These modern Japanese tea cups are larger than the traditional Japanese size and are finished with vivid colors while still honoring the traditional aesthetic of Japanese design. The elegant shape that echoes a classic Japanese tea cup shape is honored with a base that is narrow and the top slightly flared.
We generally ship via US Postal Service first class or priority mail This service can be a quick as overnight and up to 3 days in the lower 48. They even deliver on Saturdays. For 9 ounces and up the postage is $4.99 - a great value considering the price of gas and your valuable time. Since most teas are $3.50 an ounce, 10 ounces of tea will get you free shipping.
Please contact us for other locations. We can quote you shipping.
1 teaspoon per 8 oz of water. Fluffy leaves like some Oolongs, use 2 teaspoons. For stronger tea use more tea.
There is no hard and fast rules on steeping except over steeping may make tea bitter. If you are unsure, try cooler water and shorter steeping times.
Below are general steeping instructions. For best results, follow the steeping instructions that came with your tea.
To estimate water temperature use a thermometer or wait a 2-3 minutes after the water stops boiling. Then the water temperature should be about 165- 185 F. You can gauge water temperature by looking at the bubbles forming at the bottom of the tea kettle. When pin size bubbles form, the water temperature is about 185F. To take the guess work out of water temperatures, try our electric tea kettle.
|Tea Type||Steeping Temperature||Steeping Time|
|White Tea||170-185 F||1-3 minutes|
|Green Tea||170-185 F||2-3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||170-190 F||2-3 minutes|
|Black Tea||200-212 F||3-5 minutes|
|Tisanes||212 F||4-7 minutes|
Fruit and herbal teas are also referred to as tisanes.
Unlike Western cups, Japanese tea cups don't have handles. So instead of extending the handle toward the recipient, In Japan, the tea cup is offered to a guest using both hands. One hand holds the bottom and the other gently holds the cup allowing the recipient room to grab the cup. Using both hands makes the passing safer but also expresses friendship. It's kind of like a hug instead of a handshake. Who thought tea can be so romantic?
These cups hold 6.5 ounces. The cups are glazed white on the inside allowing the color of the tea to show clearly. The colors coordinate with these teapots so you can create matching teasets.
By ForLife. Made in China