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10 Easy Pieces: Japanese Glass Tea Pots

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10 Easy Pieces: Japanese Glass Tea Pots

November 8, 2023

With an opaque or ceramic teapot, brewing beautiful tea blends feels like a missed opportunity. Not so with a clear glass teapot where blooming petals, and visually-appealing botanicals from rose, bergamot, camomile, anise hyssop, and more are in full view as the tea brews. Here, we’ve profiled our 10 favorite Japanese clear glass tea pots for your viewing—and drinking—pleasure.

the hirota glass tall teapot is made of hand blown glass with a removable cente 17
Above: The Hirota Glass Tall Teapot is made of hand-blown glass with a removable center piece for chilling tea with ice; $159 at November 19.
the simple kinto unitea one touch teapot features a small filter around the rin 18
Above: The simple Kinto Unitea One Touch Teapot features a small filter around the ring of the teapot for filtering out leaves as tea is poured; $30 at Revolve.
the hairo maru glass teapot features an interior mesh tea leaf filter; \$35 at  19
Above: The Hairo Maru Glass Teapot features an interior mesh tea leaf filter; $35 at Todd & Holland Tea Merchants.
another hario design, the tsutsugata japanese glass teapot has a removable stai 20
Above: Another Hario design, the Tsutsugata Japanese Glass Teapot has a removable stainless steel strainer (not pictured) and a stainless steel handle connected to the borosilicate glass; €64.90 at Yoshien.
the simplicity glass teapot has a coil strainer at the base of the spout allowi 21
Above: The Simplicity Glass Teapot has a coil strainer at the base of the spout allowing filtration while still viewing blooming tea leaves and the like; $315 at Nalata Nalata.
the wide hirota glass teapot with an interior strainer and gold finish metal to 22
Above: The wide Hirota Glass Teapot with an interior strainer and gold-finish metal top is $110 at Clothbase.
the japanese hammer pattern petal teapot features a ribbed glass body that can  23
Above: The Japanese Hammer Pattern Petal Teapot features a ribbed glass body that can be heated directly on the stove if desired; $59.90 at Moku Park.
designed by katushia hira and mizuho hira for studio prepa, the teapot with bam 24
Above: Designed by Katushia Hira and Mizuho Hira for Studio Prepa, the Teapot with Bamboo Handle features a bent bamboo handle that is removable for cleaning; $450 at Nalata Nalata.
the tealyra glass teapot filter is made with a tall, cylindrical stainless stee 25
Above: The Tealyra Glass Teapot Filter is made with a tall, cylindrical stainless steel mesh filter; $30 at Tenzo.
the iwaki heat resistant glass teapot features a spout with a stainless mesh fi 26
Above: The Iwaki Heat Resistant Glass Teapot features a spout with a stainless mesh filter for filtering out leaves as the tea is poured. Made from Iwaki Glass, a Japanese glass factory founded in 1883. The teapot is $28 at Global Kitchen Japan.

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Frequently asked questions

What are Japanese glass tea pots?

Japanese glass tea pots are tea pots made using glass materials in Japan. They are designed specifically for preparing and serving tea.

What makes Japanese glass tea pots special?

Japanese glass tea pots are known for their elegant and minimalist design, allowing tea enthusiasts to appreciate the color and clarity of the tea. They also often come with built-in infusers for loose leaf tea.

Are Japanese glass tea pots durable?

Japanese glass tea pots are usually made from high-quality, heat-resistant borosilicate glass, which makes them durable and able to withstand high temperatures.

How do you use a Japanese glass tea pot?

To use a Japanese glass tea pot, simply add loose tea leaves or tea bags into the infuser, pour hot water into the pot, and let the tea steep for the desired amount of time. Once ready, you can pour the tea directly from the pot into your cup or serving vessel.

Can Japanese glass tea pots be used for other beverages?

Yes, Japanese glass tea pots can also be used for brewing and serving other hot or cold beverages, such as herbal infusions, fruit teas, or even iced tea. The glass material does not retain flavors, allowing for versatile use.

Are Japanese glass tea pots dishwasher safe?

Most Japanese glass tea pots are dishwasher safe, but it's always recommended to check the manufacturer's instructions for specific care and cleaning guidelines.

Where can I purchase Japanese glass tea pots?

You can purchase Japanese glass tea pots online through various e-commerce websites, such as Remodelista's product recommendations or other tea and kitchenware specialty stores.

Are Japanese glass tea pots expensive?

The price of Japanese glass tea pots can vary depending on the brand, size, and design. While some may be more affordable, others with intricate craftsmanship or unique features may be more expensive.

Can I use Japanese glass tea pots on a stove?

Most Japanese glass tea pots are not designed for direct stovetop use. They are primarily intended for steeping and serving. It's recommended to boil water separately and then pour it into the glass tea pot.

Do Japanese glass tea pots come in different sizes?

Yes, Japanese glass tea pots come in various sizes to accommodate different serving needs. You can find smaller pots for personal use or larger pots for serving multiple guests.

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