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
Whether you are shopping your teapot in Morocco or online (I will share my favorite links below, here are the most important things to consider before buying a Moroccan teapot.
1- 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!
Your Moroccan teapot should be 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.
This being said, remember to ALWAYS USE it with a heat diffuser. Not only it will preserve your teapot in the long run, but it will also keep its aesthetic avoiding dark burn spots.
2- Focusing on Basic teapots
Another tip I always recommend is focusing on basic teapots. By basic, I mean that the teapot will not have feet, like the one in the picture below.
The fact that these teapots have no feet makes them more likely to be compatible with most stove types.
3- Moroccan Tea pot Serving Size
In Morocco, traditional mint tea is served in small Moroccan 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. If you are hosting 4+ people, get a 32oz teapot. Otherwise, a 16oz teapot will be more than enough (and will cost less).
Moroccan tea glasses come in all colors and designs. They can be discrete or bold. Moroccans also love mixing different glass colors in the same set. There are no rules and it all comes to your personal taste.
If you are looking for typical Moroccan cups to use with your Moroccan teapot, here is a lovely selection of Moroccan glasses.
4- Teapot Quality
When it comes to Moroccan teapots, the quality varies A LOT, depending on the artisan/merchant, composition, and weight of the teapot.
Most teapots available in the market are very lightweight, which means that the engravings are going to be of lower quality, but also meaning the teapot is not going to be long-lasting. These teapots are often at very competitive prices, and while they might be interesting for someone who doesn’t care about quality and durability, they are a trap for someone looking for artisanally made Moroccan teapots.
In fact, the many so-called Moroccan teapots in the market are made in China or India, and have nothing to do with Morocco or artisanal craftsmanship. They are made in factories, most of the time with lower quality, and they often copy the Moroccan designs.
On the other hand, artisanally-made Moroccan teapots are made to last if used correctly. They are of better quality and more durable with precise and gorgeous engravings. We have in my family some artisanal Moroccan teapots that are over 50 years old and that still look amazing!
If you are looking for an artisanal Moroccan teapot to use on your stove, this teapot from Little Moroccan Things is a great catch! It’s compatible with all stove types (don’t forget the heat diffuser though!) and it’s a pure gem, handmade by artisans in Morocco.
Shopping Moroccan Teapots in Morocco
I get many of my teapots from Morocco whenever I’m visiting the country. 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 and Souks. This guide is so helpful when shopping cookware, handicrafts, and souvenirs in Morocco.
Have fun ♡
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Could you recommend another teapot in stock
I have a friend who just bought a home and she is Moroccan, I wanted to give her a house warming gift. I was thinking of a teapot set but the ones you suggested is sold out. What are others you recommend or when someone buys a home what are traditional house warming gift suggestions ?
Response from Moroccanzest
Hi Erika, Can you wait another 2 weeks or so? If yes, Little Moroccan Things is going to restock very soon. They bring teapots from Morocco, and with the current covid situation, the re-stocking takes time. They have the perfect products if you are looking for authentic Moroccan handicrafts made by artisans.
If you need a recommendation sooner, I sent you an email to discuss further. Warmly. Safa
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!