Tea service, whether for an elaborate afternoon gathering or solo evening cozy time, is the perfect excuse to break out the design-forward tools and accessories that transform a mundane experience into a memorable one. Sure, you can boil some water in a pot and pour it over a tea bag in a coffee-stained mug, but honestly, you deserve better. Making tea is all about slowing down and stepping away from the frenetic pace of life to find pleasure in subtle, composed repetitions. Done right, making tea is equal parts culinary feat and self care ceremony.
If you’re ready to step up your tea-brewing game, here are some of the most stylish and well-made tea wares we’ve found to enhance this lovely ritual.
This Japanese company has a stellar reputation for top-notch tea and coffee kettles. This particular design blends an iconic teapot shape with modern updates: elegant, translucent glass, and a stainless steel infusing basket that takes the guesswork and mess out of loose leaf brewing.
This kettle, built for precision and control, is technically made for preparing coffee. But we can’t resist its gorgeous copper shine, graceful swan neck spout, and built-in thermometer. If you’re a fan of both tea and coffee, this kettle is perfect for doing double duty.
So much handmade pottery and ceramics have a heavy, somber, almost joyless quality to them. That’s why we are especially drawn to these jovial little mugs from Miss Mille, with their birthday cake colors, vibrant interior glazes, and delicate texturing.
Made from poly resin-coated linen, these smart lightweight trays can turn your sipping-tea-under-the-covers-in-bed fantasies into a reality. Bonus: anything served on a Fog Linen tray is instantly Instagram-ready.
There’s an appealing kind of natural glam to these geometric coasters. Made from durable mango wood and marble, the mixed media effect will fit in with all kinds of tablescapes and home décor aesthetics.
The golden filament of smooth honey twirled around a wooden dipper is as poetic a moment as any you’ll find in the kitchen. Enjoy that moment many times with this rustic wheel thrown honey pot from Vermont-based Farmhouse Pottery.
A hearty dose of fresh lemon juice perks up sleepy herbal teas, balances out smooth green teas, and stands up to strong, tannic breakfast teas. Squeeze and strain citrus in style with this stainless steel lemon press in a cheery bird shape.
Chemex is best known for making beautiful glass coffee pour over systems in shapes reminiscent of chemistry lab equipment. Their minimalist cream and sugar set, made from handblown non-porous Borosilicate glass, echoes that iconic silhouette, and stacks neatly for easy storage.
Going beyond clever design, these to-go flasks are downright genius. The streamlined design, available in both clear glass and pretty colors, is light years more attractive than the average to-go mug or cup. The special infusion filter allows tea drinkers to steep tea leaves or bags on the move, and the flask is made to hold both hot and cold beverages.
Airtight storage is crucial to maintain and preserve the flavors of fine tea. These handsome tins, which come in a variety of colors and traditional Japanese patterns, contain an inner plug that seals tight to keep out oxygen and light.
What are your favorite accessories to use at tea time? Let us know in the comments!
Photos courtesy of Farmhouse Pottery, Fishes Eddy, Omoi Zakka Shop, Miss Millie Ceramics, Fressko, Rishi Tea, Chemex, La Colombe, Pigment, and Sur La Table