Sorapot – unique strangeness

8 02 2009

This modern and unique pot known as Sorapot is the brain child of Joey Roth. It took 2 years to bring this design to life and it was well worth it, since it’s one of the most unique tea pots out there. Its geometrical shapes catch the eye, but the most characteristic thing at first glance is the horizontal positioning of the infuser part.

The question that comes to mind is “How the hell do I brew tea in that?!?”. Well, it goes like this: you put the pot in a vertical position and unscrew a thumbscrew that secures a rod at the bottom which holds the two parts together. You take the rod out of its socket which allows you to rotate the sprout section backwards and gain access to the glass tube. You put your favorite tea inside the tube and then you close it up the same way as you opened it. There is a a grid/filter between the sprout and the glass tube that will hold the leaves inside the pot while pouring. The last step is to pour hot water into the pot though the sprout. 

The designer also claims that the metal will develop a sheen where is has been held the most, giving the pot a ‘worn’ appearance – making you feel like it’s really your own good old pot. It would be good to mention some ups and downs here. The interesting design and simplicity is very obvious, but what about ease of use? It can be quite a hassle to prepare tea in Sorapot, especially if you’re in a hurry. Just like its looks make tea into an art you also have to take your time with preparing it in this pot. It’s not a pot for the impatient or for convenient, daily use. If you can take your time with it however, then you will certainly enjoy being able to observe the leaves unfurl. Sorapot is designed as a personal pot, so it won’t to the job at a tea party for more then two. Moreover, if you are brewing green tea, you have to pour out the liquid when it’s done, before it gets bitter, because you can’t remove the leaves like in conventional tea pots.

Made of recyclable stainless steel, borosilicate glass and food-grade silicone. It holds about 325 ml (11 oz.) which is enough for 2 cups of tea. There are two versions of Sorapot – polished and brushed. I would say that Sorapot is bitter-sweet and enjoying it really depends on your personal approach. For 200 – 250$ you can impress your family, friends and guests.


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One response

9 02 2009

Your title is appropo! Unique strangeness it is! I would love to have a cup of tea brewed in a Sorapot – just to say I did. Thanks for sharing!

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