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    I gave up coffee a couple weeks ago. I woke up one morning extremely late which felt like a heroine addiction. I've probably had a cup of coffee first thing in the morning without fail for 25 years. I stopped cold and it was awful for a few days. The best thing you can do is try to sleep it off for you just have to plough through it.

    I'm not ruling out that I will return to coffee. We're going to Rome for Thanksgiving so that will be near impossible but I was even thinking of getting a Mr. Coffee drip to drink more diluted hot stuff or trying decaf, but anyway I'm writing for 1 person teapot recommendations. I'm not a tea person at all but just made a cup with loose tea with a Bodum cup for 7 euros that has an infuser insert. It's solid but I'd like a teapot for 1 so I can go through the ritual of making a hot drink.

    I want something inspired along the lines of Le Creuset but a simple teapot for 1 or 1.5. Thanks for any recommendations.

    Fwiw I spent 10 weeks in Mauritania in the Peace Corps and was inspired by tea there. The country's 3 part progressively sweeter mint tea ritual is next level as it is across western Africa. Most use a .99 cent teapot in primary colors like below which is the perfect size. Just thought I'd throw this out as I'd love anything that connotes Mauritania.

     

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    If you like le creuset , just get the le creuset tea pot.
    Otherwise, a muji tea pot will work.
    [Muji] Japanese Tea Pot for Green Tea 55ml White from Japan: Amazon.co.uk: Office Products

    Otherwise
    Fortnum's Classic Glass Teapot (2 Cup) - Fortnum & Mason
    Piccadilly Teapot White - Fortnum & Mason

    Life is too short to drink bad tea and most people drink bad tea. I prefer regular tea (black), and my wife who is Japanese prefers the green which we get shipped direct from her favorite places in Japan.

    If the bodium cup is double walled, it's a good way to go.
     

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    My sister-in-law is Japanese I forgot they know their tea.

    I bought the Bodum Yo-Yo set which is the Bistro mug plus tea strainer. It was only €7 (I wanted something today) and the cup is double-walled though it doesn't keep the beverage hot for long but that's fine.

    Noob question: if I buy a teapot like the Muji you linked to, how do you put loose leaves into the pot? What's the separate piece?

    Also how do you measure loose tea leaves? I just guessed and put 1 tablespoon (black tea) for the 12 oz. mug I just made and I think it was perfect. I let it steep till the water was golden brown but went by feel probably 3ish minutes.
     

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    You may want to look at the Japanese Tetsubin style of teapot. They can be very beautiful or rather plain and can be very expensive or moderately priced. Mine sits on the stove 24/7 and just seems a part of the kitchen decor.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moke View Post
    You may want to look at the Japanese Tetsubin style of teapot. They can be very beautiful or rather plain and can be very expensive or moderately priced. Mine sits on the stove 24/7 and just seems a part of the kitchen decor.
    I see these knockoffs everywhere. Cool. I didn't know their origin story but love that they were a middle finger to fancy teapots.

    Tetsubin - Wikipedia

    Do you know any original manufacturers i.e. not copycats?

    Just curious, thanks for the rec.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    My sister-in-law is Japanese I forgot they know their tea.

    I bought the Bodum Yo-Yo set which is the Bistro mug plus tea strainer. It was only €7 (I wanted something today) and the cup is double-walled though it doesn't keep the beverage hot for long but that's fine.

    Noob question: if I buy a teapot like the Muji you linked to, how do you put loose leaves into the pot? What's the separate piece?

    Also how do you measure loose tea leaves? I just guessed and put 1 tablespoon (black tea) for the 12 oz. mug I just made and I think it was perfect. I let it steep till the water was golden brown but went by feel probably 3ish minutes.
    Buy yourself a tea caddy spoon and long handle tea strainer. You can always have a pot of plain hot water to dilute the tea if it is too strong.


    Mariage Freres has a great selection of cast iron pots both enamel and plain.
    Cast Iron Teapot

    << KANBIN >> Teapot
    some are made in japan
     

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    Go to a local potter and see what they are throwing. If they don't have what you want, see if they will make it for you or give a referral. Having a pot thrown by someone you have met really boosts the making of your tea each time you do.
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    HOLLISCX, that is way beyond my wheelhouse of limited information. Mine is probably 40ish years old and is just simple iron. I don't make the tea in it just heat water for my french press coffee or tea in a cup. If it is anything Japanese you could probably a lifetime of study to the cultural oddities and cultural significance and still not Jack Squat about them. To me it is a really well made teapot that looks sort of cool and holds just the right amount of liquid for my needs.
     

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    If you want to go all hoity-toity... Revol Pekoe teapot
     

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    1.) take a regular teapot
    2.) put less water in it
     

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    We got one of these after seeing them on our vacation to England a few years ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007VRCA8/
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    Go here:

    Red Blossom Tea Company

    Fantastic place.

    These pots are spectacular:

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    According to what my beloved scouser Nana taught me, brown betty only if you're drinking english tea. brown-betty-teapot-2-cup And then yorkshire tea is a proper brew
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    We got one of these after seeing them on our vacation to England a few years ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007VRCA8/
    I have two of these in an older style with a removable lid, but the same company. They've been great, and I use them several times a week.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    I see these knockoffs everywhere. Cool. I didn't know their origin story but love that they were a middle finger to fancy teapots.

    Tetsubin - Wikipedia

    Do you know any original manufacturers i.e. not copycats?

    Just curious, thanks for the rec.
    Oigen | Japanese Teapot & Kettle | Japan House London

    Oigen Foundry in Japan
    |--OIGEN

    We have on of these which is about 25 yrs old. The designs never change





    The large one is only iron with no enamel coating so suitable for heating water.
    The smaller ones come with enamel coating inside and a stainless steel strainer that fits inside and can be used for making tea.

    If you buy one, you want a matching trivet for underneath.

    My wife prefers to use a clay kyusu instead of the iron pot because she says its too heavy. She says the same thing about Le Creuset too.

    If you are ever in London, I recommend stopping by Japan House on Kensington High Street. They have a lot of really artisan stuff from Japan. Prices are high, but it is all first rate. They even have Gyokusendo who hand hammers copperware I first saw at a exhibition in Tokyo at Mitsukoshi about 20 years ago.
    Kettles – Tsuiki Copperware – Gyokusendo

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Fox View Post
    1.) take a regular teapot
    2.) put less water in it
    By that logic we should all ride tandems and save the stoker seat for a rainy day
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    By that logic we should all ride tandems and save the stoker seat for a rainy day
    No actually, putting less boiling water in a regular sized teapot is something I do every evening. I ask my wife if she wants tea, and if she does, I put more water in the pot and a pinch more tea.

    Your example would be more like carrying a full-sized teapot around while traveling and expecting to only make enough tea for one.

    What you use depends mostly on how you make your tea - whether you boil the water in the vessel into which you add the tea or if you make the boiling water in something else then pour it into a second vessel to make the tea or if you boil the water in a kettle, then add it to a tea pot, then pour the brewed teas into a tea cup.

    This is the easiest tea pot for one.



    If you boil water in something, then pour into a kettle and add tea leaves loose, then some people like to strain the tea leaves out when they pour into a cup.



    Some people like a nice spoon for measuring out just the right amount of tea.



    A friend won't use anything other than a wooden spoon he got in Turkey.



    Of course if you get into making matcha and the meditation that goes along with it, things can get more interesting.



    A lot more interesting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    We got one of these after seeing them on our vacation to England a few years ago.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007VRCA8/
    I use it multiple times every day. Tea leaves+hot water/strainer = Tea to drink.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post

    Oigen Foundry in Japan...
    Boy this one is great! Is it just for water? I think that's what I'd want.

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    it is small. .25l , perfect for one cup. enameled inside. and has a strainer for loose leaf
    the lid is sakura leaves and the little nob is an acorn, and the body of the pot is suppose to represent cherry tree bark.
     

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