Tea Talk: Tetsubin

20th Jun 2017

A Brief history of Tetsubin 鉄瓶

Tetsubin style teapots, handcrafted with cast iron, have a spout for pouring, balanced with a handle and lid. The Tetsubin style originated in 17th century Japan as the craft and skill of casting iron was developing. At first, Tetsubin pots were hung over a hearth to heat water and create steam. By the 19th century, Tetsubin pots had become a status symbol to serve tea and herbal infusions.

The Benefits of Using Cast Iron Tetsubin

Cast iron, as a kitchen medium, heats evenly, retains heat well, and contains significant traces of iron, an essential mineral for maintaining good health. Unlike ceramic or glass teapots, Tetsubin are completely durable, resistant to cracks and scratches, and will maintain their attractive appearance.

How to Use Tetsubin Tea Pots

For best results, do not place your Tetsubin pot directly on the stove. Instead, boil plenty of water in a tea kettle. To preheat the Tetsubin, fill with nearly boiling water, let sit, and then rinse. Measure your tea 1 teaspoon to 8 oz of water, and spoon directly into the pot. Pour water into the pot over the leaves and let steep to desired strength.

Care and Maintenance

After using, rinse the teapot (and cast iron teacups) with cool water and wipe dry before storage. Do not use soap or dish detergents. For best results, choose one type of tea and stick with it for the life of the Tetsubin. We recommend a lightly oxidized oolong or green, but any tea that you choose will only be enhanced when it is served with a Tetsubin Teapot.