Star Wars Teaware

After months of waiting, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally going to be released onto DVD! Many of their fans can now own a piece of the most recent movie in the well-loved Star Wars trilogy. To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, English Tea Store is proud to present a range of …

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Teapot History: Debuting Our Favorite Brown Betty

How do you serve your tea? Do you simply brew a cup? Or do you serve from a teapot? Whether it is for two people or six, teapots have been around for centuries. Teapots come in many forms, sizes, and are made in several materials like ceramic, metal, silver, or even glass. The earliest teapots …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 5 Plus Bonus Recipe!

Part of the Brown Betty's charm and claim to fame is that it is made from red clay, or terra cotta, making it a ceramic tea pot. What the heck is terra cotta, though? It translates from the Italian to "baked earth." It is a porous clay that is mostly used for sculptures and flower pots …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 4

The Brown Betty, originally a small, unglazed teapot, was created over 300 years ago when the Elder Brothers discovered a red clay in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Staffordshire. This clay allowed for greater heat retention and the rounded shape of the pot encouraged "agony of the leaves," or the free swirl to steep! The famous dark …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 1

My 4 cup Brown Betty arrived today. I requested it after receiving questions like, "how do I season this?" "What's the difference between the older Brown Betties and the newer?" Our blog has some information on the humble Brown Betty but is lacking so far. I am reminded of the customer who ordered a simple, …

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Women’s Day Product Feature

We are please to announce Woman's Day chose our Tea for One as their Pretty Pick, in February 2015's issue. The Amsterdam Tea For One featured comes in more than a dozen cheery colors and we have guaranteed the $10.99 price during the run of this issue. This set is very affordable and durable, and …

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Nature and Your Teapot – Looking Too Much Alike?

Various items in nature – plants, birds, fish, animals, insects, mountains, and so on – have been inspirations for artists and craftsmen for years. Sometimes, though, it seems that the resemblance is a little too uncanny! Thus it was the day we found a whole, intact cicada shell (the exoskeleton that he had wriggled his …

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What to Do About a Drippy Teapot Spout

There you are pouring tea for your guests and yourself (the tea time “mother” always pours for herself last), and the teapot is dripping all over the place every time you tilt it back up after the pour. How awkward! What can you do about that drippy teapot spout? Well, I have several suggestions. But …

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Kettles, Teapots, and Kettle Teapots

There are kettles. There are teapots. And there are kettle teapots. Yep, I said “kettle teapots” … or even “teapot kettles” as some call them. They have been around about as long as humans have been drinking tea, but they tend not to be as in the public eye. Time to give them some exposure, …

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The Thrill of Seeing a Teapot Like One You Have Posted Somewhere Online

If you spend quite a bit of time online, especially on social media sites following some of your fave companies (like the owners of this blog), sooner or later you’re going to see a photo of some teapot just like one you own. It happened to me the other day and was significant in part …

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