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The Japanese Kyusu teapot is a clay teapot designed to be the best tool to prepare Japanese green tea. It has a wide base, a long spout and a hollow side handle. The unique hollow side handle stays cool to the touch, allowing you to pour the tea without burning your hands. It also allows for more refined movements, so you can pour the tea with just a simple turn of the wrist. The built in filter inside the kyusu automatically sifts out the leaves as you pour so they do not end up in your cup.

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What is a Japanese Kyusu Teapot

The Japanese kyusu teapot is the perfect tool for brewing loose leaf green tea. It has a wide base, built in filter and a hollow side handle for pouring. The wide base allows the leaves plenty of space to open up and release their flavor into the water. The filter automatically sifts out the leaves and the side handle makes it easy to pour the tea with just a simple turn of the wrist, without burning your hands.

Which Teas can you brew with a Kyusu teapot

The clay kyusu is the best tool for preparing most types of Japanese green tea, but we will briefly cover a few of them here. All of these teas are just waiting to be prepared in your new Japanese kyusu teapot.

  • sencha sample


    Sencha is the most common type of tea in Japan, made from tea leaves that have been steamed, rolled and dried.

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  • gyokuro sample


    The so-called “Emperor’s tea” made from tea leaves that have been shaded for 3 weeks in order to maximize their sweet and savory flavor.

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  • roasted teas and hojicha sample

    Roasted Teas

    These teas have been roasted during the production process to give them warmer notes of coffee, caramel and chocolate.

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  • stem teas sample

    Stem Teas

    These teas are made with a combination of tea leaves and stems, giving them a mild straw flavor and a lower caffeine content.

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  • oolong sample

    Oolong Teas

    These partially oxidized teas are quite rare in Japan, but they produce a beautiful sweet and floral flavor.

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  • bancha sample


    Bancha is made from the older leaves of the tea harvest, while most premium Japanese green teas are made from the younger tea sprouts

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Explaining the different types of tokoname kyusu

We have 2 main types of tokoname kyusu to choose from, and they are broken down by color. The color doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the performance of each teapot, but it is interesting how each is produced.

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    Red kyusu

    The red kyusu teapot is made out of unoxidized clay. It only needs to be fired twice, so it will be less expensive compared to the black tokoname kyusu, all else being equal. Our red Japanese kyusu is a great teapot for beginners because it has a solid glaze to it. This means it can be used to prepare multiple different types of teas, without the flavors interfering with one another.

  • Black Kyusu

    The black kyusu teapot is made from oxidized clay that has been fired 3 times, making it more of a premium teapot. This kyusu has a much lighter glaze to it, making it more suitable for preparing one tea type like gyokuro. If you prepare one type of tea over and over, the teapot will become seasoned and enhance a lot of the tasting notes of that tea, almost like a skillet.

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Kyusu teapot filters

Another way to find the best kyusu teapot for a particular type of tea is to break it down by the type of filter. The two main types of filters in the kyusu are metal and clay, and each comes with its own benefit which we will dive into in a moment.

  • Metal Filter in a Kyusu Teapot

    The metal filter is more common in clay teapots intended for beginners like the red tokoname kyusu. With certain teas, especially fukamushi or deep steamed tea, which can have smaller leaf particles. The only downside is that some seasoned tea drinkers claim that the metal can alter the flavor of the tea itself. 

  • Clay Filter in a Kyusu Teapot

    This is the best kyusu teapot if you are more of a Japanese tea connoisseur. This clay filter was carved directly into the teapot as it is being made and as a result, the tea is only in contact with clay, no metal. Some serious tea drinkers claim this makes a big difference, but if you are new to the world of Japanese green tea, you may not notice it as much.

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While returns are very rare at Nio, they occasionally do occur. We want everyone to be satisfied with the tea they get, so we would prefer to offer a replacement tea rather than leave someone with a tea they don’t like. Please be sure to reach out to us and we can solve whatever issues you might have with the tea you ordered.