Many people enjoy a nice hot cup of tea to drink. Tea leaves are covered in boiling water for a few minutes to release the flavor and color into the hot water. Then the brewed tea can be poured into a cup for drinking.
A teapot is a vessel used for steeping tea leaves or an herbal mix in boiling or near-boiling water, and for serving the resulting infusion which is called tea. Dry tea may be available either in tea bags or as loose tea, in which case a tea infuser or tea strainer may be of some assistance, either to hold the leaves as they steep or to catch the leaves inside the teapot when the tea is poured.
What’s the problem?
To make tea, we need a container to hold the tea and the hot water while the tea “brews”. Some people just put a tea bag directly into their cup, pour in the hot water and wait a few minutes, then take the tea bag out of the cup. To make more than one cup of tea at a time, most people use a teapot that is designed for this job.
Teapots usually have an opening with a lid at their top, where the dry tea and hot water are added, a handle for holding by hand and a spout through which the tea is served. Some teapots have a strainer built-in on the inner edge of the spout. A small hole in the lid is necessary for air access inside to stop the spout from dripping and splashing when tea is poured.
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