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Metal Tea Cups?

by bigmonstertruck » May 14th 10 9:38 pm

I picked up a couple of metal teacups - the ones that are the composition and feel of a tetsubin. OK, someone give me a clue on how to use these, or is it some joke that I am not in on? I brew sencha to about 170 degrees or so. The cups heat up to the point that I cannot pick them up without wrapping a dishrag around them. So how are you supposed to use these things? Maybe you are supposed to have only tepid tea in them? Please stop laughing and advise.


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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Chip » May 14th 10 9:42 pm

bigmonstertruck wrote:I picked up a couple of metal teacups - the ones that are the composition and feel of a tetsubin. OK, someone give me a clue on how to use these, or is it some joke that I am not in on? I brew sencha to about 170 degrees or so. The cups heat up to the point that I cannot pick them up without wrapping a dishrag around them. So how are you supposed to use these things? Maybe you are supposed to have only tepid tea in them? Please stop laughing and advise.
Oh my, that is a major belly laugher!!! :lol:

I never thought about that inherent problem. I figure they are for Japanese teas, and not for super cool ones like Gyokuro.

Beats me. I am in need of a head scratching emoticon!

Someone should sue Teavana due to burned lips! :idea: Maybe a class action ...

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Victoria » May 14th 10 10:18 pm

Yeah I got this lovely for my birthday from a sweet friend, who actually paid international mail to ship it to me. Double ouch.

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by bigmonstertruck » May 14th 10 10:52 pm

I purchased a couple for less than $10 as part of a domestic order, so I don't feel too badly burned (pun always intended). So are these cups some sort of inside joke? Maybe they are just for show?

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Victoria » May 14th 10 11:11 pm

They match the tetsubins. :shock: I guess you use them for cooler teas and and only fill part way. They might work well for spirits.

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by IPT » May 15th 10 12:26 am

I bought one for my wife as a joke. She's always breaking my cups by dropping them. I told her that this was one cup she could never break and it's true. When she dropped it onto my teatray, it certainly didn't break. The teapot and cup it landed on shattered though. :lol: :cry: :?

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by nonc_ron » May 15th 10 12:32 am

Victoria wrote:Yeah I got this lovely for my birthday from a sweet friend, who actually paid international mail to ship it to me. Double ouch.
Very very nice, and a nice saucer, I didn't even know they came with saucers. I have 4 sizes tetsubins and no cups. I don't like the black interior.
how can you see the tea. Now if they come out with a white interior. :D

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Chip » May 15th 10 12:37 am

IPT wrote:I bought one for my wife as a joke. She's always breaking my cups by dropping them. I told her that this was one cup she could never break and it's true. When she dropped it onto my teatray, it certainly didn't break. The teapot and cup it landed on shattered though. :lol: :cry: :?
Oh no ... I have saved more than one piece of teaware with a hacky sac rescue ... and I never played hacky sac either. I guess instinctive to throw my foot under falling teacups and the like.

I must never get one of these, if I threw my foot out to needlessly save one of these, I would surely break a foot.

Either that, or I would break some teeth. Burn some lips and handsies. :shock:

These things are too dangerous for me. :lol:

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by nonc_ron » May 15th 10 12:40 am

bigmonstertruck wrote:The cups heat up to the point that I cannot pick them up without wrapping a dishrag around them. Thanks-Ed
Only use them in the winter time, when its so cold you need gloves.
then they'll feel nice through the gloves. (little hand warmers) :shock:

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Chip » May 15th 10 12:41 am

nonc_ron wrote:
Victoria wrote:Yeah I got this lovely for my birthday from a sweet friend, who actually paid international mail to ship it to me. Double ouch.
Very very nice, and a nice saucer, I didn't even know they came with saucers. I have 4 sizes tetsubins and no cups. I don't like the black interior.
how can you see the tea. Now if they come out with a white interior. :D
Yeah, Teavana has the whole ensemble, for a small fortune. Pot, cups, saucers ... their inventory is astounding in how much of this stuff they have in a single store.

Nice dragonfly cup. I purchased a "steel" colored abstract dragonfly tetsubin as one of my very first teaware purchases, figured bigger is better, right? :oops: Holds 40 ounces I think. Looks quite awesome gathering dust on the shelf.

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by Poohblah » May 15th 10 7:04 am

Chip wrote:
IPT wrote:I bought one for my wife as a joke. She's always breaking my cups by dropping them. I told her that this was one cup she could never break and it's true. When she dropped it onto my teatray, it certainly didn't break. The teapot and cup it landed on shattered though. :lol: :cry: :?
Oh no ... I have saved more than one piece of teaware with a hacky sac rescue ... and I never played hacky sac either. I guess instinctive to throw my foot under falling teacups and the like.

I must never get one of these, if I threw my foot out to needlessly save one of these, I would surely break a foot.

Either that, or I would break some teeth. Burn some lips and handsies. :shock:

These things are too dangerous for me. :lol:
That's fantastic! :D Though I would be lying if I said I haven't done the same thing before... ;)

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by entropyembrace » May 15th 10 7:45 am

well....I´m glad I´m not the only clumsy tea drinker. :lol:

my mom and gf threatened to make me use a plastic pot if I break anymore :shock:

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by IPT » May 15th 10 10:19 am

Oooh, plastic. Great idea! I'll be getting my wife a plastic teacup next.

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by debunix » May 15th 10 1:33 pm

IPT wrote:Oooh, plastic. Great idea! I'll be getting my wife a plastic teacup next.
She can drop this one on your toes with no damage, and probably step on it herself with none to the cup.

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Re: Metal Tea Cups?

by nonc_ron » May 15th 10 4:58 pm

Chip wrote: Oh my, that is a major belly laugher!!! :lol:

I never thought about that inherent problem. I figure they are for Japanese teas, and not for super cool ones like Gyokuro.

Beats me. I am in need of a head scratching emoticon!

Someone should sue Teavana due to burned lips! :idea: Maybe a class action ...
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