Tea cups, or tea bowls, as they are sometimes called, were the original form of teaware; for thousands of years before the invention of the tea pot. Tea was originally brewed in individual servings, single cups. This tradition is carried on today all across the world, and indeed is the favoured mode of tea-drinking everywhere from China, where it all got started, to places as diverse as Japan, England, India, and the USA!
There is nothing easier or more comforting than a single cup of tea, brewed just for you, in your very own cup.
In the beginning, tea cups had no handles (that’s why they are also called tea bowls!), and that’s still the way it is for the most part, in China and Japan. They say that it is so that you know when the tea is cool enough to drink: If the cup doesn’t burn your fingers, the tea won’t burn your mouth! But in Europe, they liked to drink their tea much, much hotter; hot enough to stir in sugar, and cooled with a splash of milk, and so it was in Germany that the first tea cup with a handle was created.
Since then, the handle has spread across the world, to the rest of Europe, to the Americas, and yes, right back to where tea got started in China. Today, many Chinese tea cups made for export include a handle – just in case.
The ceramic, Chinese Ching Mug in dark green with Chinese characters and designs will keep your tea warm. When you are ready to drink warm liquid, simply turn your lid into a coaster to hold your cup between sips. If sending Chinese Tea Cups to friends, request free gift wrapping during your check out.
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Ceramic, Ching Mug is approximately 4 inches tall with matching lid which can also be used as a coaster. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Expect slight variations in color, dark green.