How many Kyusu do you own? And bonus question, how many do you use? So, 2 answers are permitted.

1
86
20%
2-3
94
22%
4-5
41
10%
6-7
13
3%
8-10
8
2%
11-14
6
1%
15 or more
10
2%
I USE 1
62
14%
2-3
67
16%
4-5
22
5%
6-7
5
1%
8-10
3
1%
11-14
3
1%
15 or more
9
2%
 
Total votes: 429

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by bryan_drinks_tea » Sep 2nd 12 6:22 pm

Chip wrote:
Poohblah wrote:That looks like a nightmare to clean, Chip. Especially after fuka.
Not mine though. :mrgreen:
debunix wrote:How do most of you clean your filters after brewing?

I usually just blast some water as forcefully as my faucet can pour it back through the spout, to push the leaves back into the body of the pot where I can easily rinse them out. Fortunately, I happen to prefer lighter steamed japanese greens, and have a nice group of shiboridashis, and so don't often have to deal with post-fuka cleanup in my kyusus.
First I endeavor to prevent leaves from getting stuck in the first place. The leaves most apt to get stuck are the tiny, dry, unopened leaves. So as I pour water in, I pour over the filter which tends to keep these away from the screen til they have had the opportunity to open up.

I actually continue with this practice for each steep ...

I never seem to have any remnants after simply rinsing away with the spray attachment.

That's a great Idea, Chip! I'm going to have to try that with for my next sencha session.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by brandon » Sep 29th 12 10:14 am

Classic Hagi houhin. Thanks JD!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by David R. » Sep 29th 12 2:41 pm

So beautiful. Very nice acquisition.
brandon wrote:I think I am caught up with my photo posting now, please excuse my spam.
Anytime...

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by the_economist » Sep 29th 12 3:34 pm

Anytime +1

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Alex » Oct 18th 12 11:31 am

Just got the small Ipoddo Kyusu.

Full review with more pictures here:
http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=17860

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by edkrueger » Oct 18th 12 4:03 pm

Sweet! I remember that pot and the cups from Ippodo. It brings back memories.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Alex » Oct 18th 12 5:50 pm

How did the shop smell? the box this came in smelt lush. Kind of aromatic smoked wood or something like that.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by edkrueger » Oct 18th 12 8:23 pm

I saw your comment about the smell. It smelled like tea –some tea shops had incense, but I don't think Ippodo did. The building is very old though. I was going to try to describe it but... http://edkimages.blogspot.com/2012/10/i ... tures.html

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Alex » Oct 19th 12 5:57 am

Ahh that would make sense. Must be old building smell. Its very pleasant. :mrgreen:

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by brandon » Oct 28th 12 6:15 pm

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Gyokuro set by Yamada Sou.
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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Chip » Oct 28th 12 9:54 pm

Great looking set, Brandon! Please feel free to share a few more photos. :idea:

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by blairswhitaker » Oct 29th 12 1:14 am

Once again a lot of nice looking Kyusu on here!

This is a Wantanabe Tozo pot that I picked out from Hojo, seemingly a place of great controversy. As for the pot its self it's a great little Kyusu, made from rough Sado Island Nosaka Clay. This pot also has a direct filter, and a very yixing-esq look to it. It highlights a number of flavors in some recent batches of Gyokuro and it also does very nicely with asamushi sencha. However it did make a delicate Kamairicha I have taste dull and lifeless.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by blairswhitaker » Oct 29th 12 1:20 am

This is a little 90ml Kyusu also picked out from Hojo's selection. It is a Shimizu Ken pot, made from reduction fired mumoyi red clay. This pot is superb, has a great pour, excellent lid fit, and the clay does wonders on every green tea I have passed through it, really bringing the full nuance out of some teas I hadn't thought that much of in the past. please enjoy!

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by Alex » Oct 30th 12 7:48 am

Wow those are some sweet pots. I like the over sized features of the Tozo pot. Makes it look like it would handle really nicely.

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Re: Ode to the Kyusu

by MIKE_B » Oct 30th 12 5:05 pm

blairswhitaker wrote:This is a little 90ml Kyusu also picked out from Hojo's selection. It is a Shimizu Ken pot....
Sweet.
I have that pot's big brother. I originally bought it to brew roasted oolongs in. Now I only use it for sencha. I love mine too.