS: Hank Murrow did a terrific workshop in this area
last spring, and he showed us how Hamada did sieves
for his teapots. Hamada apparently told people to make
at least 60 holes in a sieve; whether that was so the
pot would still pour if some of the holes got glaze
in them, I don't know, but it's an amusing thought.
Hank Murrow on wed 15 dec 04
Thanks for the explication and the kind words. I use both kinds of pot
for tea, having eschewed coffee for a couple of months now.
How are your tests coming along?
On Dec 15, 2004, at 5:05 AM, Jon Singer wrote:
> I'm afraid I'm on the other side of this fence.
Kathi LeSueur on wed 15 dec 04
> I'm afraid I'm on the other side of this fence. For
> one thing, loose tea seems to be undergoing a bit of
> a resurgence, at least in my area.
> I love tea (to the point where I have two plants),
> I drink a lot of tea, I almost always use loose tea,
> and I don't want to have to hold a sieve when I pour,
> so all the teapots I make have sieves except the
> occasional one with a removable strainer cup to hold
> the leaf.>>>
Last night I was looking through an old copy of Fine Cooking and came
across an article on tea by one of the owners of Zingermans Deli (the
premier Deli in Ann Arbor and highly thought of around the country). Ari
uses loose tea in a wide body teapot (his was glass so he could watch
the tea). The glass teapot comes with a strainer but he doesn't use it.
He prefers to use a small strainer to catch any leaves when pouring. If
it's good enough for Zingermans it's good enough for me.