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Cloudstone Cauldron with Ladle
Cloudstone Cauldron with Ladle
Cloudstone Cauldron with Ladle

Cloudstone Cauldron with Ladle

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Boiling tea is one of our favorite pastimes. There is nothing better than a long afternoon spent boiling some tea. We often serve boiled tea roadside to passersby. This is one of the best ways to serve tea, as you don’t have to worry about later steepings being less concentrated than earlier ones—the tea just gets better and better over time! We love to boil sheng puerh (young or aged), shou puerh and black tea (hei cha) especially, but we have also been known to boil green tea and even oolong (especially Yancha). Check out our Boiled Tea Course to learn more!

These beautiful cauldrons rest perfectly on our braziers, which means you can use alcohol or charcoal to keep the water boiling, depending on whether you have the charcoal basket or not. They are made of the new Cloudstone clay blend, similar to our kettles and braziers. Cloudstone is a combination of volcanic minerals, rocks, crystals and iron blended into an earthy clay from deep strata. The clay blend produces smooth and nice tea with a structure that restores balance to the water in the tea.

These Cloudstone cauldrons are available in a dark and light color, caused by a slight difference in the firing temperature. The clay is identical, as is the effect. Due to this, each piece is unique with slight variations and marks from the firing process. We love the way that the kiln changes each piece in beautiful and unexpected ways.

Each set comes with a ladle that has a sieve for convenient ladling into bowls and straining out the leaves. They are attached to a bamboo handle that has been hand-cut and slightly sanded. We used a kind of stone-ground clay to cement the handle to the ladle so that no nasty glues would go into your boiling tea! Each set also comes with iron rings to lift the cauldron off the brazier when it is hot.