Tea Coffee

Illy Espresso Cups by William Kentridge

Through a partnership with illy coffee experts, artist William Kentridge brings us this limited-edition set of six espresso cups and six illustrated saucers, but it’s not until saucer meets mirror-finish cup that the images become clear and right side up.

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No longer available.

Coffee + Tea Maker by Naoto Fukasawa

By the man who is known for his simple and inspirational designs, this coffee and tea maker is compact and functional, and luckily, now available in the UK. Now, the question is, who carries it in the US?

“…the Coffee + Tea Maker has the capacity to serve six cups of tea or coffee. The water is filtered within ten minutes, passing through a double activated charcoal filter. There is also a one hour automatic off function.”

0.76 litre capacity.
Dimensions: 239h x 170w x 120 mm deep

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Price: �149.00
Availability: Buy Coffee + Tea Maker by Naoto Fukasawa here

Stackable Number Cup by +d

I like the idea of grouping a few of these cups together as a birthday or anniversary present, or, as the retailer also recommends, as a house warming gift with numbers of the new address.

Numbers 0 through 9 available.

Material: Chinaware
Designer: Takuya Hoshiko
W 4″ x D 2.75″ x H 2.75″

Also available: 13.60

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Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy Stackable Number Cup by +d here

Stelton Minibrewer

Say goodbye to instant coffee. You can have one cup of freshly ground coffee whenever you want thanks to this Minibrewer.

You CAN get along with making just one cup instead of a pot. Using the Minibrewer, you make your freshly ground coffee directly in the cup. An economic and easy solution for modern daily life, where we rarely enjoy our coffee in the company of others. The Minibrewer is made of steel, rubber, and black mat plastic, and perfectly complements Stelton’s new designer mugs, inspired by Arne Jakobsen’s classic Cylinda-Line design.

Designer: Frederik Gundelach
dimensions : 2.4″w x 4.5″h

Also available: 29.00

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Price: $41.00
Availability: Buy Stelton Minibrewer here

Moustache Mugs

Given the recent popularity of moustaches/mustaches, in particular, moustache mugs, I’m sure you’ll find one of these sets to be just what you and maybe your co-workers need for a pick-me-up.

Enjoy effortlessly masquerading behind a character moustache while drinking your favourite tea or coffee. Every mug has a different design on each side to explore your favourite masculine expression! Choose between feisty Fu-Magnum, ambigues Mustafa-Chaplin and cheeky Maurice-Poirot!

Looks like the price is for a set of 2 mugs.

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Price: $26.00
Availability: Buy Moustache Mugs here

Zipper Cup (Set of 2)

Keep that tea bag in place with this set of two Zipper cups. Might be a good gift (see below) for someone this holiday season too.

A zipper is a unique device used around the world to typically join two sides of fabric, such as in clothing, bags and now…cups…well, not exactly. While the zipper cup does not function like an actual zipper, the zipper design is incorporated into another commonly used household product such as a cup. The intricate design mechanism of a zipper reflects the bonding and friendship of two people, which is why they are sold in pairs. Great for gifts to newly weds, friends, parents, anniversary etc.

Cup: H3.9″ x D2.6″ (opening)
Coaster: 4.3″ x 4.3″
2 cups and 2 coasters included as a set inside original gift box.

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Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Zipper Cup (Set of 2) here

Link Mugs

This set of three mugs link together to ensure safe transport; no tray needed. Could be a handy thing to have around, either at the office or at home (or ski chalet perhaps?).

Link Mugs are one of those simple but inspired product designs that solves the problem of how to carry several mugs at once without the need for a tray… designer Jonathan Aspinall has developed an inspired solution to this problem – mugs that can link together. Each cup has a plus shaped plug on one side and a corresponding receptacle on the other. Thereby allowing the mugs to be linked together for you to carry in a line to friends, family and work colleagues.

Design: Johnathan Aspinall
Set of three link mugs

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Price: £32.50
Availability: Buy Link Mugs here

Teeth Mug

I can think of one word for this: creepy. Since it’s October, creepy is kind of okay, and despite my initial reservations on the inconvenience of your tea/coffee seeping between the teeth and onto your hand or desk, not to mention how strange it would be to have your own teeth bump against the cup’s teeth (uck)… yeah, so despite all that, maybe you’ll get a kick out of it, or know someone who will.

Each one is individually hand carved by skilled Taiwanese ceramic artists.
Material: Ceramic
H3.8″ x D3.3″, 11.8oz

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Price: $24.00
Availability: Buy Teeth Mug here

Stainless Steel Tea Infuser

For anyone who prefers a specific brand of loose-leaf tea, you know there’s a certain ritual in creating each cup. If you’re not thrilled with your current tea tool, maybe you’ll like this tea infuser from Sagaform.

Designed by Helene Tiedemann for Sagaform.
Size: 6.75 inches

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Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Stainless Steel Tea Infuser here

Alt Mugs

These are a little late in being featured, but better late than never, right? It seems like one of these would be a perfect small gift for a co-worker/friend.

Each of these mugs has been subtly altered to give them added and unusual functionality, not limiting what you can put in a mug to tea or coffee. what about milk? or money? or golf balls?! Our Alt Mugs cleverly and subtley change the function of the humble mug to give it a new twist, a new lease of life – people have been drinking out of mugs for millions of years, it’s time for a muggy revolution! Range of 4 mugs to collect, each with a different use; ashtray, money box, milk jug, or golf practice mug.

£ 10, Buy it here.
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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Alt Mugs here

Slanted Mug

With my luck, I’d spill this on the way to the chair/sofa, or while pouring the beverage.

We’ve all done it! Precariously placed a glass or mug containing our favorite beverage on our lap, only to have it spill on our clothes, not to mention our favourite chair. This mug’s uniquely shaped base allows you to nest it easily and securely in your lap. Available in orange, cream, light blue and mint green.

$35.00 CAD, Buy it here.

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Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Slanted Mug here

It’s Pop It’s Art Mugs

Suck UK has done a very fun collaboration with It’s Pop It’s Art in creating mugs decorated with lyrics from a range of classic songs. I could only find one place to purchase them so far, but will add others as the list grows.

Feeling a bit metal? Then rock out with a mug of Motorhead coffee. Just had a hard day of freedom fighting? Then sup some tea from the Marvin Gaye mug. Or maybe you’ve just perfected your Bobby Gillespie hair, Primal Scream it is then. For whatever musical mood you’re in there is a lovingly designed mug to accompany it.

around £10, Buy it here.

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Price: £10
Availability: Buy It’s Pop It’s Art Mugs here

Lotus Teacup

This is one high-tech teacup for those of you that are serious about tea. Follow the link to read more.

It looks like every traditional teacup should, but for starters it’s double walled, so a) you won’t burn your hands and b) your tea won’t cool off as fast. Secondly its sliding lid is a beautiful piece of high tech, as it is truly integrated into the lid and all you do is you slide a separate piece up and you are ready to enjoy your tea.

$30.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $30.00
Availability: Buy Lotus Teacup here

Coffee & Tea Mugs

State your preference with these mugs.

Some say coffee and tea should not be served in the same mug. Some folks only drink coffee and their partners only tea. However you want to use them, our mug set uses early 20th century type and complementary colors to create a salt and pepper type set. Comes inside an 11oz kraft box. Both mug and box designed by John Caserta. Mugs screened by Maslen, Inc. in Pawtucket. Boxes made for The Design Office by Custom Corrugated and screenprinted by Tarvis Graphics in Pawtucket.
This is a fundraiser project. All profits fund group projects and future products.

$14.00 or $25.00 for set, Buy it here.

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Price: $14.00
Availability: Buy Coffee & Tea Mugs here

Chalk Board Mug

Kind of a cute idea, huh? For more chalkboard homewares (vases, carafes, etc.), visit here.

Stick of chalk included.
Mug holds 11 ounces.

$10.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $10.00
Availability: Buy Chalk Board Mug here