Maneki Neko wrote:
4 oz?!?! That is teeny tiny!
I'd love to try such a tiny pot, but I'm very satisfied with my 270ml/9.1oz Hiramaru Banko from Tachi, since I can fill it as little or as much as I want according to my needs
Or are you supposed to choose the size of the kyusu to match your needs? I'm still quite new to Japanese ways of tea, so I don't know if filling the pot only half is considered acceptable?
4oz is about 120mL which is really not all that small. It's a great size for sencha and gyo, especially higher quality sencha. For me, personally, 4 to 6 120mL steeps of sencha and I'm good to go for several hours in terms of both liquid volume consumed and caffeine intake. That's the volumetric equivalent of 2 to 3 cups of coffee.
I suspect that most people on these forums find that the more they brew, the more they tend towards the smallish pots.
Of you're right that you can half-fill larger pots. There's nothing wrong with that. I brewed 150mL steeps in a 350+mL pot for a long time. But in my opinion, it's a little bit better to have a pot that's only about 20% larger than the intended brewing volume. If you fill to the rim every time, the pot won't always pour smoothly, but if you fill too little, then the tea can cool too quickly, and you can also get leaves stuck on the pot walls above the water level where they won't get steeped.
I agree with you about how pretty those Banko pieces are.