Perfect for steeping a wide range of teas. Since the design is similar to french press, the leaves have plenty of room to expand, resulting in a better extraction than in a basket where the leaves are in contact with each other, and not the water. Additionally the mesh screen keeps the tea leaves submerged. The mesh is suited for filtering a wide range of teas, even sencha. The screen can be removed for easy cleaning. Please note that our teapots are not intended for use on a stovetop or microwave.