Tea Coffee

Geometry Cups

A little black and white geometry always catches the eye, and these cups from Ferm Living are no exception. However, upon first glance, a person might think ‘haven’t I seen these before?’ and that person might search their memory (and the internet) only to find an image of Masahiro Mori’s Mini Cups. Quite similar, indeed, yet there’s a sizable difference in dimensions. Ferm Living’s Geometry Cups are larger and more suited for water, tea, or coffee, while Mori’s Mini Cups are smaller and more fit for sake and spirits.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Tie Tea Mug

A handy little tab on this mug keeps your teabag from falling into your cup. Pretty simple solution to an annoying little problem, isn’t it? Just tie your teabag around the tab and it’ll stay put while you pour, stir, etc. Might be a thoughtful gift for the tea aficionado in your life? Holiday season is just around the corner, if you can believe it.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Molecule

Tea for One

Apologies if you’re not fond of tea, because I sure am (as you will know if you’re a regular reader). Bodum brings us the Tea for One, a glass and tea strainer combined. The plastic filter sits inside the double walled glass, allowing your leaves to brew without escaping into the cup. Simply lift out the filter once the desired strength is reached and place it upon the lid/saucer.
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Price: $18.00
Available from: SFMOMA Store

Teacup

If you like loose leaf tea, here’s the cup for you. This teacup has tilted base with an inbuilt and removable strainer; brewing your tea simply involves tilting the cup away from the leaves when it has reached the correct strength. Available in Pure Black or Snow White.

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Price: $35.00
Available from: Leibal

Unplugged Coffee Maker

Can you live without your electric coffee maker? Yes, you can; say it out loud, ‘yes, I can.’ Now repeat that in your head until you believe it. If the Faro Mug Set didn’t convince you, maybe this Unplugged Coffee Maker from Koziol will. All you need is a filter, ground coffee, and hot water. And your cup, of course. Less technology can be a good thing.
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Price: $23.98
Available from: SFMOMA Store

My Teapot, My Mug

If you’re fond of bright colors and tea time, take a look at this set from Jansen+Co. There’s three different color options for the teapots and eight options for the XL mug, so you’ll have to do some deciding as to what combination works best for you. All pieces are hand finished and dishwasher and microwave safe.
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Price: $15.00 - 64.00
Available from: A+R Store

Rosenthal Sugar and Creamer

Do you have a proper sugar and creamer set? Not the end of the world if you don’t, of course, but it’s something to consider if you use sugar and cream/milk consistently in your coffee or tea. It lends an air of civility, sure, but there’s something about enjoying the small pleasures and ceremonies of daily life and taking care to surround yourself with things that are both useful and, in some cases, also beautiful. (“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris)
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Price: $32.00 - 82.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Cafino Coffee Maker

No filter bag needed for this coffee maker. The Cafino has a double stainless steel mesh sieve that fits into a heat resistant borosilicate glass cylinder. Simply place your ground coffee beans into the sieve, pour boiled water, and voilà, you have coffee. It’s quite similar to the metal Kone Coffee Filter used with the Chemex Coffeemaker, yet in a more familiar coffee press silhouette.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Available from: Luminaire

Nomu Tea Set

Need an upgrade your tea ritual? The ceramic Nomu teapot has a removable cork sleeve that has two functions- it keeps your hands comfortable while pouring and it keeps your tea hot. There’s a potential third bullet point, of elegance; it certainly doesn’t hurt that there’s a distinct nod to Japanese craft and tradition. Two cups are included.

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Price: $115.00
Available from: Luminaire

Noble glass travel thermos

If you’re crazy about tea, as in crazy enough to want a specific travel thermos with an inbuilt stainless steel infuser, then you’ll go bonkers over this glass and bamboo version. It’s double-paned, of course, to keep your fingers protected and your tea hot or cold, depending on your preference. And, speaking as a crazy tea person, there is something nice about glass carafe rather than stainless steel- just don’t go knocking it about like it’s unbreakable.
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Tea Sieve

Hmm, what do we have here? It’s a tea sieve that doubles as a stirrer once your tea is brewed. While this does seem handy as it negates the need for a spoon, one wonders how difficult it might be to clean. (If you decide to purchase it, please share.)

“Fill the sieve with your favorite loose leaf tea, brew and then push down to close the vents.”

Designer: Carl Mertens
Material: Stainless Steel Satin Finish
Dimensions: 6.7″l x .6″dia

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Available from: HORNE

Uplift Tea Kettle

Now, if you like tea, you know a tea kettle is quite important. I’ve had an Uplift kettle before*, and liked the way the spout opens automatically when lifting the handle (hence, the name ‘uplift’), but this 10th anniversary version takes the cake with its cork handles. Cork insulates well, and provides a soft, nonslip grip, which makes it an ideal choice. And, it works nicely in conjunction with the stainless steel, of course. It’s a winner.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.99
Available from: Hectic Gourmet

Muuto Bulky Tea Set

There’s always time for tea, especially when you have a tea service like this one from Muuto. It’s a little whimsical in its large proportions, of course, so there’s no surprise that the designer (Jonas Wagell) was inspired by fairy tales. So, say goodbye to stuffy traditional sets and shout hello to friendly shapes and handles. Tea time should be enjoyable, after all.

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Price: $42.00 - 100.00
Availability: Buy Muuto Bulky Tea Set here

Chemex Coffeemaker

Cyber monday, blah, blah, blah. I’m sure you’re busy clicking on all the deals flooding your inbox, and the best of luck to you. While you do that, some older posts will get some much needed updates here on BLTD, with current links and prices.

If I drank coffee, I’d make it out of this coffeemaker; there’s something awfully nice about the simplicity of no buttons or blinking lights. Made out of an hourglass-shaped glass flask, this coffeemaker was invented by a chemist, and therefore brews coffee by a chemically correct method. All that’s needed is coffee, hot water, and a separate Chemex bonded filter (sold separately).

Dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Set of 100 filters sold separately.
Designer: Peter Schlumbohm, 1941
Size: 9.5h x 6″diam.

(Originally posted Aug 27, 2009.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.90
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Friend or Foe Cup & Saucers

No need to share your opinion with these cups; just hand over the appropriate one to your companion and they’ll know exactly what you think of them. Or not. Handpainted by Polly George’s father, they’re not cheap, but they sure are fun. (By the way, if you’re in London or planning to visit soon, I suggest stopping by Luna & Curious, as it’s a nice little shop.)

Choose between: Minger, Scrounger, Friend, Foe, Nosey Neighbour, Weirdo

Purchase Information:

Price: £20.00
Available from: Luna & Curious