Oct 26th 17 2:41 pm
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How to prevent clogging after 1st infusion?

by rostost » Oct 26th 17 2:41 pm

So this is driving me crazy :? :

After the 1st infusion of Sencha, all following infusions in my Kyusu cause the tea leaves to clog the spout. The water only slowly dribbles out and a lot of water is left inside, causing the leaves to soak up even more. I've tried shaking the Kyusu before and while I pour out the tea, but not to much effect.

It's interesting that I almost never have this issue at the 1st infusion. Also, when I go to a Japanese tea house in my town, even the 3rd and 4th infusion don't tend to clog up their teaware. So I guess it's because of the mesh type of my Kyusu? When I look at the ones in my tea house, I can't really tell the difference: they are also using these fine metal meshes, but something must be different?

I thought about buying a Kyusu with either a very coarse grained mesh, probably not even of metal. I've also seen that there are Kyusus that have a metal mesh all around the inner body, probably they don't clog that easily?

Here is an image of my Kyusu (with a centimeter measure for comparison).
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Is clogging for these types of meshes a known issue? Is it the type of tea leaves? Am I doing it wrong?

I've also attached a picture of the tea that I am currently drinking. I've heard there are different types of Japanese green tea leaves, some that tend to clog more?
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I'd be very happy about any advice. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Jun 16th 18 9:18 am
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How to prevent clogging after 1st infusion

by Michaelbok » Jun 16th 18 9:18 am

all i know is that japan is pretty expensive... its almost same as the u.s... but i got a question... how much it cost with JET??.... its kinda new to me ehhehe.... :p :p

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Jun 17th 18 2:04 am
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Re: How to prevent clogging after 1st infusion?

by kukicha » Jun 17th 18 2:04 am

Hello,
What I do is, in a fluid motion, make a reversed J with my hand brewing the tea. this cuts off the water from the spout, pulling the water (and, subsequently the tea leaves) back into the Kyusu. It's a motion similar to scooping ice cream.
It doesn't really damage the tea leaves or mess up the infusion at all, but it helps prevent the mesh from getting clogged.
I have a bamboo pick as well to remove any that does happen to get caught, as an added measure.