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 brewed in individual servings, in 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!
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 covered tea cup is a traditional vessel for brewing and drinking tea, and may or may not have a strainer to filter the leaves out. This one includes a strainer and a Euro-style handle.
The blue and green lotus design of this covered Chinese tea cup promotes harmony and healing; the perfect vessel for a nice cup of green tea.
While your tea steeps in this Chinese Tea Cup enjoy the classic floral design and the aromatic scent. Chinese artists are presenting us with a new mix of traditional and contemporary Tea Cup designs.
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Chinese Tea Cup holds 10 oz. of liquid, is lead free and microwave safe. If sending Chinese Tea Cups to a friend, request FREE Gift Wrapping during your checkout. One 6″ by 4.5″, Chinese Tea Cup Set includes mug, lid, and matching porcelain strainer. One Green & Blue Floral, Chinese Tea Cup.