I'm using a DIY softbox and off camera flash for lighting. I'm not ready to invest in a fancy cloud thing yet, nor to limit myself to daylight, and my setup with onboard flash as master still induces some glare. That, and a desire to not make the tea/surface contrast so stark as it is when the surface is stark white, are why I've been pondering a better way to show off the leaves.
This is getting closer to what I'd like:
(polished wood scoop on sanded but not polished wood board)
The scoop is too polished, shiny, bright, red; the board could be better polished itself; and the final image feels too busy.
Maybe just need a bit more time with sandpaper and a few bits of wood.