We have already mentioned it in other pages, for example when we talked about Turkish teapots, Japanese teapots or some others. There are regions or countries in the world where tea is more than just a drink: it is part of their culture. This is the case with Moorish tea, and with the utensil used to prepare it: the genuine Moroccan silver teapot.
The Moroccan teapot is also known as the Moorish teapot, derived from the name of Moorish tea: the typical preparation of the tea infusion made with these – and only these – peculiar Arab teapots. It is a mint tea, the preparation of which we will review at the end of this article.
On this page we will briefly review what are the characteristic features of the Moroccan teapot, and also how you can get your hands on one.
Of course, nowadays you can easily find a Moroccan teapot on Amazon (where you can find everything), but the truth is that outside the online sphere it is quite difficult to find them. Unless you live in a border area or close to Moroccan artisans who can export pieces like this one.
Characteristics of Moroccan teapots
Moroccan teapots have a strong cultural and traditional component, so that, although we can find many shapes and styles in the shops nowadays, an authentic Moroccan teapot will always be characterised by the following features:
- They are handmade by Moroccan craftsmen (the authentic ones, we insist).
- They do not have an infuser.
- They are silver teapots, or at most silver-plated nickel silver. They may have some ornaments, but silver is always the predominant colour.
- They have four small legs at the base.
- They are elaborately finished and richly detailed.
- There are different sizes, but they are usually around a litre and a half.
- In many cases they serve as a decorative object, and not only as a functional one.
- They can be bought separately, but it is usual to accompany the Moroccan tea pot with a silver tray and a set of six glasses (we will discuss these possibilities in the next section).
Moroccan teapot sets with glasses
We have only talked about teapots so far, but the fact is that the service is not complete without the classic Moroccan tea set with glasses.
A Moroccan tea service, apart from the teapot, also consists of a silver tray and six crystal glasses. Sometimes the tray is replaced or complemented by six small silver coasters, and the glasses may also be decorated in coloured glass.
The price of a Moroccan teapot with glasses is usually not much more than the price of a stand-alone Arabic teapot, so it is usually worth it. Be aware, however, that these sets take up considerably more space than a teapot on its own – mainly because of the presence of the tray – and that the glass vessels are quite fragile if not stored carefully. If you can afford it, the ideal thing to do is to keep them displayed in a glass cabinet as decoration when you are not using them.
Moroccan teapots made of nickel silver
A silver Moroccan teapot will always be the norm, but in some cases we can also find silver-plated nickel silver teapots. The price is usually a little lower, but the truth is that they are also less common models and there are few options to choose from with complete sets of Moroccan teapots with cups and tray.
Take a look at the following alternatives if you want to buy a Moroccan alpaca teapot on Amazon:
Stainless steel Arabic teapots
An authentic Moroccan teapot should be made of silver, but there are some models of stainless steel Arabic teapots, which have less ornate designs, with softer engravings and are perhaps more functional for everyday use. They are easier to clean and maintain.
The basic shape of the Moroccan steel teapot, however, remains the same to allow for the traditional brewing of mint tea.
The best Moroccan teapot? Recommendation
All Moroccan teapots have – or should have – the same essential characteristics, so trying to differentiate between them is a trivial task.
However, if we are looking for the best Moroccan teapot, we can go for a model with an attractive design and a suitable size, such as the one we present here, with a capacity of 1.6 litres, and a striking golden finish.
It stands out because it is made of stainless steel and could therefore be used on a modern induction cooker, which is common in many countries. The silver ones are much more traditional, but perhaps less practical for everyday household use.
- Teapot in Moroccan style High quality, oriental Teapot with filter
- Made of high quality stainless steel and safe materials.
- Stylish and fashionable chrome design
- Available for all types of hobs
- Stylish and durable handle and knob
Are there Moroccan teapots for induction?
Is silver suitable for induction cookers? No. The answer in these cases is the same. On an induction hob, you can only use pots with a ferrous base (i.e. pots to which a magnet can be attached) directly on the induction hob. For example, iron or many stainless steels. Silver is not among these materials.
You will only be able to use a Moroccan induction teapot in the case of those made of stainless steel, as we have seen before in a previous section. But you know that these are not the “typical” ones.
If you absolutely need an induction teapot, we advise you to consult the guide we have designed for this purpose.
How is Moroccan tea made?
Moroccan tea, or Arab tea, has some very particular characteristics. As well as being prepared in a typical Moroccan teapot, it is a very sweetened tea -although it can be sweetened to taste- and flavoured with mint or mint. This is why you may also know it as mint tea.
Authentic Moroccan tea is traditionally brewed in one of the teapots we talked about on this page, but you can use a normal pan if you don’t have anything else handy in the kitchen. Green tea is also used for the infusion. The other ingredients, apart from water, are sugar and mint leaves.
To find out how to make Moroccan mint tea, check out these steps: