Staff Picks: Shirley Hu

Shirley has been with Imperial Tea Court since 2001, working first at the original Chinatown teahouse and now in the Ferry Building. Her home town is Tianjin, China. Shirley's pick is the Lotus Seed of Friendship yi xing teapot. In her words:

This teapot is made from high-quality purple sand clay, high-fired. It makes a good sound when you rub the top on the rim. It pours smoothly and when you hold it, it feels comfortable and balanced. I like the design, with an inscribed poem and plum blossoms, and the flat top and round body. It's a good size for four people. You can use it for either pu er or oolong tea.