It is well known to tea enthusiasts that choosing the right tea-ware is as much important, if not more, as choosing the right tea leaves. Rituals to perfectly blend tea and water have been continuing since ages, which has now become a tradition depending on which country the ritual originated in. Here are a few traditional tea-wares from around the world:
When the British got porcelain tea-wares from China, they were intrigued by the fineness of the product and how delicate it was. Trying to replicate the material, in 1748, a potter in England tried adding burnt ashes of animal bones to the paste consisting of ground glass, clay, soapstone, and quartz. Since then, it has been known as Bone China, made with animal bone ashes!
Nowadays everyone who loves a traditional piece of tea-ware decorating their shelves has at least one tea-ware made of Bone China.
The Traditional Tea-ware from Russia
It is a traditional tea-ware, which is rather large in size, as compared to other tea-wares. It is used to warm and boil tea water. There have been many developments in the way a traditional samovar looks. Today a typical samovar would appear like a trophy but with a snout or a tap to pour the tea water out. Even though traditional samovars are more popular because of their intricate artwork and designs, other varieties such as electric ones and those burning on oil are also commonly used. Traditional samovars are usually used outside homes because they require heating by coal, which covers a bigger area.
Originating in Russia, samovars have taken a tour across Asia, and have been remodelled depending on the region. Today, they are kept as prized possessions in many households.
A Traditional Tea-ware from Argentina to drink Yerba Mate
Bombila comes from Argentinian history. It is a long steel straw with a filter attached at the bottom of it. The bombila is used with a gourd, which is made of natural product. Earlier yerba mate (a tea found in Argentinian rainforest) enthusiasts used grass as straws, but with modernization different varieties of bombilas have come up: some even having multiple layers of filters!
The most popular Tea-Ware in India to serve chai
When talking about tradition and tea, no one can miss out the contributions of Indian history. Kulhar, a small pot made out of clay, is still used widely across many regions of the country. These little clay pots are much better than glass or paper cups as they are completely natural and hence biodegradable. Having Chai in a kulhad is believed to enhance the aroma of the tea.
The Japanese Traditional Tea-Ware
A traditional Japanese teapot which is used to brew green tea. Kyusu is used in a popular tea making ceremony, called sencha-do. While matcha tea ceremony is something you may have heard of before, sencha-do is a lesser-known tea making ceremony, even though the common people of Japan perform this ceremony every day! It comprises of a total of 15 items, including the kyūsu. However, the minimum basic requirements to make good Japanese tea are a kettle, teapot, and cups!