Aug 5, 2020, 22:51
Strainer: some may prefer clay strainer but this is a very fine strainer, great for broken leaves. I do notice that every time i brew, some broken pieces get stuck either in the meshwork or the crevice between the mesh and the ceramic bump at the bottom holding the mesh in place. To deal with this, my daily after use cleaning process is as follows
1. Fill pot with running water from the spout side with lid closed
2. Shake pot up and down and from different angles while lid is closed
3. Pour out water from the top
4. Repeat 1-3 at least 3x
5. Check to see where there are fragments and take them out with a toothpick. I find this works well.
6. Rinse one more time from spout.
7. Fill with hot water used to brew tea (either spring or filtered)
8. Close lid and pour more of this hot water all around it. Let sit for 5 minutes
9. Drain and dry in air
Spout: i removed the plastic nub because it looked ugly. Still pours perfectly fine, except there is now occasionally a drop of water that slides down from spout after a pour. For me, this is acceptable.
Lid: during pour, liquid can come out from lid if poured too quickly. This means the lid and and the pot are not designed to have a perfect fit. For the low price, this is acceptable
Balance: overall balance is adequate. Note that the pot doesn't pass the handle test (cannot stand the pot from the handle). This is acceptable, considering the low price.
Aesthetics: very refreshing green matte color on the exterior. The flower designs are vernal and cute.
Construction and material: as expected for this type of pot, has low heat retention relative to yixing. After 3 brews, the pot smells seasoned, but does not impact the taste of the tea. When struck, the sound is dull and does not chime for long, indicating a relatively medium quality of firing process and clay. These are all acceptable and fully adequate for brewing japanese green tea.
Overall: very good pot for the price, and ideal for brewing deep steamed tea, as advertised.
This is a great teapot. It's the perfect size for 1-2 people, and it's what I will recommend to anyone looking for a pot for green tea.
Mar 25, 2017, 05:29
The fact that I ordered this kyusu twice – I dropped the first one – says it all. A nice handmade kyus for a decent price. You can use it for all kinds of green tea.
Apr 24, 2016, 02:30
I decided to purchase a second kyusu for deep steamed tea and larger servings than my existing can make. This is a nicely made pot that is attractive and well priced.
I find myself using this pot more than I expected. The large lid makes cleaning easy. The screen cleans easily with a stream of water from the tap. I find myself reaching for this pot over my smaller kyusu even when I want a small single serving or a light steamed sencha..
John Priestley II
Mar 4, 2015, 00:23
This fukamushi teapot from Tokoname is as attractive as it is functional. It does an excellent job of steeping the tea to perfection and straining the tea from the leaves. While it is for deep-steamed teas, it can also be used for other green tea types.
Nov 24, 2011, 09:00
This teapot is perfectly adequate for brewing any kind of green tea. The style is charming and simple, the clay is fairly porous and terracotta-like and the mesh strainer is fine enough to work with fukamushi but coarse enough not to get clogged. The one small drawback is that the strainer is not removable and the tea pot requires an occasional soaking to remove the tiny tea particles that get stuck where they can't easily be rinsed out. Great value, and I am considering buying a second one.