Dedication to the enjoyment of tea

Thursday, January 04, 2007

$10, $100 or $1000 tea pot?

All tea lovers will know of Zisha tea pot. They come in different colours, sizes, designs and of course different prices. So what is a reasonable amount to spend (some say invest) in a tea pot?

Personally, i go for the functionality of teapots more than its "investment" potential. As long as it satisfies basic technical performance, proportionate ratio and balance, it is a good pot to me.

The value of tea drinking is intrinsic to the appreciation process. Therefore, the monetary value of a teapot is irrelevant to the enjoyment process. The context of tea drinking, the people and environment matters more than the price of the tea pots.

Does that mean an expensive teapot is a waste of money? Of course not.

The "Tao" of tea means everything is relative. There is no absolute cheap or expensive teapot. The teapot market caters to tea lovers, art collectors in fact just about everyone. Therefore, there is always a pot for everyone, every budget and every intention.

Teh-Tea-Tee : Cha-Chai

In China, probably, the word for tea (as we learn in English) is probably "Teh" in the southern and south-eastern part of China (as in Minnan dialects) and "Cha" in the northern Mandarin dialect. This is a very broad assumption unless we know all the dialect terms for tea. For instance, to the Cantonese, tea is "Cha" (in a different intonation) which is closer to the northern dialect.

It is interesting that following the tea routes to the other parts of the world, the words of tea are also in one way or another related to the Chinese terms. To the English, it is tea. To the Germans, it is tee. To the Northern Indians (Hindi), it is Chai.

In this blog, we hope to share our experiences from the drinking of different teas available in Singapore and the world.