As most tea lovers know, one cup is never enough. The aroma, the taste, the ritual — tea drinking is a powerful experience and it’s best enjoyed with a quality cup. But there are tons of options … handles, no handles, big, small, glass … which one is best?
First, let’s uncover the difference between teacups and tea mugs. A teacup is on the smaller side and it’s usually used in formal settings. Think tea parties or tea ceremonies. Tea mugs are just like coffee mugs, and a little bigger than teacups (usually at least 8oz). And they’re great for daily or casual use.
To find the perfect size cup or mug for your tea, look to your teapot for cues. Smaller teapots call for smaller teacups. Bigger brews with strainers are best for bigger mugs.
Just like teapots, teacups are made from many different materials.
Porous or nonporous design
Usually served with a saucer
Great heat retention and green tea brews
Borosilicate glass is best for heat retention
Vacuum-insulated double-walled glass is also great for heat
High visibility and ideal for green tea
Usually porcelain or bone china
Flat or pedestal bottoms
Smaller and more delicate
Great for white and green teas
Best for highly-concentrated brews
It May not be best for drinking
Beautiful and rare artwork
Tea mugs are also crafted from different materials.
No lingering aromas or flavors
Use hot or cold
Thicker mugs have great heat retention
Easy to clean and maintain
Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
Some tea lovers prefer tea mugs because of the subtle taste difference. Most mugs don’t hang on to tea aromas and flavors. So each mug of tea is as fresh as the one before it.
Alternatively, some tea lovers prefer mugs because of how they feel in their hands. Tea mugs are heavier than teacups, and we associate heaviness with quality.
Yes! All VIVA teacups and mugs available through https://us.shopviva.com/ are leakproof. This is because VIVA makes every no-leak lid with a double-sealing mechanism.
What kind of tea are you brewing, how long did you brew it, and where are you going to drink it? Every cup of tea is different, and we love different types of teacups. From the instantly recognizable to the elegantly modern, enjoy your tea in the vessel it deserves.