Cast iron teapots were first created in ancient China and then adopted and further developed by the Japanese. Tetsu means "iron" and "bin" translates to pot. These practical and decorative teapots symbolize the everlasting strength and unity of the world.
Lead-free enamel, Cast Iron
This particular Tetsubin was made in China to strict Japanese tea master specifications. Impurities are removed from the cast iron through special chemical treatments during the production process, and a coating of misty black enamel is then applied to help prevent the development of rust. As the tea steeps in these pots, trace amounts of iron are absorbed into the tea which provides an iron supplement with is considered healthy.
Steaming Method: Put a tablespoon of Sencha or Gyokuro in the basket and set aside. Pour _ inch of boiling water into the tetsubin. Put the basket back into the pot with the lid on and let the tea steam for two min. During this time the boiling water in the kettle has cooled and is now at the right temperature to pour over the tea. Let the tea steep with this cooler water for two minutes and then remove the basket of tea leaves. Enjoy your pot of tea. Without the basket: Place a tablespoon of tea directly into the tetsubin. Fill the teapot with the appropriate temperature of water (depending on the tea used). Use the infuser basket as a strainer as you pour into each cup.
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