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. And that is the case for almost every person living in Morocco.
In fact, Moroccan families make Moroccan mint tea daily, once or twice a day. It is the beverage we drink on family gatherings and to chill and unwind.
Now, whenever I feel homesick, I make some Moroccan mint tea and my mood instantly improves. The sweet minty smell and the silver tea set always brings back memories of happy gatherings with some of my favorite people.
Making Moroccan mint tea is really easy. It requires a few ingredients and the total cooking time is only 10 minutes.
The most important thing about making Moroccan mint tea is having the right teapot. Of course, you can get away with letting the ingredients infuse in water like with most tea infusions. But to get that special taste everyone craves in Moroccan mint tea, you will need a special Moroccan teapot.
The good news? Moroccan teapots are a good kitchen investment that you won’t regret buying. You can use them for making Moroccan mint tea or for serving any beverage, like coffee, juice, and wine. It’s chic and decorative.
There are though a few things to keep in mind before getting one for your kitchen.
Tips for Buying the Best Moroccan Teapot
Here are the most important things to consider before buying a Moroccan teapot:
1- Teapot Composition
Whether you are shopping your Moroccan teapot in Morocco or online (Amazon, eBay, etc.), always start by checking the composition the teapot is made of.
The composition of good quality Moroccan tea pots is usually stainless steel. With this material, the teapot won’t be transferring bad chemicals to your drink. Besides, stainless steel teapots are more durable and will last for decades if taken care of. We have in my family some Moroccan teapots that are over 50 years old and still looking amazing!
Stainless steel teapots can be a little more expensive than teapots made with other materials, like aluminum or copper. But it’s a much safer option and as I mentioned earlier, much more durable. They are worth every penny.
2- Resistance to Heat
A good Moroccan teapot should also be heat resistant, as it will be in direct contact with stove heat for at least 2 minutes.
In fact, to make authentic Moroccan mint tea, Moroccans steep tea and mint leaves in boiling water for a few minutes. This means that the teapot should be able to handle very high temperatures for a short period of time.
If you are thinking of using your ceramic or clay teapot, let me tell you it’s a bad idea. I tried once and my beautiful teapot cracked in no time!
The best is to find a Moroccan teapot that is heat resistant. it should be specified by the vendor as many Moroccan teapots are for decorative purposes, meaning you can use them to serve tea but not to make it.
3- Tea pot Serving Size
Another thing to check is your teapot serving size needs.
In Morocco, traditional mint tea is served in small cups. Quality is more important than quantity and it’s very rare to be served more than two cups during the same gathering.
Moroccans drink their tea very slowly until it is no longer hot, then the host pours a little more to warm their cup.
That’s why large teapots are best for gatherings with 4 people or more. If you want to use your Moroccan teapot in a small gathering (2 or 3 persons) look for teapots that are around 16 ounces or 0.5 liters.
4- Finding the Right Teapot for your Stove
Besides the heat resistance, your teapot should be compatible with your stove. Depending on your stove-type (induction-based, gas, etc.) some Moroccan teapots will work and others might not.
5- Focusing on Basic teapots
Another tip I always go by especially when I am gifting teapots, is focusing on basic stainless steel teapots. By basic, I mean that the teapot will not have feet, like in the picture below.
The fact that these teapots have no feet makes them compatible with most stove types. But you still need to check the product specifications and confirm with the seller if needed.
Where I Shop my Moroccan Teapots
To be honest, I must have more Moroccan teapots than a human will need in a lifetime. I love gifting my teapots, using them for decor and collecting designs that remind me of my childhood in Morocco.
I shop most of my teapots from Morocco. It’s less expensive especially in some Medinas and souks where I know I can find non-counterfeit products.
Tip: If you are visiting Morocco, check my Morocco Shopping Guide where I go through Morocco markets’ rules and dynamics. This guide is so helpful when shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs in Morocco.
For other options closer to home, I always restock from Little Moroccan Things and sometimes Amazon.
Authentic Moroccan tea pots are handmade in the city of Fez, in Morocco. The quality will often be top-notch and believe me, you will love using them!
Have fun ♡
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Thanks that was a lovely read and helpful for buying a new teapot. I have bought a second-hand teapot which needs cleaning. I cannot tell what it is made from as it is dark grey and tarnished. It had a stamp into the metal on the underside which has what looks like a leaping deer or horse and some Moroccan writing with two star shapes, all inside an oval. Does this mean it’s silver? Once I know what it is made of, I can decide whether to use it and how to best clean it. It is very pretty.
Response from Moroccanzest
Thanks, Marilyn ♡ Happy you enjoyed reading this guide.
About your teapot, I don’t think the stamp means it’s silver-made. We have a quite similar stamp on our teapots on LittleMoroccanThings and they are stainless steel. The stamp usually shows where the teapot was made or who made the teapot. It’s like a signature.
You can send me the picture via contact[at]moroccanzest.com and I can check for you 😉 -xxx
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 Moroccanzest
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
Very Helpful Recommendations
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 Moroccanzest
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!
Is my pot a fake?
Thank you. I was in a hurry when I bought my teapot in Morocco. I usually research first. Anyway, of course the vendor told me it was from Fes, but I see only the word SPLENDORS on the bottom. I looked at a few and they all seemed similar. Now I am wondering if it is stainless. It looks like the one in your top photo. Thank you.
Response from Moroccanzest
Hi Bridget! It’s hard to tell, unfortunately. non-stainless steel teapots have the same designs as the stainless steel ones, only the material is different. Was the teapot very cheap? usually, stainless steel teapots are the most expensive teapots in the shop.