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
78
19%
2-3
90
22%
4-5
38
9%
6-7
12
3%
8-10
8
2%
11-14
6
1%
15 or more
10
2%
I USE 1
56
14%
2-3
66
16%
4-5
22
5%
6-7
5
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
3
1%
15 or more
9
2%
 
Total votes: 406

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 8th, '14, 14:08

Pig Hog wrote:That new bizen kyusu that I bought...

The lid got caught on the towel as I was trying it and smashed. I can even describe how angry I am. £60 and a unique teapot straight down the drain. Not sure what to do now...

HORRORS ... but ...

... I have been brewing sencha lidless for months now. I just started to do it to observe the leaves brewing and the inner workings of various kyusu during the pouring.

I continue to do so ... must be a reason, right?

Not sure this helps ... and in my case the lid is always sitting there watching. If the lid was broken, perhaps I would feel differently.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Jun 8th, '14, 15:28

I brew a lot lidless as well. In fact most of the time.

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Postby Pig Hog » Jun 8th, '14, 15:45

Thanks chaps. My rage is slowly subsiding and I guess you're right -- at least it wasn't the actual pot.

I've attempted a fix using impact glue, though it broke into 5 or 6 pieces so...who knows if it'll work.

I guess I'll be using it lidless, if not, and perhaps I'll keep my eyes peeled for yet another new kyusu, just in case :D
There are two nice little hagi yaki kyusu on Artistic Nippon...

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Alex » Jun 9th, '14, 05:18

I know its a big expensive Pig Hog. But we've all been there. I've only ever lost one pot and it was to thermal shock. It was my first pot and I still remember that sickening crack as I poured the water in and my little world fell apart :D

Maybe though you can see something you'd like to change with the broken pot, like size or shape? and purchase a little differently :?:

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Postby Pig Hog » Jun 9th, '14, 07:44

This is the second time I've broken a lid, though. After that first time I've always been so careful, which was the worst part about it.

It looks like it's fixed up okay, though, albeit with some of the cracks still visible. I think that I'll still brew lidless, so as not to put pressure on it when I pour but at least I have a whole teapot!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 9th, '14, 08:13

... at least the lid can now sit and observe your tea time! :mrgreen:

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby kyarazen » Jun 10th, '14, 13:31

lin's ceramic purion

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 10th, '14, 13:49

kyarazen wrote:lin's ceramic purion

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Is this a kettle (that resembles a kyusu) or is it a teapot? Since you have it on a burner, I am guessing it is a kettle.

Technically ... and generally speaking, kyusu means "teapot". In the West, we take this and interpret as a side-handled teapot from Japan. But the definition can be stretched.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby kyarazen » Jun 10th, '14, 21:29

Chip wrote:Is this a kettle (that resembles a kyusu) or is it a teapot? Since you have it on a burner, I am guessing it is a kettle.

Technically ... and generally speaking, kyusu means "teapot". In the West, we take this and interpret as a side-handled teapot from Japan. But the definition can be stretched.


originally meant to be a teapot (recommended for brewing heavily oxidized/aged tea), but since purion is resistant to violent applications, the pot can be used to roast tea leaves, make tea, or to boil water without any damage over time. multifunctional!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 10th, '14, 22:28

kyarazen wrote:
Chip wrote:Is this a kettle (that resembles a kyusu) or is it a teapot? Since you have it on a burner, I am guessing it is a kettle.

Technically ... and generally speaking, kyusu means "teapot". In the West, we take this and interpret as a side-handled teapot from Japan. But the definition can be stretched.


originally meant to be a teapot (recommended for brewing heavily oxidized/aged tea), but since purion is resistant to violent applications, the pot can be used to roast tea leaves, make tea, or to boil water without any damage over time. multifunctional!

... alrighty then ... 8)

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Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Pig Hog » Jun 12th, '14, 17:42

Used my bizen kyusu tonight, lidless. Worked a charm!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Chip » Jun 12th, '14, 18:45

Pig Hog wrote:Used my bizen kyusu tonight, lidless. Worked a charm!

Awesome, was the lid present, observing?

I will be interested to know if lidless brewing becomes habitual for you.

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Postby Pig Hog » Jun 12th, '14, 19:16

It was, of course. I occasionally leave the lid off but I think it'll certainly become a habit with this kyusu, now.

Kind of depends on the pot, though, I think. I made some kuki houjicha, yesterday, in a larger kyusu but preferred to keep the lid on. I reckon that smaller pots are better for going lidless whereas big pots are better with it on!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Postby Have Some Tea » Jun 17th, '14, 11:11

My new one cup kyusu, perfect size.

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Ode to the Kyusu

Postby debunix » Jun 17th, '14, 19:26

Mogake, or glaze, on the lid and back side of the lovely pot?

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