Many people can't seem to function in the morning without their cup of
coffee. It is not a taste that I ever acquired and don't have the desire
to start now. I do love the smell of freshly brewed coffee, but that is
about the size of it. Anything with coffee flavor or mocha is just not
on my radar.
Now tea is a different matter entirely. A cup of freshly brewed tea is a
welcome treat at most any time of the day. I am not talking about a tea
bag put in a mug and “nuked” in the microwave. I mean a pot of boiling
water poured over a tea bag or a tea ball of leaves in a tea pot and
allowed to steep for 5 minutes.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog piece. I have several tea
pots. One was my grandmother's and is part of a tea service. It is not
particularly pretty to me, but it has been in my family for a long time.
This little green pot has a pretty puny handle.
The tea pot that matches our china service is lovely. I like anything
that is pink or has pink to it.....well not bubble gum! I really like
the flared bottom to this pot. But take a look at the handle.
When my Mother died, I brought her tea pot home with me. It is a very
functional pot. It is not made of china, but is rather a pottery type of
tea pot with a country style. I like the little pointed top with the
knob. Notice the handle.
They are all lovely tea pots and have brewed many cups of tea over the
years. But the handles are really not that practical for someone who has
hand problems like I do. I pot of tea is heavy. It is hard to lift the
tea pot because it is off balance. You almost have to put your other
hand under the spout to help raise it.
But along comes this plain white tea pot I found in Florida several
years ago. It has no decorations, looks a little utilitarian and almost
small. But this little pot has a bit of a surprise to it. Look at the
handle. It is inset into the pot. I can easily lift this pot even when
it is full to the top. It is perfectly balanced – no need to support the
spout when I am pouring tea. And its fat little belly holds an
astonishing amount of tea.
Isn't it wonderful when you find something that just works for you! I
wish I had bought two of them when I saw this one. There is nothing like
a good cup of tea to warm the soul. And a cup of tea made in a happy
pot is even better.