180ml Tokoname Teapot
I am looking to buy a tokoname teapot, just wondering whether 180ml is an okay size. As it seems very small, however I was assured of it being sufficient for one person or even two.
I will be using it for myself and will get around 3 cups of sencha out of it.
Is 180ml sufficient for one person?
Any advantages/disadvantages of a small tokoname teapot?
Depends on your brewing style. If you’re into gongfu style brewing, it’s a perfect size. 150-180 ml. pots are exactly what I look for.
(my gaiwan is 90ml. – and i have a yixing that is 120ml.)
180ml. is o.k. for one, even 2.
i used to have a tokoname teapot, but sold it.
It’s personal i guess, i fond the pot a pain to handle, but maybe others have other experiences. the larger ones are easier in that aspect.
here is site that may help you further:
i am sure s.o. on teachat can help you as well.
Thanks for the reply.
When you say pain to handle what do you mean?
Like general maintenance?
It’s ok for 3 cups only if you use cups that hold 60 ml (which is the recommended water volume for high grade sencha in Japan, by the way).
The advantage of a small teapot is that it’s light and easy to store, plus it retains heat better that if you had the same volume of water in a larger teapot (more empty air inside).
Yes the sencha cups hold around 65ml. The teapot sounds like a good size then. I really like the design of the tokoname teapot which is why I ask..
The sencha cups are 65ml so that is okay. Would the teapot be okay even if I brew normal sencha and not gyokuro?
Yes, it’ll be okay unless you’re very picky about it. Some people prefer to have a teapot only for gyokuro, but I’m not one of them :)
For gyokuro you may use an even smaller teapot, and cups that hold 20ml. It’s not a must, but it looks nicer and it’s more traditional.