Tead Off wrote:
Kevangogh wrote:Fukuamushi teapots are generally taller than wide and have special filter screens on them with a lot of surface area.
You must be talking about kyusu with metal screens. I tend not to buy such kyusu. In lieu of metal screens, which type of clay filter do you think works best with fuka?
No, IMHO they do not have to have stainless steel screens. Relatively larger clay ones work versus smaller clay ones. I recently purchased a kyusu with a large, very good ball screen ... very fast pour and 100% pour.
I find screen location is very important. It should be higher up in the pot. If it is lower, the leaves immediately rush to the screen. Higher up, many of the leaf particles cling to the side of the pot. This is why a taller kyusu is ideal for fukamushi ... but if the screen is at the bottom, this defeats the purpose.
There are also methods of pouring that help. Cocking the handle down a bit (sort of like a boat throttle) so the spout is not directly down will allow the pieces to cling to the side of the kyusu, then when most of the liquid is out, point the spout directly down to release the remaining liquid. Repeat a few times to extract the last dribbles.
Of course, a wide stainless screen is often the easiest to pour with fukamushi ... but I never feel I have to use one.