PORCELAIN FILTER

A porcelain tea filter.

Designed to sit over our house gong dao bei, this conical filter separates tea leaves and particulates from tea liquor. Whether decanted through an in-built filter or gaiwan lid, small bits of leaf and tea dust are liable to escape into the finished steep—using a secondary filter like this one ensures a clean cup of tea free of leaf material.

Made of thick porcelain, the filter features a wide mouth and tall walls, a smooth off-white finish, and pop-out mesh for easy cleaning. Filters like this are usually used in small-format tea steeping (see: Gongfu), but it will fit over most mugs and tea cups, too, for when you want to decant a steep directly into your drinking vessel. As useful as it is decorative, this filter will last you years.

Rinse and dry thoroughly after each use.
For staining, scrub gently with melamine foam.