4. What is the cup made from?
Cups can be made of many materials–just like teapots. You can have ceramic, glass, metal, wooden or god forbid plastic cups. Ceramic cups can be porous , or non-porous like stoneware or porcelain. If you are using your cup for lots of types of tea, choose a non-porous material. Mrs Doyle always loves a nice cup of her Irish breakfast tea in a nice Irish made Belleek tea cup , it's nothing but the best for the best tea on the island ! check out our friends in belleek
5. Does the cup keep the heat?
If you want your tea to stay hot for longer, go for a taller more narrow cups, however sometimes smaller and flatter cups are a better like for green or white tea.
6. How will you use the cup?
If you heat the water for tea in a microwave Borosilicate glass and stoneware will generally be safe, but really heat this is not the best way to enjoy a nice cup , go on heat the water up gently in a kettle and pour into a nice tea pot or even a nice mug, you will love it , its all part of the tea ritual
Does tea taste different in different cups?
Tea does taste different in different cups. for example chai tea will taste much better in a small unglazed kulhar, Japanese sencha tastes better in a stoneware yunomi and our beloved Earl Grey is always always best in a beautiful porcelain Belleek cup.
anyway a great cup of tea needs a great tea so don't forget to find the tea bend you love and sit back and enjoy , and if you are in the UK 21 April is national tea day