If using loose leaf tea, a strainer is needed for catching the leaves as the tea is poured into the cup. There are a number of strainers available on the market, the most attractive being made in silver or chrome. Plastic and stainless steel should be reserved for use in the kitchen only.
The forerunner of the modern tea strainer, which came into use in the 1790s, was the mote spoon. The pierced-bowl spoon, with its long spiky handle, appeared toward the end of the seventeenth century and was also known as a mote skimmer, long teaspoon, olive spoon, or mulberry spoon. It is possible that the spike was used to pierce olives or fruit from a jar or lift fruit from a punch bowl, but it is more widely believed that it was intended for unblocking teapot spouts when they became clogged with swollen leaves. The spoon was used as an early caddy spoon for transferring loose leaf from caddy to pot (thus allowing any dust to fall away through the small holes), and then for skimming unwanted dust or stray leaves from the surface of the tea once it had been poured into the cup. More spoons began to disappear as strainers came into use.
The earliest strainers were made by weaving twisted wire or bamboo into a suitable shape and size. Then, like all tea wares, styles and shapes developed and changed to suit different fashions in design over the centuries.
It is not unfamiliar for those people who enjoy drinking tea that Tea Strainer is kind of filter screen used when we pour tea water into the Fair cup to filter tea dust. I believe for those experienced tea lover must have felt the affection of Tea Strainers, which not only could made tea water more clear, but also easy for us to observe the color of tea water. Of course, there are must someone do not like to use it. As they think it will be more convenient and the true features of tea water could be seen clearly in this way.
In fact, the Tea Strainer is not could be used for every kind of tea. And as the texture of tea strainer is different, the tasty of tea must be influenced. For example, if using the kind of tea strainers made by bamboo, especially the new ones, which could bring the special smelling of bamboo to tea water. And If using it made by metal material, there will be of two disadvantages. One, the metal one will rust using for a long time. Two, the tasty also will be slightly influenced by it. And as we all know that the porcelain and glass tea set are all of glass glaze, which make it easy to clean and not to adsorb aroma of tea. After filtering, the tea water present transparent and bright. It is no doubt the most ideal ones.
Actually, it is also very normal not to use tea strainer for those tea leave are complete, clean or large. Under the situation, not to use it will be more convenient and also the true features of tea water could be directly present. But for those Tea Cake or Brick Tea need to pry, the tea strainer will be more helpful at this time. As if the tea could not be pried well, it will be broken down.
As for tea strainer such gadgets also add a lot of fun to our tea feast, and even it has an important role in art appreciating and playful value. Especially those made by porcelain, which not easy to channel taste, but improve the appreciation value and the overall aesthetic.
As a matter of fact, the tea strainer is a kind of tea ware easy to be ignored but plays an important role. In deed, it also really help us a lot when we bubbling. For example, for Pu’er tea , or brick tea, it is very necessary to keep tea water clean and transparent. Hope all of you could use tea strainer reasonably according to individual circumstance, but remember not to forget it.
When tea is brewed in the traditional manner in a teapot, the tea leaves are not contained in teabags, but rather are freely suspended in the water. As the leaves themselves may be distasteful, it is usual to filter them out with a tea strainer.
By using a tea strainer, the same leaves can be used to brew multiple cups.
Tea strainers are usually either porcelain, stainless steel, or clay. Strainers often come in a set, with the strainer part and a holder for it to sit in. Tea strainers in themselves have often been turned into artistic masterpieces and goldsmith's craft, as well as rarer specimens of fine porcelain.