Chinese Tea Cups

Tea Accessories


Chinese Tea Cups are one of my favorite collectible tea accessories, expecially the yixing types.

The Chinese are so meticulous when it comes tea wares, and their tea cups are unparalleled. Perhaps this is due to the fact that tea wares like tea cups and tea pots play a very important role in the traditional tea preparation.

A traditional chinese style tea ceremony would not be successful without the use of tea wares. Some people believe that the true essence of a Chinese tea ceremony would not be felt if the tea accessories did not play such an important role.

Of course the tea cup is plays a major role in serving Chinese Tea. Chinese style tea cups come in different designs and forms these days. They even differ according to their uses. In this article, I will mention three of the most well-known and highly purchased Chinese style tea cups. Note that these tea cups are now available in the market and you can even found them online, particularly at specialty tea stores online.

You may want to consider purchasing or collecting the following varieties of a Chinese style tea cups, I have managed to gather quite a collection:

Filtering Tea Cups

As the name implies, filtering tea cups or mugs are used by tea drinkers to primarily filter the tea. These types of Chinese style tea cups are designed and crafted with internal filters. Here are few samples of filtering tea cups:

Yixing Clay Filtering Mug– This tea mug is made in Jiangsu province, an area situated 120 miles northwest of Shanghai China. For centuries, the Yixing tea cups and Yixing tea pots have been known as the best vessels for tea. Yixing tea wares are traditionally made in purple clay and are said to absorb the aroma and flavors of the Chinese tea. These tea cups and tea pots are also said to have the ability to withstand high temperatures and are slow to conduct heat. Therefore, the tea cup handle remains comfortably cool even when enjoying very hot tea. And, to enhance the practical usage, you can buy the yixing tea cups with an internal filter or part of a yixing

Poet Filtering Tea Cup – This Chinese tea cup is actually a porcelain mug which is deemed as a perfect companion for enjoying loose tea leaves. It comes with its own lid and an internal porcelain filter, allowing room for tea leaves to expand and provide full infusion of the leaves. Today, this variety of Chinese tea cup depicts a picture of a Tang dynasty poet inspired by outdoor beauty.

Cast Iron Tea Cups

Black Cast Iron Tea Cup – This item has long been considered as perfect for enjoying tea. It can serve as a great companion for any cast iron teapots and being a classical teapot, it is made from sturdy iron and has enamel coating on the interior to prevent rusting. It is worth noting that this Chinese tea cup now comes in different color.

Specialty Tea Cups

Small Peony Flower Gaiwan – As the name implies, this porcelain Gaiwan has a lovely peony flower design. Gaiwan actually originated from Ming Dynasty and became popular during the Chine Dynasty in China. Accordingly, this Chinese tea cup is large enough to accommodate tea brewing, yet small enough to be held comfortably for drinking.

Four Season Character Tea Cup – This is but an exquisite porcelain tea cup. It has four season calligraphy character at all sides, so the name bears it.

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Teavana Blue Oval Blossom Yixing Tea Set

Teavana Blue Oval Blossom Yixing Tea Set

Brightly colored with beautiful yellow blossoms, this large Yixing pot looks great while steeping your favorite tea! And it makes your tea even better over time. Yixing clay seasons as you use it, which accentuates the flavors and aroma of your favorite tea. So it should be only used with one type of tea. But if you have an everyday tea, there's no better way to make it. This is a larger-than-average Yixing teapot that holds 22oz of water. Includes two cups as shown.

Teavana Phoenix and Dragon Yixing Teapot

Teavana Phoenix and Dragon Yixing Teapot

This Phoenix and Dragon teapot represents the perfect Chinese dichotomy of yin and yang. Each side of the emerald green pot features an intricate dragon and phoenix in a raised clay pattern. The dragon represents the man, strong and powerful, the phoenix a woman who represents beauty. The 18 oz. teapot ultimately represents renewal as the phoenix rises from the ashes. Comes with two 4 oz. cups, each designed with a phoenix and dragon with a vermillion red trim and custom stainless steel tea infuser.

Teavana Pearla Porcelain Tea Cup Set

Teavana Pearla Porcelain Tea Cup Set

This special cup set is made using a unique crystal glazing method first discovered during the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD), which creates one-of-a-kind designs on the surface of the porcelain. Rare minerals added to the surface are fired at 2,300 degrees Celsius, then stopped at 2,000 degrees Celsius for two to four hours when the glaze crystallizes. This creates a vibrant, shimmering mother-of-pearl apparance and unique final design. Set includes four 4.3oz tea cups. Top rack dishwasher safe.


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