A cup of tradition
With more than 3000 different types, tea is one of the most versatile drinks drank around the world. Unlike coffee, the flavour of tea unfolds while steeping in the tea cup or teapot, and the aromatic leaves need to have plenty of space. This is why the ancient Chinese tea cups and the traditional Japanese porcelain cups often have a rounded and slightly shallow shape. Over the centuries, this classic design has repeatedly proven its effectiveness: even in today’s British tea culture, black tea is still served in rounded tea cups at high tea. The matching saucer protects the table surface from heat stains and can also be used to place the tea bag or tea infuser once it has steeped.
The solution for your brew
Green and black teas tend to be bitter when steeped for too long, whereas herbal infusions, fruit blends and red bush usually need up to fifteen minutes to release their full flavour. As the surface of a tea cup is relatively large, the temperature of the infusion drops quite quickly while steeping. In this case, a tea lid for mugs is an elegant solution. Thanks to the recess for the tea strainer, infuser or bag, the aromas can freely unfold without too much water evaporating or cooling. Another option is the cup and pot set, which you can use to drink your favourite tea as you like. After all, double wall tea cups made from glass promise hot tea without burning your fingers.
The intuition behind colour, shape and feeling
When selecting the type of porcelain for our collections, we always focus on their aura. For instance, rustic ranges with their warm tone are made from a type of porcelain developed especially by Villeroy&Boch. It is very resistant to impact and chipping and can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher, like most of our tea cups and saucers. Modern ranges such as the Tea Passion collection feature a strikingly modern shape and geometric décor. When coloured décors are put onto bright white Premium Porcelain, they create a glowing contrast that is protected from damage by a hard lead-free glaze. Despite its gently shimmering look, the exclusive Premium Bone Porcelain is one of our hardest types of porcelain and decorated with gold and platinum patterns in selected collections.
Teacup sets: a gift with taste
Add tea cups to your existing set from your favourite collection or make your breakfast table seem less formal with one of our cheerful sets containing cups and a matching pot. A tea cup & saucer or a sophisticated tea glass also makes an original gift for a birthday or for setting up a first home. During Christmas and other celebrations, Villeroy&Boch regularly brings out special collections with cheerful décors designed to add the finishing touch to a festive table. Bearing a red bow, a three-piece tea set for one fits perfectly under a decorated Christmas tree.