Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 18th, '13, 09:39

I still feel unrefined at times and afraid to do a faux pas :mrgreen:
But I've learned so much here already and learn something new every day.

Apparently filling my pot half is not a faux pas, thanks for reassuring me Poohblah :D (Edit: sorry for confusion)

Since there are no Japanese masters watching, I'd have to answer but to myself for making a possible FP, but I want to do it properly in appreciation of the ancient art of making tea :wink:

Ok sorry back on topic... :wink:

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Running for Tea » Feb 18th, '13, 11:41

Poohblah wrote:I suspect that most people on these forums find that the more they brew, the more they tend towards the smallish pots.


That statement is certainly true for me. My first pot was ~9 oz. As I began brewing more and more, majority of the time I found I was only brewing 4 oz steeps. Now I'm only in the market for pots that are 4-5 oz. Speaking of which, I haven't bought a new kyusu in quite a long time... :idea: 8)

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby David R. » Feb 18th, '13, 14:15

My sweet spot is a 200-250ml kyusu using 100ml at most. I like the tea to reach just the base of the filter, for higher shapes at least, so that the leaves do not clog it too mich while pouring. Also this kind of kyusu is much easier to find...

I only try to use direct filters, I like to keep the pot hanging over my yunomi to get the last drops. That's why I hate ball-shaped filters, at least if they are not really well made, and only if I don't have a choice.

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Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby debunix » Feb 18th, '13, 15:53

4 oz is not teeny-tiny. 1 oz is teeny-tiny:

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And yes, it does make fine tea, though its really not so practical for regular use.

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 18th, '13, 22:10

Now that makes me go "awwww" :D I have a big weakness for teeny tiny miniature things.

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby tenuki » Feb 18th, '13, 23:02

I'm quite partial to this one:

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Maneki Neko » Feb 18th, '13, 23:29

Is that a Banko?

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Poohblah » Feb 19th, '13, 01:21

Looks like Tokoname to me, of course I could be wrong

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby tenuki » Feb 19th, '13, 02:13

Poohblah wrote:Looks like Tokoname to me, of course I could be wrong


Yup - Tokoname Tobikanna 160ml kyusu by Gyokko.

Of interest.

also the 2013 Tokoname catalog....

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby David R. » Feb 19th, '13, 07:43

To answer my own question, I think the shape I prefer is the the one from the Yakishime kyusu in the back here. Looks very big, but I love the round form with the tiny opening... It makes me think of a fugu fish (that is not why I like it ^^)

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby vacuithe » Feb 19th, '13, 08:46

waow. Nice pic !

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Alex » Feb 19th, '13, 08:53

debunix wrote:4 oz is not teeny-tiny. 1 oz is teeny-tiny:

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Tiny teapot by debunix, on Flickr

And yes, it does make fine tea, though its really not so practical for regular use.



You could probably swallow that whole and let it dispense tea as the day went on.

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Poohblah » Feb 19th, '13, 13:16

tenuki wrote:
Poohblah wrote:Looks like Tokoname to me, of course I could be wrong


Yup - Tokoname Tobikanna 160ml kyusu by Gyokko.
I stopped short of suggesting that this is the teapot you have. I have one of these models as well, but it looks just different enough from my own copy that I didn't mention it.

FWIW, my Gyokko features his signature (玉光) in a modern script and not the seal script listed on the page.

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby Alex » Feb 19th, '13, 13:50

David R. wrote:To answer my own question, I think the shape I prefer is the the one from the Yakishime kyusu in the back here. Looks very big, but I love the round form with the tiny opening... It makes me think of a fugu fish (that is not why I like it ^^)



Wow those have got to be in the 500ml range. Lovely shapes though.

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Re: Kyusu : what's your favorite shape ?

Postby paul haigh » Feb 19th, '13, 15:12

taking copious notes...

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