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December 20, 2011

Dr. Oz On Teas’s Health Benefits

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:42 am

On a recent show, Dr. Oz talks about the great health benefits of tea and describes the specific health properties of Black, Oolong and Green tea.

Click on the link below and watch the segment:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/teas-fight-disease-0

 

December 6, 2011

Tetsubin – The Japanese Teapot

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:54 am

Tetsubin are cast iron teapots made in Japan and often used in a Japanese tea ceremony. A typical tetsubin teapot is small
and has a geometric, organic or animal pattern decoration on the side where its spout faces your right. Famous for their resistance to rust (specially coated inside), tetsubin ware require minimum of care. Thanks to their perfect design,
they won’t spill a single drop when pouring green tea at a Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) or at your table. As with many Japanese products, high value was placed on achieving simplicity of design, clearly influenced by Zen Buddhism.
Elements most sought in design were gracefulness, calmness, rusticity and austere simplicity. Tetsubin pots and trivets made centuries ago are still around in various collections, proving that they can stay almost indefinitely

Tetsubin date back to the 17th century and were originally used to brew tea or simply boil water over a hearth. During the 19th century, when infused tea became more popular, tetsubin were considered primarily status symbols rather than functional kitchen items. Today they are used to brew and serve tea, however tetsubin are not normally placed on the stove. Instead, water is boiled elsewhere and then poured into the teapot to prepare the tea.

Visit us at the store to see the many shapes and patterns of these very beautiful yet very practical tea pots!