Stainless Steel Teapot Gives Fancy Coffee a Run for its Money

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Joey Roth, the designer behind Dwell's favorite ceramic speakers, spent four years designing the perfect teapot. How does it hold up?

Designer Joey Roth has introduced a hand-finished steel-and-glass teapot with a spout sieve that allows hot water into the glass steeping chamber while keeping out the leaves when pouring. To brew, you open open the handle to pop out the Pyrex tube. Fill that with leaves, seal it back in the handle, then pour hot water through the spout. When it’s steeped and ready to pour, the sieve on the end keeps the leaves inside. Photo  of Stainless Steel Teapot Gives Fancy Coffee a Run for its Money modern homeView Photos

Designer Joey Roth has introduced a hand-finished steel-and-glass teapot with a spout sieve that allows hot water into the glass steeping chamber while keeping out the leaves when pouring. To brew, you open open the handle to pop out the Pyrex tube. Fill that with leaves, seal it back in the handle, then pour hot water through the spout. When it’s steeped and ready to pour, the sieve on the end keeps the leaves inside.

“Sorapot 2 is a realization of my original design intent,” Roth says. “It's lighter, its geometry is more subtle and precise, and it uses about half the stainless steel of the first version.” The center tube holds 11 ounces, or about enough for two teacups. The whole rig, without water, weighs roughly three pounds. Photo  of Stainless Steel Teapot Gives Fancy Coffee a Run for its Money modern homeView Photos

“Sorapot 2 is a realization of my original design intent,” Roth says. “It's lighter, its geometry is more subtle and precise, and it uses about half the stainless steel of the first version.” The center tube holds 11 ounces, or about enough for two teacups. The whole rig, without water, weighs roughly three pounds.

Bottom line: If coffee-making can be elevated into an art form, why not tea? 

The pot retails for $285 via Joey Roth (ships November 2014). Photo  of Stainless Steel Teapot Gives Fancy Coffee a Run for its Money modern homeView Photos

Bottom line: If coffee-making can be elevated into an art form, why not tea?

The pot retails for $285 via Joey Roth (ships November 2014).