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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Finding a Tea (Pet) Companion

Tea pets are a delightful, if less well-known, element of tea drinking that most often feature in gong fu tea preparation. Made of yixing clay, tea pets (also known as tea mascots) absorb the flavour of tea because of the clay’s porous, unsealed nature. Yixing teapots often feature an animal on the body or lid, and …

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My Yixing Teapots

I love my Yixing teapots. Mind you, I only have a few (seven at last count). These teapots don't come cheap, and I live on a modest budget. Yet for many types of tea, there is simply nothing better than Yixing brewing. The hot, seasoned clay can produces a rich flavor that I've not been …

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Teapot Museums

By William I. Lengeman III Nowadays there are any number of ways to prepare a cup of tea. But one of the most time-honored and popular methods is that old standby – hot water, tea and a teapot. Many teapots are simple devices, but many others are impressive works of art in their own right. …

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