You probably already know it: traditional Moroccan mint tea is served in a special Moroccan tea set composed of a Moroccan
Having grown up in Morocco, Moroccan mint tea was part of my everyday life. Now, whenever I feel a little bit homesick, I prepare some Moroccan mint tea and my mood instantly improves. Bringing back memories of my family and happy gatherings, chatting for hours while drinking this special tea.
Traditional Moroccan mint tea can’t be prepared in a regular teapot. In fact, you will need a teapot that is heat resistant and that can be put on your stove. I tried using a regular glass and a regular clay teapot, and I ended up each time with a broken teapot and a lot of mess. You don’t want that, believe me!
The good news is, a Moroccan teapot is great because you can also use it for preparing any other infusion or tea. Besides, Moroccan tea pots are super durable as they are made with stainless steal. And if you are lucky, you can get teapots with gorgeous designs that will add that little something to your kitchen deco.
If you travel to Morocco, make sure you stop by the Medina and buy a traditional Moroccan teapot. If that’s the case, don’t forget to check my ebook about shopping in Morocco. It’s a bible to understanding how Moroccan markets work, the prices to pay and how to avoid scams and get the most out of your shopping.
If you are not visiting Morocco any soon, below some great tips you can follow to buy your Moroccan teapot online, as well as some of my favorite links to buy affordable and durable Moroccan tea pots.
Tips on Buying the Best Moroccan Teapot
Whether you are shopping your Moroccan teapot online (Amazon, eBay) or in Moroccan souks, always start by checking the composition the teapot is made of.
Good quality Moroccan
Of course, stainless steel and especially silver brass teapots can be a little bit more expensive than regular teapots made with materials like aluminum. But nothing’s worth your health, right? Besides, you really can find great deals and get teapots online at the same price as you would get them in Morocco. I will share with you below two of my favorite picks. As they are both imported from Morocco and hand made, they might be out of stock by the time you consult them. If that’s the case, just look for similar ones with the same characteristics and hopefully, you will find a good deal.
You also need to make sure that the teapot is really heat resistant. In fact, not all Moroccan teapots will resist hot temperatures, as some teapots are made for decoration purposes only.
You must also check the teapot serving size, depending on your needs. If you are looking for a Moroccan teapot to use while receiving family and friends, look for teapots that are more than 33 ounces (around 1 liter). If you want to use it in a small gathering (2 or 3 persons) look for teapots that are around 16 ounces (around 0.5 liters).
Yes, it can get tricky sometimes, and the best way to be sure is the check the points above directly with the sellers. Another tip I can give you to find a teapot that won’t burn or oxidize is to focus on basic silver brass or stainless steel teapots. By basic I mean that the teapot will not have feet (see picture below).
Basic silver brass or stainless steel Moroccan teapots will have higher chances of checking all the requirements above for a durable teapot. They are perfect for regular use and are so much cheaper. If you are looking for a great one, this Morocco-imported silver brass teapot meets all the requirements above. It’s basically the teapot Moroccans use on a daily basis, at a very reasonable price.
This Morocco-imported teapot is also a great pick. Silver plated, very elegant and refined, with beautiful Moroccan engravings. It is also heat resistant which is rare for a non-basic Moroccan teapot, and the price is really a big plus. In fact, in Morocco, similar quality teapots sell at nearly the same price, and sometimes more. I spent hours searching for the perfect teapot, and that one meets all the requirements.
Authentic Moroccan tea pots are handmade in the city of Fez, in Morocco. The quality will often be top-notch. Both teapots I shared with you above were handmade in Fez.
Tips on Buying the Best Moroccan Tea Set & Tea Glasses
Once you found a good, durable Moroccan teapot, you are almost done. In fact, finding a great Moroccan tea tray and beautiful Moroccan tea glasses is not very complicated, as it will mostly rely on your taste.
There are two major kinds of Moroccan tea glasses. The white/transparent ones, and the colored ones. Both are used in Morocco, and you can even go crazy and have a tea set composed of tea glasses with different colors and designs. Think of you Moroccan tea set as a piece of decoration, and choose the colors that complement your living room or kitchen decor.
What I like to do is mix my traditional Moroccan teapots with one-color glasses and a modern tray. I have a lot of Moroccan items in my apartment so this helps me balance everything out. But if your deco is more on the neutral side, go ahead and compose your perfectly traditional Moroccan tea set.
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love at first sight!
I so much love the silver teapot you shared! It’s currently out of stock so I will keep my eyes on it. Thank you for the great references and tips!
this post pretty much answers all my questions. Just one last question, how can I clean my teapot?
Response from Moroccan Zest
Hi Jeff. Just use water and your regular dish cleaning product. If the shine goes off, you can gently apply a little bit of lemon juice, but only if the teapot is stainless steel and silver.
I think I will purchase a Moroccan teapot. I drink a lot of tea and herb infusions so I am for sure going to use. thank you for all the great recommendation!
the basic teapot for me
Love the basic teapot you linked to. Just one question before purchasing, is it stainless steel?
love Moroccan teapots
I have one and use it for many things, mint tea, infusions and even serving coffee. Quite practical and always makes my guests ask about its origin.