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September 23, 2021
While there are so many shapes and styles of tea pots and tea cups available, it can be difficult to find the best tea set that makes exquisite taste green tea.
Read on to learn about Japanese styled tea sets, and discover the very special tea set for your own!
Just like making delicious match tea requires a perfect matcha bowl and a bamboo brush, for making delicious green tea, having an authentic tea pot is essential.
However, it is so hard to choose out of so many shapes and styles.
If you are struggling to find your favorite, we recommend that you should go with Yokode Kyusu tea pot.
Yokode in Japanese means “hands on the side” while the handle is placed on the side of the pot.
While the design is traditional, Yokode pot is practical as well.
The handle on the side allows the thumb to be placed on top of the lid, preventing the lid from falling off while you are pouring.
There are other basic Japanese tea pot shapes.
Ushirode Kyusu (Back-handled Teapot)
The handle on an Ushirode Kyusu is placed on the back of the teapot. The shape of this teapot was adapted from the Chinese teapot. Though this teapot can be used for any tea, it is generally known to be used for Chinese or English tea varieties.
The handle is at the top of the teapot. The material used for the handle is usually a different material, for example, bamboo.
Once you picked your favorite tea pot, it’s time to choose the tea cup that matches your tea pot.
Unlike tea pots, there are only 2 major types for tea cups and only the personal preferences that matters. In case you have not decided yet, we are here to give you our recommendations first.
Our Recommendation: Yunomi cups
Sencha cups are similar to teacups but are wider mouths. Some are decorated with gorgeous designs, also featured glazes in beautiful shades. These Sencha cups are primally reserved for guests.
Now you have yourself a beautiful tea set! You are officially ready for having delicious green tea!
But you need to learn how to brew green tea first. (In case you didn’t know.)
Brewing green tea in the right way make your green tea much more delicious.
You may have tried green tea at least once, decided you don’t like it. Too grassy, too bitter or just not good. Well, maybe you just need the better brewing method!
The perfect cup of green tea is flavorful, not too bitter, and one that has exquisite taste.Brewing green tea doesn’t have to be complicated, but there are some steps to follow if you want to fully appreciate authentic Japanese tea.
However, there is no one standard for how to brew green tea since all green tea are many variables. Due to leaf size and shape, harvesting season, etc. So think of this as a guide, and then follow your own palate.
#1 Use 2 grams of tea leaves per 6 ounces of water.
We suggest measuring by volumes not by weight, since tea leaves come in different shapes and sizes.
Start with 1 teaspoon is what we recommend.
The water plays a huge part. Whether it’s tap, filtered, or spring water, it should taste good. Avoid distilled water, which can taste flat. We recommend that you should start with fresh, cold water that has not been boiled.
#2 Let the water come just short of boiling.
Temperature of water is key for making perfect green tea.
The ideal temperature can range from 160°F to 180°F, which you can measure using a thermometer, or simply eyeball it.
#3 Steep the tea from 1 to 3 minutes.
If you’re enthusiastic to make delicious green tea, you may wish to taste the tea at the one-minute mark and then every 30 seconds.
Finally, we would like to introduce you our favorite tea sets!
This darker brown tea set gives the authentic and deep flavor to your green tea.
The metallic black tea pot and the cup are perfectly in sync! This set will add exquisite tastes to your green tea.
The glazing blue and white combination with sakura cherry blossom patterns will add smooth tastes.
If you prefer Earth tone authentic Japanese colors and tones, we recommend #1 and #2.
#3 for those who prefer brightly and glazing designs, and sakura cherry blossom patterns.
When visiting Japan, you can explore more variety of tea sets and learn more about the wonder of green tea. Until then, we hope you will enjoy delicious green tea from home with the best tea set and the tips to brew tea!