Tea cups and teapots

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Tea Traveler Mug from Teas Etc

I’m celebrating the advent of winter with a snuffly nose this year, so in light of my decreased capacity for sensing aromas, I’ve decided to forego the tea review and write instead about Teas Etc’s new tea travel mug.

Last year, when I put together my article about tea travel mugs, Teas Etc’s travel mug came out as one of my top two picks. With the release of their new BPA-free Tea Traveler, Teas Etc generously sent me two Travelers for review — one for me, one for Bec.

Would you pay $20,000 for this Japanese Tetsubin?

While browsing on eBay for tetsubins, I came across this gorgeous tetsubin.

Beautiful, no? Suffice it to say, at $20,000 USD it’s a little out of my price range!

From the seller’s description:

Approximately late 19th century, museum quality metal work, Japanese tetsubin teapot with exquisite and impressive gold and silver inlay work depicting beautiful floral motif and bird. It is excellent in condition. No repair, no cracks or chips, no leaking. This is the best of the best quality tetsubin teapot I have ever seen. Its quality is the highest and its condition is so excellent, and so I am very much confident to this museum quality masterpiece.

Copco 16-Ounce Stainless Steel Thermal Mug

Just a few weeks after I received the Travel Buddy tea mug for Sinterklaas, the folks at Copco sent me the latest addition to their Total Tea range: a stainless steel tea thermal mug.

There are a few things I really like about the Copco thermal tumbler, but there is one definite standout feature: the twist-to-stop steeping feature, a device that allows you to control how long your tea steeps for. It’s simple, intuitive and shows that Copco understand tea drinkers’ needs.

Travel Buddy Infuser Tea Mug Review

This year for Sinterklaas (the Dutch, superior version of Santa Clause), the great Sint gifted me with a Travel Buddy Tea Travel Mug. Seems like the Sint must have read my post about travel tea mugs. :) Thanks Sint! Finally I can enjoy a nice cup of tea on the train in the mornings.

This particular Travel Buddy was bought in Malaysia, but since getting it I have noticed it in a shop here in Melbourne, as well as on Pure Puer. For any of you considering buying one, here are my thoughts.

Pictures of My Yixing Tea Set

How photogenic is yixing teaware?

Tokoname Teapot KI703 from O-Cha

Technically, when you buy someone a present it’s supposed to be because they want it, not because you want it.

But I seriously love this tokoname teapot I bought for Bec this Christmas. I got her a green tea starter pack from O-Cha, which means you pick a teapot, cup, tea and extra accessories or tea and get a 10% discount.

Steampunk Teapot

How cool is this?

The Steampunk Teapot is the work of Michael Morarity. It’s inspired by steampunk, which according to that great arbiter of all human argument, Wikipedia, is a sub-genre of the “fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Tea Travel Mugs: A Buyer’s Overview of the Options

I have a tendency to lose travel mugs. This year I’ve lost two. The first one I left at a post office ? 15 minutes later I returned to see if it was there or if someone had handed it over to the staff, but no. Someone just took it. How did I lose the second one? Left it on the train. As simple as that.

But it’s awfully handy having a travel mug, so lately I’ve been checking out some of the options available out there. Turns out there is quite a bit of choice for those of us who like to take their tea on the road. In this post I’ve compiled a list of some of the factors to consider and a run-down of some of the best choices available to tea drinkers.

3 Brilliant Tea Kettle Designs: Tea-Off Competition Winners

Just as I introduce my new series of posts on novelty tea ware, World Kitchen just go and make my job a whole lot easier with a tea kettle design competition.

How to Use a Gaiwan

I confess: I’ve never used a gaiwan.

But this excellent video by MarshalN explains the basic technique of brewing tea with a gaiwan, without delving into overly complicated ideas. If, like me, you’re new to gaiwans, this video should give you the crash course you’re looking for.