4 Top Tips for Getting Rid of Those Pesky Teacup Stains!

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts Whether you are a frequent tea drinker or a one-a-day type of person, you will undoubtedly have come across unsightly tea staining on the inside of your cup. This is caused by the tannin found in the tea leaves, leaving behind a brown residue in your mug. It's a …

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Some Tea Décor Items for Your Home

Teapots and teacups aren’t just for steeping tea and drinking it anymore. These days, they serve as garden décor and bird feeders (as seen in this article), but they are also seen as décor items around the house. You can add that certain tea time touch to your house with some of the items I …

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Teacup Shapes Compared

Teacup shapes are varied and many. They can be quite mind-boggling, in fact, but a quick comparison will help sort the handy from the not-so-handy, the practical from the impractical, the visually pleasing from the eyesores, and so on. Some folks would probably say that any teacup shape that holds tea is fine. In truth, …

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Teacup Styles — Form and Function

Form follows function. At least, that’s what a lot of designers, me included, tend to say and follow. It is as true of teacup styles as it is of User Interface Design (my former profession). First, it might be good to look at what the functions of a teacup are: To hold tea To drink …

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Dunoon Tea Mug Design Classics

Some of my favorite tea mugs are from Dunoon. I have sipped many a hot cuppa with meals or by itself, during stormy weather or clear, in beastly heat or bone-chilling cold. Those mugs have never let me down. Time to check out some of their classic designs and see which you might want for …

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The Language of Teacup Design

Teacup designs have a language all their own, and when you learn it, you can enjoy your tea even more! Here is a handy chart (with mostly teacups from my own collection but one or two found online) to serve as your interpreter: As you can see, this cup is large enough to hold a …

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Aroma Cup Sets – the Playful and Conscious Way to Enjoy Your Tea

You’ve all seen them before, those sets of pairs of tiny cups, one of them high and slim, the other one flat and wide, each of them holding no more than 0.05 l of tea when filled to spill-over level, which they usually are. They can be put into each other in various ways, look …

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In My Cups: Indian Clay

I believe I’ve mentioned here once or twice that since 1998 I’ve been running an online chat group that over the years has attracted members from around the globe, from consumers to tea professionals. Some years ago the group was discussing disposable cups and the effects they have on the tea served in them. This …

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Does a Paper Cup Really Affect Tea Taste?

Finding myself out and about one day, and being the total Tea Princess that I am, I needed to purchase a cup of tea from a café. The very thought of drinking tea from a paper cup was intimidating but made me wonder. Does a paper cup really affect tea taste? Let’s take a moment …

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In My Cups: Lacquerware

Ever since I was a kid I was intrigued by the beautiful, exotic arts of Japan. I used to go to the library to look through their enormous volume of Hokusai prints, and I never missed a museum exhibition of Japanese arts or crafts. I’ve learned and taught origami, dabbled in Japanese brush painting, and …

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