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10 Stylish Wares to Help Step Up Your Tea Game

10 Stylish Wares to Help Step Up Your Tea Game

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.

Brewing

Hario Glass Tea Pot

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.

Sur La Table Hario Kettle
Sur La Table Hario Kettle

Stagg Copper Kettle

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.

La Colombe Stagg Copper Kettle
La Colombe Stagg Copper Kettle

Pouring

Miss Millie Stripey Mug
Miss Millie Stripey Mug

Miss Mille Ceramics Stripey Mugs

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.

Fog Linen Sailor Stripe Tray
Fog Linen Sailor Stripe Tray

Fog Linen Large Tray

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.

Pigment Marble & Mango Round Coasters
Pigment Marble & Mango Round Coasters

Pigment Marble & Mango Round Coasters

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.

Serving

Farmhouse Pottery Beehive Honey Pot

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.

Farmhouse Pottery Beehive Honey Pot
Farmhouse Pottery Beehive Honey Pot

Fishs Eddy Bird Lemon Press

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.

Fishes Eddy Lemon Press Bird
Fishes Eddy Lemon Press Bird

Chemex Cream & Sugar Pots

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.

Chemex Cream & Sugar Set
Chemex Cream & Sugar Set

Etc.

Fressko Brew as You Go Flask
Fressko Brew as You Go Flask

Fressko Brew as You Go Flask

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.

Rishi Tea Japanese Washi Tea Tin
Rishi Tea Japanese Washi Tea Tin

Rishi Tea Japanese Washi Tea Tin

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


Emily Kovach is the Web Editor at Spoonful Magazine. She’s a fan of oysters, dumplings, nearly every kind of cheese, hoppy beers, and gin cocktails. While she’s intrigued by the incredible food scene in her hometown of Philadelphia, her favorite meals are at home, shared on the back porch with her cozy little family and their dog Jacket.

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