This teapot... Where do I start? This is another big time gear grinder. While this is not necessarily edible, it does often accompany edible items at restaurants.
This is one of the most poorly designed objects in the world that sees significant usage. Pretty much everything about this is wrong as if it was purposely designed for minimal user satisfaction. It should be quite obvious what the issues are with this teapot design, but in case it's not clear, I'll briefly run through all the issues. (1) The shape of the pot and location of the spout don't lend themselves to easy pouring. In fact, this is likely the absolute worst combination of the two. (2) The position of the handle puts maximum torque on your hand when you lift it to pour. It also results in maximum rotation radius, which means it takes up much more space than it needs to when you try to pour out of it. (3) The lid doesn't lock, and because you have to tilt the teapot 90 degrees to pour, you need to hold the lid in place or it just falls right out.
Any one of these issues isn't catastrophic on its own, but the combination of the three makes for the perfect storm of worst tea pouring experience of your life. The only thing worse than this teapot is the fact that it's standard issue for many Chinese restaurants. Having to use it once in a while is one thing. Having to use it multiple times in multiple restaurants is plain cruel.
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