Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

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Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:14 pm

I have 2 groups of Hojo Kobiwako clay kyusu made by Maekawa Junzo. Kobiwako clay in my experience brews sencha incredibly well. Others have shared their experiences with other types of tea under the Japanese Teaware forum.

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This is the 2nd group. I purchased these a few weeks ago. They are current generation Kobiwako clay kyusu.

Unlike the first group, these are perfect and brand new ... just a bit lower in height than I generally prefer. It was hard to tell by Hojo's single photo of each.

They are direct wall filter/screen. I have 2 (taller) that  I am keeping, and the filter works flawlessly and the pour is perfect! Very well made!

TBH, I would not mind keeping any of these. I love the texture, feel, and function of them. And they brew my tea of choice to a perfect 10 ... arguably as well as any clay I own.
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The one on the left is the largest at 260 ml.
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Middle one is 230 ml.
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SOLD! And on the right, 210 ml.
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Each sold for 13800 Japanese Yen or 125 USD plus shipping. 125 USD each is my sale price plus 10 USD shipping to anywhere in the USA ... will refund any overpayment for shipping. (I paid for EMS shipping from Japan but am NOT passing this on)
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:50 pm

One comparison between these and the first gen Kobiwako that I posted in another topic ... that you cannot see.

The first gen kyusu have a very rapid pour ... among that fastest of any kyusu I own. The spout opening is considerably wider.

This current generation version has a more ... refined pour. It is slower, less apt to splash, and I do not feel the need to control it. I can be a bit more of a show off when I pour ... and who has not with a kyusu! :mrgreen:

Perhaps as a result, these do not seem prone to dribbling under the spout like the first gen.

I sense an overall refinement to the ... process. As I would expect.
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Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:52 pm

Wow! I guess we are going to get quite a few reviews of Kobiwakos clays performance in the future!
I own one and can highly recommend them for anyone liking green-ish teas, Japanese or Taiwanese HM.

Fabulous clay!
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:40 pm

Nice pots, I have one as well :)
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Fri May 03, 2019 2:04 pm

Okay, okay, I can’t resist trying this kyusu. Going for the more horizontal 210ml with nice big opening :)
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Fri May 03, 2019 3:27 pm

210 ml is sold.

Two remain, 230 ml and 260 ml.

It is shincha-time! Perfect time to get a great clay for brewing sencha. I just brewed the O-Cha 20th anniversary Sae Midori. The direct wall screen pour was flawless and the liquor was mesmerizing!

I also brewed this with a Gisui direct wall screen kyusu and had a lot of difficulty with it clogging up ... just sayin ...
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