You probably already know it: traditional Moroccan mint tea is served in a special Moroccan tea set composed of a Moroccan
Growing up in Morocco, Moroccan mint tea was part of my everyday life. It was the first thing prepared to welcome guests, but also to accompagny every single family or friend reunion. Now, whenever I feel a little bit homesick, I prepare some Moroccan mint tea and my mood instantly improves. The sweet minty smell and the view of the shiny silvery tea set always bring back memories of happy gatherings, chatting for hours while drinking this special tea.
If you want to embark in this sweet Moroccan tea experience, the first thing to know is that you will need a teapot with special requirements. The good news? I share everything with you down below!
Tips on Buying the Best Moroccan Teapot
Whether you are shopping your Moroccan teapot online (Amazon, eBay, etc.) 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.
Another thing to check is 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 is to focus on basic silver brass or stainless steel teapots. By basic, I mean that the teapot will not have feet, like in the picture below.
Basic silver brass or stainless steel Moroccan teapots will have higher chances of checking all the requirements above. But you still need to check with the seller. If you are looking for a good Moroccan teapot, this Morocco silver brass teapot meets all the requirements above. It’s basically the teapot Moroccans use on a daily basis, at a very reasonable price.
If you are not in a hurry and can wait a couple of weeks, there is Little Moroccan Things, a platform I am working on that focuses on qualitative and affordable Moroccan handicrafts. There will be a few imported teapots that check all the requirements above, ranging from $40 to $100 so you might want to check that.
Authentic Moroccan tea pots are handmade in the city of Fez, in Morocco. The quality will often be top-notch.
Tip: For anyone visiting Morocco and planning on acquiring beautiful souvenirs and handicrafts, check my Morocco Shopping Guide where I go through everything you need to know about Moroccan markets and the products and souvenirs that are really worth your money.
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 your Moroccan tea set as a piece of decoration, and choose the colors that complement your living room or kitchen decor. Here is a bunch of beautiful designs to choose from!
The same applies to Moroccan trays. You can either look for a traditional Moroccan tea tray with complex engravings like this typical Moroccan tray or find a modern tray with minimalistic designs, like this lightly engraved tray or this super-minimalistic tray. It’s really up to you and your taste. All three designs are used in Morocco and usually, trays with heavy and complex engravings are reserved for traditional celebrations and special occasions.
Personally, I like to mix my traditional Moroccan teapots with one-color glasses and a lightly engraved tray. I have a lot of Moroccan items in my apartment (which means I have a LOT of colors) so this helps me balance everything out. But if your home decor is more on the neutral side, you can boldly mix engravings, patterns and colors and the result will be STUNNING, I promise!
Have fun ♡
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Thank you Safa for these guidelines on how to buy a Morrocan tea pot, I have two my self but am not sure if they are silver or stainless steel but I noticed that they are stamped with numbers one is holding number 64 while the other is stamped with no. 21 I hope you can advise me of their meaning … thanks
Response from Moroccan Zest
Hi Fadwa, I just checked my teapots and they have numbers too (18/10 for me), along with the mention ”stainless steel”. Those numbers indicate the grade of stainless steel or the material the teapot is made of.
Normally, your teapot should have a mention of the material used, so make sure to double check (it might be hidden somewhere). Also, where did you buy it from? Was it a specialized seller? In all cases, here is a guide on stainless steel grades, very helpful https://mightynest.com/articles/stainless-steel-all-about-food-grade-304-188-and-1810 -xx
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We noticed that the same Amazon seller now has a larger 1-liter version so we ordered
e hope it will go well with the pre-owned set of tea glasses we purchased from a local Tangier merchant. We had limited luggage space so this arrangement worked perfectly.
Now to find a suitable tray and cookie server!
Response from Moroccan Zest
I used to recommend this teapot until it went out of stock. I’ll keep your link in case someone is interested in a bigger size. Thanks, David, and hope you find what you’re looking for! -xx
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!
thanks so much,
I was so hesitant and didn’t know what teapot set to buy. thanks to you I made it to the order. thanks so much, Safa
just bought a tea set following your recommendations, thanks so much!!