Since we took a look at my tea Tetris drawer, it’s time now to look at the equipment.
The Electric Tea Kettle
I researched a lot of different electric kettles before I finally decided on the Cuisinart CPK-17. I also scored this little gem from Ebay. First, I love the stainless steel appearance with the blue glow behind the water meter window and the temperature control settings. Second, it holds 1.7 liters of water (which also doubles as a 5-7 minute boil for pasta water). It’s great if you want to make instant oatmeal while you’re brewing your morning cuppa. Third, 30-minute keep warm cycle (also keeps from over oxygenating your water). Finally, fourth the heat temperature settings which also includes the perfect temperature for a French press. Yes, I love a good French press coffee. Do you use an electric kettle or do you use the stove to boil your water?
My favorite tea gift to give of all time – Teavana Perfectea Maker. This device allows the perfect amount of space for your tea leaves to expand completely. You may also sweeten your tea while it’s brewing. This tea maker comes with a catch plate. Place the Perfectea Maker over the rim of your teacup. This fits the majority of mugs (it’s a snug fit on my Wedgwood Queen of Hearts mug which has a wider rim). There’s a movable circular piece on the underside that depresses allowing the tea to flow through the bottom of the Perfectea Maker. Pick up the Perfectea Maker by the handle and the circular piece drops back into place stopping the tea from dispensing. Voilà!
Teapots and Teacups
On to the fun part, the serving!
Below is my grandmother’s Hammersley Victorian Violets teapot with teacup and saucer. I love purple the way she did. This is also bone china.
The second part of my grandmother’s china is Royal Tettau’s Viola Violets (porcelain). Are you getting a sense of how much we love purple yet? My uncle bought this china set for her when he was stationed in Germany. I have service for fourteen.
My Tiffany & Company Limoges Platinum Band teapot, sugar, creamer, teacup, and saucer. I love the elegance and simplicity of this china. I am, however, deeply saddened that Tiffany & Company discontinued it.
I couldn’t leave out this little darling- my miniature Eiffel Tower teapot by Fitz & Floyd. It’s probably my favorite Eiffel Tower piece. Isn’t she adorable?
Another darling teapot from Tiffany & Company in bone china with a purple and blue floral theme. This little one is tea for one.
My two favorite teacups and saucers: both Wedgwood and both bone china. The lovely Queen of Hearts is on the left. She was a gift and I feel like royalty every time I drink my tea out of it. On the right is Dynasty. The saucer came from England and I had to track down the Leigh Style teacup from Canada. I definitely feel that drinking tea out of bone china really improves the flavor of the tea. Can you tell the difference?