Category Archives: Tea Wares

From teapots to gaiwans, tiny sipper cups to big mugs that need to be held by both of your hands, tea wares for steeping and enjoying tea cover a wide range of options.

The Tea Trolley

“Clang! Clang! Clang went the trolley…” sang Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. But it was definitely not a tea trolley. It was just some big, noisy contrivance that ran along rails laid down in the streets of St. Louis and that had a loud bell on it that was rung when the conductor had to alert cars and pedestrians of its coming. Imagine if they had served tea on those trolleys. On second thought, the real tea trolleys are better. And far less messy. Let this little teapot show you how. TOOOT! Continue reading The Tea Trolley

Choose Your Path to Tea – Asian, European, or…

Pursuing the enjoyment and knowledge of tea is a real journey, and there are several paths you can follow. There is the European path, the Asian path, the Middle Eastern path, the American path,…

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Meet 2 Fab Teapot Makers!

We teapots are essential to your tea time, dear humans, and fortunately for you we come is an astoundingly wide array of styles. We also seem to be a very attractive thing for potters to make. They are drawn to shaping clay into various teapot styles. Some are handmade and others are off an assembly line (actually slip clay poured into molds). Your ever informative teapot buddy (me!) wanted to showcase a couple of the humans who make teapots by hand. Check ‘em out! TOOOT! Continue reading Meet 2 Fab Teapot Makers!

3 Ways to Display Those Tea Wares in Your Home

Teapots (like me and my cousins), teacups, sugar/creamer sets, and other tea wares can tend to build up in your home. We all deserve better than to be shoved into cupboards or stacked haphazardly on shelves. We deserve to be on display where we will add to the ambience. Here are three ways to maximize that quality. TOOOT! Continue reading 3 Ways to Display Those Tea Wares in Your Home

Your Guide to Tea Kettles Is Here!

This little teapot slaved over a hot computer keyboard. Okay, so my humans helped. And our guide to tea kettles is now here.

The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to Tea Kettles

Take a peek and enjoy! TOOOT!

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Are Tea Infusers Coming Between You and Your Tea?

Are tea infusers really needed? Or are they just coming between you and your tea? This little teapot is here to help you humans answer these questions (and learn a little more about infusers in the process). TOOOT! Continue reading Are Tea Infusers Coming Between You and Your Tea?

Tea Strainers vs. Tea Bags

Tea strainers vs. tea bags has been a debate going on with you tea drinkers for some time now. It’s easy to see why. You want a cup of tea. You want a quality cup of tea. You want a quality cup of tea NOW! The odd thing is that most people resort to – ugh! – bagged tea. “What’s wrong with bagged tea?” you ask. Good question. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote, “Let me count the ways.” Continue reading Tea Strainers vs. Tea Bags

Teapot Styles – Electric

You read that right: electric teapots. Sure there are tons of electric kettles, but electric teapots are a little less well-known. Apparently, they were the rage at one time but are now found on ebay.com and in consignment shops — which is where my humans found this one. We have named him “Ed.”

When you search online for electric teapots, they will, in true programmerthink, feed you back what they assume you must mean: electric kettles. To programmers I guess this makes sense. Electric kettles are more numerous and have been around longer, with the first one supposedly having been made around 1891. To see electric teapots, you have to search for “electric teapots made in japan” or some such phrase. This pops up quite an array, including ones like “Ed.” I’ve selected a few of the more impressive ones to show you here, and “Ed,” of course. His feeling would have been hurt if I left him out.

  • “Ed” — Best to start out with him so he doesn’t pout around the kitchen all day. This little teapot has a hand painted moss rose design, a heating element inside, a cord connection outside, and a lid sporting a little birdie on it and a small hole that makes it whistle when the water boils. Cuteness personified. My humans saw him at a local consignment shop and couldn’t resist. Of course, they asked the shop owner to test him out, which she gladly did. He is watertight (no unsightly leaking all over the store’s countertop) and heats water quickly. They brought him home without further ado, introduced him to me and the rest of my gang of tea steep wares, and found him a cozy spot to rest when “off duty.”
  • Vintage Maruka Minamiyama Seitosho Japan Ceramic Electric Teapot — According to the listing, this dates from the 1960s and is ceramic. It was made by Maruka Minamiyama Seitosho Japan and has an illustration featuring umbrellas and flowers. It is 4” in diameter, 7” tall (measured to the top of the lid) and has an electric (A/C) cord that connects to the heating mechanism inside the teapot. Quite a conversation piece.
  • Yellow teapot Minamiyama Seitosho Japanese teapot electric with cord — Made by Minamiyama Seitosho. Ceramic with bright yellow paint. About 8” tall and 4-5” wide. The listing states that this one didn’t work when tested, possibly due to corrosion on one of the prongs for the electric cord. Still great to display and show your tea time guests.
  • Electric teapot — White ceramic with hand painted blue flower design. Owner states: “Works great element gets very hot and fast. Electric cord is included.” Personally, I would refrain from using it to steep tea. It’s just too rare to risk it.

I suspect that these teapots didn’t last long because they weren’t too practical or sturdy. Plus, other devices supplanted them, especially increasingly improved electric kettles and teapot warmers. Of course, a faster pace of life also led to folks getting away from steeping in a teapot and instead dunking that teabag in a mug of hot water. “Ed” is here as more of a display piece, but my humans like knowing he can pitch in when the steeping duties get to be too much for the other Tea Gang members.

Next time you’re in a thrift shop, antiques mall, or consignment shop, keep an eye out for one of these little beauties. Don’t be shy about asking them to test it, especially since a lot of these places consider all sales to be final.

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tea_blog_lyt-solo005bHi, humans, this site is under my editorial excellence. I, your lovable and sassy Little Yellow Teapot, authors articles on tea, etc., and edit the occasional guest article. All in the interest of helping you humans have a better tea experience. TOOOT!

 

The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to Tea Storage

You humans spend a lot of time and money on tea and then throw a lot of it out, usually due to poor storage. Time for your faithful little teapot buddy to lend a hand by passing along my wisdom gained over the years for how you can store those teas to extend their “shelf life” and save you money. Continue reading The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to Tea Storage