They are, without doubt, the most practical and convenient way to have a cup of tea or an infusion, we talk about the tisaneras, more commonly known as tea cups or mugs with filter. The same have been in use for centuries and have evolved with the passage of the years, unlike the tea, which, practically, is still taking the same as that from w...
They are, without doubt, the most practical and convenient way to have a cup of tea or an infusion, we talk about the tisaneras, more commonly known as tea cups or mugs with filter. The same have been in use for centuries and have evolved with the passage of the years, unlike the tea, which, practically, is still taking the same as that from which it was discovered that you could make an infusion of the plant Camellia Sinensis, with all the properties that the same input depending on the type of tea you prepare with it.
Therefore, by the tradition they have, deserve a special mention that we devote more than a line to explain their origin, to speak of the varieties that exist or have some tips to choose the one that best suits your tastes.
But before proceeding to speak of all these aspects, I would like to ask two questions. The first: if we speak of a cup of tea, what image comes to your head? And the second: what is it that you like more of a tisanera?
If you think, while you think about it, I reply what I think of these questions: if I speak of a cup of tea or tisanera, I envision, not only the object, but the moment of pleasure that involves all days of the year, but especially those in which the body or the temperature does not accompany, drink the drink of gods well warm, which will warms the body and the soul.
That as to the first question, but if I wanted to reply to the second, I would tell you that the handle. Yes, because it is what allows me to securely and nice cup of tea, especially the days that it is cold and this allows my hands and therefore my body, come, little by little, into heat.
In reality, if you think about it, the two images are linked with each other. And, now, you're probably thinking: “but by what I have done to me these questions now.” Very simple, I want to tell you an anecdote, sure, surprise you as much as I did my first time and I'm still going on today.
If the second question you, like most people, you have responded to the asa, I will tell you that, interestingly, one of the things most characteristic of a cup of tea, that fit that, some call him, was the last element that is incorporated in the designs of the tisaneras and, today, however, we struggle to think of a bowl to drink tea, and without the need.
All of this is best understood if we take a few centuries back and we're going to review the origin and evolution of the tisaneras.
Origin of the tea cups
To speak of the origin of the tisaneras or cups of tea that we have traced back to the place of origin of the tea, that is to say, to China. And it was there, as it could not be otherwise, where they created the first. However, they had nothing to do with the way that they currently have, because then they were a sort of cuenquitos, very similar to those now used in China and known by the name of Zhong.
Neither had anything to do was the material with which they were developed. Today, the majority of the tisaneras are manufactured with porcelain, however, the first were made in mud. With the passage of time they began to use the clay, until finally it began to make porcelain.
The story puts the creation of the first tisaneras or clay bowls to drink tea during the Han dynasty (206 a.C. - 220 d.C.) or, at least, the first utensils for tea that have been found in China have been found in the tombs of the emperors of that dynasty.
One of the things that is known of the history of the tisaneras is that of China were used also in Korea and in Japan; later toured Persia and would not be until the late SEVENTEENTH century when they begin to be used in Europe.
One of the first things that were introduced in these early bowls or cups of tea, was the dish, so that the people who took the tea could leave to simmer, without burning, and without stain, until it was at the perfect temperature to take it. And, as I said at the beginning, the last thing that was incorporated was the handle, despite being, without doubt, the most personality given to this type of container for tea.
Today and, although as I said, in China and in Japan are still using a lot of bowls of tea, the rest of the world, the most extended of the tisaneras, is that of a vessel of porcelain, with handle, infuser and lid, which, by the way, also fulfils its function.
Yes, yes, yes. Each one of the elements of a tisanera, have their own function:
The glass, of course, to contain the liquid, but it is that, in addition, according to the material used, it retains it for a longer time the temperature of the beverage.
The handle, of course, to hold more comfortably the glass, but also to not burn yourself when you take a tea or hot infusion.
The infuser, provided that the holes are not especially large, for straining the tea leaves, and that, once removed, you can make your favorite drink without herbs.
The cap, to retain it for a longer time the heat, but also the aroma, the taste and properties of tea. In addition, of course, serve as a saucer to let your infuser, a turn pick.
Types of tisaneras
As I have already mentioned, today there are a lot of types of tisaneras, which can be grouped into the following groups:
Tisaneras of porcelain: they are the most used along with the ceramic. This type of tisaneras support much better the change of temperature and are more resistant, although it all depends on the quality of the porcelain. The best are those that have thinner walls, but are also more expensive.
Tisaneras ceramic: this material also gives very good results and is more economical than porcelain, but they are also much more thick, that is to say, that it takes more material to make them resistant, especially in the handle, and this does not always like to all over the world.
Tisaneras glass: or, more, of a borosilicate, a type of glass resistant to temperature changes, which supports very well the heat and, therefore, has no risk of bursting if the water is too hot.
These are the types of tisaneras most used, but in Aromas of Tea, you'll also find:
Tisaneras of mud: these are known as singing bowls and chinese that are specially designed for those true lovers and connoisseurs of tea, for personal use or to take out on special occasions and to prepare matcha tea, emulating a tea ceremony.
Mug: this is one of our latest additions. Unlike the rest of tisaneras, these do not have a handle, but yes a zone of rubber thanks to which you will not be burned when your tea or infusion they are hot. This type of tisaneras can also be used for coffee.
Tips for choosing a tisanera
It is clear that for decantarte a cup of tea or another, the first thing you have to do is like: either on the drawings has, by design or, simply, because you have been called to our attention. But there are also other aspects that is important to keep in mind:
Your weight: the best thing is that it be lightweight, because the own content, that is to say, the tea because going to be given weight when the lame and if it weighs too much empty, will not be comfortable when drinking
The width of the handle: there are people who do not give importance, but the majority take the cup by the handle and, for this reason, it is more comfortable than it is wide, so that you can take the tisanera from the same, without problems.
The infuser: this is one of the most important points. Although you can substitute the one you like best, if a priori you are wearing one that fits the type of tea you drink, the better. So, there are the following types of infusores of tisaneras:
The ceramic: they usually have the holes fairly large, so it is ideal for teas, large leaf, such as green tea, white tea or black tea, but that is very cumbersome, for example, for tea type rooibos or for those who have very little children, as it is colarán by their holes and will be in the drink.
The porcelain is quite similar to that just described, although they tend to be somewhat more narrow holes
The steel: this type of infuser serves for all kinds of teas and infusions, and for this reason it is the most used. Always good to have one on hand so we can replace it for one that we don't like.
The crystal: that often accompany the tisaneras made with this material and that it also supports, quite well, all kinds of teas. The best of this type of tisaneras and infusores
So, yes, now you have all elements to choose the cup that best suits you or the person to whom it is you are offering.
Use and cleaning of the tisaneras
On this last point, I would not want to dwell too much, because I think that is pretty obvious, but it is true that never comes out of further mention certain tips or tricks when using a tisanera.
The usage is simple: insert the infuser in the tisanera and we take one or two tablespoons of coffee, to taste. Pour the hot water with the quantity that is desired (the ideal is that they are free to the extent corresponding to one or two fingers, and the rest is water), put the lid on and let stand the time that we ask for the type of tea that we have chosen.
Once hot, remove the lid and pulled out, without dumping the contents, the infuser at the plate, trying to drip as little as possible (we will try to drain all the water possible by lifting the infuser over the cup and letting go of the largest amount of infusion possible about it). In this way not mancharemos nothing and the remaining water left in the saucer.
At the time of cleaning, the majority of the tisaneras can be introduced into the dishwasher, both the cup, as the infuser and the cover itself. However, it is always more advisable to wash them by hand. To do this you can simply use soap and water or if you want a deeper cleaning, prepare a mixture with the following ingredients: a squirt of vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Then, take a clean cloth and drench it with that paste that you have prepared and wipe all the tisanera. Finally, wipe it off with water and soap and rinse.
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