Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

May 6th, '17, 10:45
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Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

Hello tea lovers,

My partner and I are for the first time looking at purchasing teaware online, when in the past we've done all our shopping in physical stores. We are quite enamoured with the selection on yunnansourcing.com

One point of confusion is trying to figure out what size the pots are. They all have measurements in ML, but I don't know what this really means. Can anyone point us to a visual reference guide that matches volume to size? This would be very much appreciated.

Best wishes,
Siddhartha

May 6th, '17, 11:35
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

siddhartha wrote: Hello tea lovers,

My partner and I are for the first time looking at purchasing teaware online, when in the past we've done all our shopping in physical stores. We are quite enamoured with the selection on yunnansourcing.com

One point of confusion is trying to figure out what size the pots are. They all have measurements in ML, but I don't know what this really means. Can anyone point us to a visual reference guide that matches volume to size? This would be very much appreciated.

Best wishes,
Siddhartha
ML for milliliters, I guess...

May 6th, '17, 13:11
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

Just in case ... you can take some fresh fruits, e.g. at home or in a supermarket, weigh them and their weight in grams would roughly equal (~+-10%) their volume [ml = cm³].

May 7th, '17, 01:15
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

Welcome to the forum! I'm not entirely sure what you mean about volume VS size. When buying teaware (especially teapots) volume is probably the most important factor to consider.

If it's just a conversion you need, then 1 oz = 30 ml. So, a 120ml pot = 4 oz, 150ml = 5oz, etc.

If you care about how tall or wide a pot is, the following are some approximations:

40-50ml = golf ball
70-80ml = plum
100ml = tangerine
120ml = small orange
150ml = tennis ball
180-200ml = baseball
300ml = grapefruit

Hope that helps???

If you will be brewing Chinese gongfu style, stay on the small side, as filling a pot with good quality tea can get expensive. For two people, 60-100ml is generally a good range for gongfu. If brewing Japanese sencha, maybe closer to 200-280ml for two people. If brewing western style where you're drinking mugs of tea, then 350-500ml for two people might be good.

May 7th, '17, 11:13
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

siddhartha wrote: Hello tea lovers,

My partner and I are for the first time looking at purchasing teaware online, when in the past we've done all our shopping in physical stores. We are quite enamoured with the selection on yunnansourcing.com

One point of confusion is trying to figure out what size the pots are. They all have measurements in ML, but I don't know what this really means. Can anyone point us to a visual reference guide that matches volume to size? This would be very much appreciated.

Best wishes,
Siddhartha
If you have a teapot you use and have bought at a physical store, you can weight it empty and then weight it full of water to know how many ml it holds (1ml=1gr). Then, you can relate the size in ml to the size of your pot.

Yunnansourcing is a popular place for beginners, but there are many options: look around! For yixing pots the ebay seller lukevcent is a good starting point for the pots under \$100, and above that Essence of Tea is a quite good western source.

May 7th, '17, 16:18
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

tingjunkie wrote: Welcome to the forum! I'm not entirely sure what you mean about volume VS size. When buying teaware (especially teapots) volume is probably the most important factor to consider.

If it's just a conversion you need, then 1 oz = 30 ml. So, a 120ml pot = 4 oz, 150ml = 5oz, etc.

If you care about how tall or wide a pot is, the following are some approximations:

40-50ml = golf ball
70-80ml = plum
100ml = tangerine
120ml = small orange
150ml = tennis ball
180-200ml = baseball
300ml = grapefruit

Hope that helps???

If you will be brewing Chinese gongfu style, stay on the small side, as filling a pot with good quality tea can get expensive. For two people, 60-100ml is generally a good range for gongfu. If brewing Japanese sencha, maybe closer to 200-280ml for two people. If brewing western style where you're drinking mugs of tea, then 350-500ml for two people might be good.
Thank you, that's very helpful.

May 8th, '17, 08:03
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

I have never seen a golf ball or a baseball before, so that guide was helpful for me to know their sizes

May 8th, '17, 08:07
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Psyck wrote: I have never seen a golf ball or a baseball before, so that guide was helpful for me to know their sizes
Wow! You're more familiar with teapot sizes than golf balls and baseballs! I guess baseballs are a pretty rare sight in India though. I've certainly never seen one there! Lots of very hard cricket balls though!
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May 8th, '17, 15:22
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Re: Tea Pot Size Visual Reference

If the compacity is listed that I don't see why you need a visual reference for size. Buy a ml measuring cup and measure out listed size with water and see if that's too much. If you already have cups than you can pour into those to see how many you get each infusion. The only time having a visual reference matters is when your unsure of size looking at it or online seller only list dimensions.