Glass Tea Pots

My grandmother would never use a glass teapot when she brewed her tea, which she did several times a day and lived to be nearly a century. She swore that using anything except glass to brew tea took the spirit from the tea. I don't know about spirit but brewing tea in anything except glass robs you of the full flavor of the tea and leaves a taste instead of the containers material. This is true even of ceramic containers where you either get a taste of the glaze or an earthy taste. Glass pots are a great deal easier to clean and take care of also.

If you go shopping for a glass tea pot your going to want to find one constructed out of heat resistant borosilicate glass, the same glass used in much lab equipment, and it needs to contain at least 5% boric oxide to be effective. Heat is notorious about cracking or shattering glass and the boric oxide gives the glass a great deal of heat resistance. The last thing you need is a pot shattering when you are holding it in your hand.

You want your pot to come with an infuser basket so that you can strain the leaves without making a mess and it needs to have a very well fitted lid for safety reasons. If you get a pot with a well designed spout it will give you much more control over the flow of the hot water and the handle should be made of a material that does not conduct heat.

The are several common styles of glass tea pot. The teahouse for instance has a globular body, with a pouring lid and extra wide handle and the classis teapot is very similar but has a glass spout on the front. The Frieling teapot has an eggplant body a very low handle and the filter is swissgold. Finally the urban teapot has a pitcher style spout and straighter, ultra modern, lines not common to tea pots. There are about a dozen more styles and all of them are available online if you can?t find them at you local stores.