James R said

Yixing Cups

I won an ebay auction for this one Yixing pot I really liked, it came with a tray too, but it has 6 yixing cups too. This is my first experience with yixing cups, I’m wondering do they need to be seasoned like the pot? Also should I only stick with one type of tea with the cups as I will do with the pot? I’m dedicating the pot to shu pu’erh. Also, the tea tray is made of yixing clay, I’m really excited to get this thing!

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Azzrian said

Wow James! Thats awesome can you share a link? I would say yes to seasoning the cups the same way you would your pot!

James R said

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James R said
TeaVivre said

It is a Chinese word, it means tea in english.

James R said

Thanks!

Pekoe said

cha = tea

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How cool! Congrats!!

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Awesome set, very nice!

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That’s frickin’ adorable!

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Tyler D said

I won the exact same set a few days before you did. How is yours coming along. My teapot is getting very “dirty”.

James R said

Ohhhh so you’re the one I was in the Ebay bidding war with!!! :P I haven’t seasoned mine yet, I’m waiting on an order from Teavivre with a bunch of pu’erh and I’ll season it with that. How do you like it so far?

Tyler D said

Haha yeah, we were competitors that day! Even though I won the battle, judging how much more I paid for mine than you did for yours, I think you won the war haha.

I finally got around to cleaning the set on Saturday. I boiled the pot and cups for about an hour, reboiled the pot and cups w some cheap gunpowder green tea I had for about 20 mins, then I boiled them again for about 20 mins in plain water again. I began using the pot Saturday evening. It has changed so much since then. Compared to the cups (which I haven’t used yet) it is soooo much darker. It is developing a black “grainy” look to it. The weird part is that it is only developing this on the exterior of the pot. I have two other “yixing” pots that I have previously bought on eBay, and they haven’t changed a bit in appearance. I am now questioning the legitimacy of my pots.

Oh no. That is not good.

Tyler D said

I do think that this set James R and I are discussing is legit.

I am mainly questioning the other two I have.

But, really, what do I know?

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Rellybob said

Wow I love that set!

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Tyler D said

To illustrate what I mean….

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James R said

Wow…I’m excited to see what will happen to mine. It’s on the stove right now seasoning. My other ones haven’t really changed color, one I devote only to green oolongs, so the liquor is always very clear, the other one is a dark clay one that I use for mostly Yunnan blacks but I don’t really know if the color has changed because it was so dark to begin with.

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