Ode to the Kyusu


Discussion on virtually any teaware related item.

How many Kyusu do you own? And bonus question, how many do you use? So, 2 answers are permitted.

1
73
21%
2-3
77
22%
4-5
33
10%
6-7
7
2%
8-10
7
2%
11-14
5
1%
15 or more
5
1%
I USE 1
53
15%
2-3
52
15%
4-5
20
6%
6-7
2
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
2
1%
15 or more
5
1%
 
Total votes : 344

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Nathaniel87 » Aug 12th, '11, 12:05

Yay for moving up in the poll. I just got my second kyusu after using my first Tokoname Kyusu for more than a year of almost daily use.

I ordered this small 150mL kyusu from Hojo because I loved the size and the fact that it was direct filter. The clay is very soft to the touch and it has a "wet" look that makes it seem like it hasn't been in the kiln yet. It almost looks unfinished in a way but that is part of what attracted me to this pot.

Anyway, enjoy the pics fellow pot-heads :D
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Aug 12th, '11, 12:49

... now you need a third, though this one may have busted your budget. :mrgreen:

I would be curious what teas you use this one for with its direct wall screen! I guess more I am wondering if you use it for fukamushi?
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Nathaniel87 » Aug 12th, '11, 21:47

Unfortunately, my order from Ippodo was delayed a week or two (and will be from every Japanese provider I order from) because Korea is requiring certification of tea on every order sent out because of the radiation scare.

So the only tea I have been able to use so far was a deep steamed kagoshima sencha that I bought at a department store in Hakata when I was there last week.

If I keep the ratio down to .6 g/ounce then it works beautifully and pours without any problems. However, when I brewed it at 1-1 it clogged up--perhaps not because of the direct filter itself but because the small size of the pot doesn't give the little floating fuka particles much place to go.

I have an order of Korean Sejak (which I am debating whether I should try in this pot or not) and the Ippodo order coming soon, so I am looking forward to testing it with something a bit more manageable.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Tead Off » Aug 12th, '11, 23:51

Nathaniel87 wrote:I have an order of Korean Sejak (which I am debating whether I should try in this pot or not) and the Ippodo order coming soon, so I am looking forward to testing it with something a bit more manageable.

Hopefully, you'll be trying that Sejak in a Korean style kyusu. (whisper)I heard there will be an offering of Hong Seong Il's Korean style kyusus posted in Teamerchandiser.

couldn't resist, Chip. :oops:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Nathaniel87 » Aug 12th, '11, 23:58

Funny you should mention it- I just saw those on his blog this morning. Curious what the sizes are though. Regardless, definitely see one in my future.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Aug 13th, '11, 01:28

Funny, just got some Sejak from a member. And I am definitely going to give it a go in one or the other Seong-il pots that are looking for the right tea(s). :mrgreen:

Generally his pots are on the small side. 120 ml or less.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Tead Off » Aug 13th, '11, 10:39

Nathaniel87 wrote:Funny you should mention it- I just saw those on his blog this morning. Curious what the sizes are though. Regardless, definitely see one in my future.

You can view the new work NOW! :D
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Aug 13th, '11, 10:44

Chip wrote:Generally his pots are on the small side. 120 ml or less.

... which makes them ideal for Korean greens ...
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Running for Tea » Aug 15th, '11, 22:50

I ordered my first kyusu from Den's tea today! It is the Teapot Yutori for $19. I read a lot around here that Den's had great starter pots (bombproof 8) ). I will post up some pictures when it arrives (hopefully this week :D )
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Aug 15th, '11, 23:39

Running for Tea wrote:I ordered my first kyusu from Den's tea today! It is the Teapot Yutori for $19. I read a lot around here that Den's had great starter pots (bombproof 8) ). I will post up some pictures when it arrives (hopefully this week :D )

Cool, this is a great first kyusu, especially for a student who may need the "bombproof" feature! :mrgreen: But this will be a very forgiving kyusu.

And when you upgrade, this can be your travel kyusu! (keep the box, great for traveling tea)
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby IPT » Aug 15th, '11, 23:47

From what I hear, I think cat-proof is a far more important feature than bomb-proof.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Running for Tea » Aug 16th, '11, 11:06

IPT wrote:From what I hear, I think cat-proof is a far more important feature than bomb-proof.

I don't have a cat, so I'm safe there... but I do have a college roommate. Does he count as a bomb? :lol:
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Running for Tea » Aug 16th, '11, 11:11

Chip wrote:And when you upgrade, this can be your travel kyusu! (keep the box, great for traveling tea)

I will definitely do this! Great advice Chip, thanks! :D
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby karmaplace » Aug 19th, '11, 11:27

Nathaniel87 wrote:Unfortunately, my order from Ippodo was delayed a week or two (and will be from every Japanese provider I order from) because Korea is requiring certification of tea on every order sent out because of the radiation scare.


I haven't had any delays on any of my tea orders from Japan. What shipping have you been using?
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Nathaniel87 » Aug 19th, '11, 12:14

So you haven't had any trouble ordering from Japan? The shipping itself isn't any slower...still comes on the second day or third day, but from purchase to shipment takes 10-12 days at Ippodo because they told me they are required to apply for some certification before they send out the order.

You haven't had this sort of trouble yet?
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