My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


My Tea Break gift guide 2013

Christmas is just around the corner so we decided to put together a Tea inspired gift guide.

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1. Taste of China Tea Hamper (£30) from CantonTea

2. Nomu Teapot (£36) from ENO Studio available on Fab.eu

3. Retro Tea Print ($24.99) from visualphilosophy available on Etsy

4. Silver Needle White Tea (£13.50) from Jing

5. Christmas Cup (£8) from Make International available on Fab.eu

6. White Lotus & Green Tea Shower Foam (£8.50) from Rituals

7. Cape Colony Rooibos (£7) from The East India Company

8. Miso & Walnut Biscuits (£5.50) from William Curley

9. Yakushima Sencha Green Tea (£9.95) from Postcard Teas

We hope this guide will help you find some inspiration for friends, family and yourself.

For more ideas check some of our pinterest boards: http://www.pinterest.com/myteabreak/

Happy Tea Break!

Tania & Mariana


Heath Ceramics

Edith Heath (1911–2005), a talented ceramicist,  founded Heath Ceramics in 1948.  Edith had a strong point of view on the product that her company would make — simple, good things for good people.

Edith’s passion for ceramics led to advances in clay and glaze development, which secured Heath its unique place in ceramics history. Her pieces were designed to enjoy a single kiln firing, at a lower than normal temperature, thus saving energy, while remarkably producing a durable and non-porous product. This Great Depression mentality motivated her to design and produce long-lasting products with integrity, in a responsible manner.

Today, Heath Ceramics is considered among the most enduring examples of mid-century design. Found in restaurants, homes and museums worldwide, Heath Ceramics is synonymous with simple, functional and thoughtfully designed tableware and tile.

It’s worth taking a look at their cups and mugs:

For more information about Heath Ceramics visit http://www.heathceramics.com/

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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Timely Steeping

I love gadgets so I am always searching for new Tea gadgets. I am completely in love with this Tea steeper concept by designer Pengtao Yu. The design is intuitive and creates a simple but elegant interaction between the Tea leaves, water and steeping time through a flipping action to start the timer.

The product is currently under development so still not available to buy but we will notify you when it’s ready.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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FORLIFE Teapots

I am absolutely in love with FORLIFE Teapots, cups and mugs. FORLIFE was established in 1994 by the ceramic designer and entrepreneur, Masa Fujii, in Los Angeles. The design philosophy of FORLIFE is simplicity with function. They create products that will last for a long time while staying beautiful and fresh for a lifetime. Hence the name..

All their products have a very simple and elegant style and come in a wide range of cool colours.

Acorn Teapot: The acorn-shaped Teapot, complete with the Basket Infuser with handle, allows you to easily remove the infuser at the optimal time! Pours very smoothly and cleaning is hassle free with the detachable lid.

Bell Glass Teapot: The stylish bell-shaped glass Teapot also comes with a basket Infuser with handle and the Push-on-Lid.

Tea for One: The Café Style Tea for One, complete with an extra-fine 0.3 mm stainless-steel tea infuser built-in teapot and cup, is designed for simple and clean way of making your own cup of tea.

 MIST Ice Tea Jug:  A simple way of making the cold-steeping ice tea. The double ring silicone gasket ensures lid from falling off when serving. The 0.5 mm hole stainless-steel filter catches tea leaves and gives you smooth pouring. The filter and silicone gasket are easy to take apart for cleaning. True borosilicate hand blown glass can take hot water to ice cold water.


Q Teapot:  Created for modern tea servings with many superb functions in distinctive style. The detachable stainless-steel lid makes for easy cleaning. The infuser comes with food-safe polypropylene handle to control steeping time easier. The more condensed 0.5 mm holes will allow tea to circulate better in the teapot.

Stump Teapot: Includes a very thin infuser which allows you to steep fine loose-leaf teas to large whole-leaf Teas.

Curve Tall Tea Mug: This Curve Tall Tea Mug is designed for simple and clean way of steeping just one fresh cup of tea in your own cup. To make your desired tea, simply take the infuser out from the teacup when tea steeped at right timing. Turn the lid upside-down, it works as an infuser holder.

Japanese Tea Cup: Matching cup with all FORLIFE teapots.

You can find them online on amazon and several other online retailers or alternatively you can check your nearest retailer on http://www.forlifedesign.com/.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


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My Atmosphere Blog tips for a cold day outside

Check out My Atmospheres Blog from our friend Joana. It has great inspirational design ideas…

The Keep The Cold Out! post have some great tips for a winter day including a beautiful glass Tea pot from Mariage Fréres and a nice Tea set from Pottery Barn.

Happy Tea Break.

Tania & Mariana.


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Gai is Lid, Wan is Bowl

Gaiwan, is a traditional Tea Cup from China that brews Tea in a simple, quick and elegant way. This was invented during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The Gaiwan is composed by a bowl, a lid and the base. Gaiwans can be made from porcelain, glass, clay or jade.

All Teas can be brewed with a Gaiwan but  it’s considered to be better suited to white and green Tea, which brew in lower temperatures and have a more delicate flavour and aroma.  It is also good to brew Oolong as it’s easy to brew multiple infusions.

How to use a Gaiwan? Put the leaves directly into the cup and add hot water. You can then drink it directly from the cup without taking the leaves so that it continues to brew or alternatively you can use it as a vessel and use the lid as a strainer to pour the Tea into smaller cups. In China it’s important to rinse the gaiwan and the leaves with hot water first. The first step warms the cup and removes any impurities. The second one opens the leaves and releases its aroma and flavour.

Here is a quick video on how to pour Tea from a Gaiwan:

The Gaiwan can also be associated with the Chinese Gongfu Tea Ceremony which we will explain in detail on the next post. Stay tuned!

Tania


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Teapot – A key element

Teapots come in different sizes, shapes and materials and if you really want to be devoted to Tea then the Teapot should be a key element of your experience.  The type of Tea that you want to drink will determine the type of teapot that you should use.

Yixing Teapot – A particular type of Chinese clay, these teapots absorb the aroma of the Tea because of its porous nature. The small size reflects the importance of serving small portions of tea each time so that the flavors can be concentrated much effectively. Perfect for Oolong, Black and Pu-erh.

Stainless Steel – These teapots have the advantage keep the Tea hot for a longer time than glass, ceramic and clay teapots and they are also very resistant.

Porcelain – In 1710, Johann Bottger –  a German alchimist, discovered porcelain teapots inpired by the Chinese yixing teapots and Chinese porcelain.

Brown Betty – A typical English teapot, and a symbol of the importance of Tea in England,  created in Bradell Woods area in the 17th century. Brown Bett’s are made of terracota clay and its shape allows the leaves to swirl around while the water is being poured, enhancing the flavour of the Tea.

Silver – Silver Teapots are extremely durable and retain heat for a long time. These have been used since the 1700s for brewing Black Tea and became a symbol of quality and prosperity among families.

Glass – It gained popularity over the last 50 years because of its inability to absorb or retain flavours while still enjoying the colour of the Tea. It is recommended to brew white, green and herbal infusions.

Tetsubin – Originally from Japan, these teapots are made from cast iron and contain a great deal of ornate decoration. Evidence suggests that these teapots appeared with the rise of the Sencha form of drinking Tea that uses tea leaves instead of powdered Tea (Matcha). Today this is a reflection of the Japanese culture and history.

Teapots are not only an essencial accessory of Tea drinking but also a decorative and design element.

Happy Tea Break. 🙂

Tania