Sencha & Kyusus

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Aug 1st 18 9:41 pm
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Sencha & Kyusus

by Denmano » Aug 1st 18 9:41 pm

Hello Everyone! This is an interesting site and I've learned quite a lot here! I'm getting into Japanese teas (mostly senchas) now since I lived there way back in 1979 for a summer. I've been using a kyusu that was given to me back then. It's porcelain and about 250cc but I want to get a clay Banko pot. I always brew for just me, but I've been reading many comments that smaller kyusus are better for one person and that I should be looking for something closer to 150cc. Some say it will save tea over the long haul as well. I hate to admit, but I've been drinking my tea out of an 250 ml coffee mug! So, I brew 250 ml and fill my cup and then do a double and sometime triple steep of the same amount. Are most of you drinking out of little traditional cups without handles and that's why the small kyusus work better for you? I guess I like the larger volume but maybe I need to "savor" the tea more by sipping out of small cups. What are your thoughts on this? And, if you have any specific kyusu recommendations, I'd love to hear about them! One of the pots I have my eye on is this one:

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Thanks so much for your help!

Aug 6th 18 2:28 pm
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Re: Sencha & Kyusus

by RobWarren » Aug 6th 18 2:28 pm

Hey Denmano,

Could not click through to your link so can not comment on the particular kyusu that you are looking at. But, I have a Tokoname kyusu that I do enjoy. Using the kyusu adds a pleasant bit of semi-exotic ritual to my tea making.

I do find that that the smaller cups do work better for me when brewing good tea. The small cups allow the tea to be consumed while at its peak before it cools down and loses some of its character. For everyday tea I am with you in wanting a larger cup that I can sip on while working on the computer.

I'd suggest checking into whichever supplier you decide to buy from. I had a number transactions with Yuuki-Cha that I was quite happy with and then one that caused me to decide to never buy from them again.

Best,

Bob

Aug 11th 18 2:53 pm
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Re: Sencha & Kyusus

by Denmano » Aug 11th 18 2:53 pm

Thanks for your reply, Bob. I thought I'd get an email when there was a reply to my post, but I guess they don't do that here. But, I logged in today and was happy to get your reply. I ended up purchasing the Tokoname tea pot from Yuuki-cha as well as a couple teas. They haven't arrived yet and it doesn't appear they offer tracking via their website. I'm curious what happened that soured your buying experience from them. I have noticed that they don't reply to questions via email on their site at all. It makes me wonder why they bother to offer a link to email them. However, I like that every tea they offer is organic and much of it seems to be from smaller growers. The selection seems good and the prices are reasonable. Maybe this link will work to pull up a photo of the teapot. It's capacity is 280 ml. Is there really any reason I can't make a half-pot of quality tea for myself in this size kyusu? Also, at a price of 4,200 Yen, would this really have been hand made by the artist Houryu? I have a hunch that for that price, it may be his design and possibly made in his studio, but probably by another potter in training, etc. Thanks again for your feedback! David

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Aug 16th 18 6:06 pm
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Re: Sencha & Kyusus

by RobWarren » Aug 16th 18 6:06 pm

Denmano,

Looks like you picked a nice kyusu! The recommendation that I got was to brew between two-thirds and three-quarters of the kyusu's capacity. So, yes, there is no law that prevents us from brewing less than a full pot.

Yuuki-Cha quickly became my favorite vendor when I was first exploring Japanese teas. Quality was always good and prices were fair. I was starting to recommend them as "my tea guy in Japan" to my tea drinking friends. But that all changed when I ordered a matcha bowl from them. Check out the last few posts in the thread linked below if you are interested in the details.

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Hope you enjoy your new kyusu.

Bob