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Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by caulfield » Feb 1st 12 5:37 pm

Forgive me for a stupid post, but I have really been getting into tea and I love this forum, so I could use some advice.

I saw that Teavana is having free shipping. Normally, I am not a fan, but I thought about getting a cast iron mug for work (to pair with my Ingenui-tea). However, reading the reviews on these mugs, it sounds like they get much too hot, so I am not sure it would be worth it. Does anyone have any experience with these?
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea ... s-_-CICups

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by teaisme » Feb 1st 12 8:10 pm

The majority of cast iron tea ware I see sold in the west is pretty sketchy quality
Those cups you linked to are only 3oz. Are you going to use a fair cup as well with your ingenutea? If not then maybe this 14oz double wall glass cup they have is a more suitable fit so you can drain all your tea at once (I would just overflow the cup and pour out the little excess 2-3 oz each steep).

http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea ... ss-tea-mug

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by Acaelus » Feb 1st 12 8:21 pm

caulfield wrote:Forgive me for a stupid post, but I have really been getting into tea and I love this forum, so I could use some advice.

I saw that Teavana is having free shipping. Normally, I am not a fan, but I thought about getting a cast iron mug for work (to pair with my Ingenui-tea). However, reading the reviews on these mugs, it sounds like they get much too hot, so I am not sure it would be worth it. Does anyone have any experience with these?
http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea ... s-_-CICups
You'd be better off getting the one Teaisme posted from Teavana, or get one from Red Blossom. Their infuser cup is spot on, I own one and love it.

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by wyardley » Feb 1st 12 8:26 pm

Personally, I find glazed porcelain to be the most pleasant thing to drink tea out of. Also, something with a white or very light-colored inside is good in terms of being able to see the tea's color.

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by Chip » Feb 1st 12 8:42 pm

... very very verrrrry rarely do you ever read of someone drinking from a cast iron cup here on this forum nor other tea forums. I think that speaks volumes.

It would quite likely be a purchase that would end up as a very functional dual-purpose paperweight/paperclip holder. :mrgreen:

Glazed porcelain and clay seems to be most popular, I think this is a result of trial and error experience.

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by teaisme » Feb 1st 12 10:05 pm

Yes no doubt porc and clay are great for tea, glass cups can be too, but its hard to find one that doesn't feel cheap and too light

Once you step into bigger sized cups though its hard to find one specifically designed for tea that is 14-16 oz (enough to drain the ingenutea fully). That glass mug I linked does looks very prone to breakage though.

:idea: Perhaps a good place to look would be etsy. You can find a bigger sized handmade porc or ceramic glazed tea mug pretty easy, plus not too expensive, has its own character, and more practical for tea.

Here are 3 fitting examples from a quick 'ceramic tea mug' search.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88664197/wo ... -cup-pc101
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90263069/wh ... and-thrown
http://www.etsy.com/listing/89160587/ha ... d_featured

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by iannon » Feb 1st 12 10:35 pm

+1 on the ETSY artisans. I have quite a few pieces from various potters there. Its also nice to support "local" craftsman!

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Re: Cast Iron Cup (for tea newbie)

by Chip » Feb 1st 12 11:04 pm

iannon wrote:+1 on the ETSY artisans. I have quite a few pieces from various potters there. Its also nice to support "local" craftsman!
YES.

... or our TeawareArtisans on the forum :mrgreen: ... you can see some here: http://www.teachat.com/viewforum.php?f=40

Some also have etsies and some do not.