Is Your Teapot a Dribbler?

Teapots can sometimes be dribblers. Is yours? We’re not talking about whether your teapot is a basketball star or not. Of course, that would be quite a sight to see — a teapot dribbling a basketball down the court, weaving in and out between the legs of those giant players towering above him, and going for that jumpshot. Score!

No indeed, we’re not talking about anything like that here. At least, not until I’ve had a major sugar fix and succumb to some kind of sucrose induced imagery running through my brain.

Lemon Slice Tea Drip Catcher
Lemon Slice Tea Drip Catcher

We’re talking about the heartache of tea dribbles running down the spout of your teapot after pouring yourself a nice hot cuppa. They are the bane of the tea hostess, the scourge of the well-mannered teapot, and a badge of shame for the potter who designed the spout.

Dripology is an ancient but inexact science. How to shape the teapot spot for the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality is one aspect of it. Another is pouring technique, from the stylized motions of a Japanese tea ceremony to the tea server in a Moroccan restaurant that pours into your cup from about 2 feet or so above it without a drop going astray. You can achieve a fair degree of dripology competency by paying close attention to the shape of the spout when buying a teapot and practicing your pouring techniques.

Or you can purchase a drip catcher.

What will they think of next? The tea world already involves a host of gadgets with one express purpose: tea enjoyment. There are teabag holders (some call them tea tidies), strainers, infusers, tea balls, spoon rests, cream pitchers, sugar bowls, honey pots, a plethora of teacups and saucers, mugs, and teapots, limited only by the imagination of designers and the willingness of customers to buy them, and much more. New items are conceived and brought into the realm of reality on an almost daily basis.

A drip catcher — simple, humble, and effective — is designed to prevent your teapot from dribbling after pouring. You slide it over the spout (obviously), and it absorbs the errant drops of tea making a quick getaway down that spout.

Why worry about your teapot dribbling? If you keep your teapot in a snuggy style cozy like I do, those dribbles will discolor the cozy. They also leave an unsightly “trail” down the spout and the side of the teapot, not to mention a puddle on your counter or table that dries into a stain. All in all, not a pretty sight. No wonder some crafty person conceived this creation.

Time to buy one for every teapot in my arsenal!

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