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I need another teapot to take to work.

The store where I bought my last teapot has gone out of business, and Wal*Mart doesn't carry them, and neither does Target.

Where does a person buy a teapot now days?


(TeaPOT, not teaKETTLE. The latter I can find anywhere)

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altivo
Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Yes! This has become a real problem in the US apparently.

About a year ago I accidentally broke the plain brown pot we had been using for many years. The label was still legible on the bottom: Pier 1, so we tried there first. Nope. They didn't even understand what a teapot was.

WalMart: same problem.

Target: same problem.

KMart: Getting desperate now. They did have a teapot. It was in their Martha Stewart line, and was obviously designed for looks, not for usability. It dribbled. The lid was loose and always at risk of falling off if you left it on while pouring. The spout was long, thin, and fragile. Bought and used it for a while anyway.

Finally we got one that was being offered as a "completer" for a set of dishes sold piece by piece over many weeks in a local grocery chain. This is a traditional round pot, with a good non-dripping spout and a tight-fitting lid.

One other possibility that occurs to me: try the import stores in the nearest Asian neighborhood. Chinese and Japanese folks still make tea and know what the tools are. I'm sure teapots are available in England, but in the US they have become a forgotten and unrecognized item.
rummy_raccoon
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
So whats the difference? Good Will always has good shinies
captpackrat
Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
A teakettle is usually made of steel or aluminum, and is used to boil water to make tea.

A teapot is usually made of clay or porcelain (sometimes silver, glass, or plastic), and is what you use to actually brew the tea.

Chinese Yixing teapots are supposed to be among the best in the world. They are made of a unique purpleish clay and are unglazed on the inside so they actually soak up the flavor of the tea. They are also unique pieces of artwork.

I am very strongly considering this one: http://www.yixing.com/item/37/ It's rather expensive, but it's got rabbits!
rummy_raccoon
Feb. 23rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
I's sit down to a cup of tea from that pot, what kind of teas do you drink?
captpackrat
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:12 pm (UTC)
Anything and everything. I like to experiment with different flavors.

I've only ever encountered one tea blend that I didn't like, David Rio fuji apple. Good God but that stuff was AWFUL. It was supposedly made with Ceylon and Chinese black tea and real apples, but it tasted heavily chemical. Bleah.

I'm also not too fond of the Republic of Tea's version of Lapsang Souchong. It tasted great, but the smell was like hickory-smoked tea. Ick.

I think my favorite so far is Twinings Russian Caravan, though I'm not sure if they still make it. I also rather like Republic of Tea's Morroccan Mint (tea AND mint! A winning combination!). And one year I found an excellent "Christmas tea" in bulk at a local Cost Plus (unfortunately I used it up long ago, and they don't carry bulk tea anymore).

I've got a tin of Toucha, an aged tea shaped into little marble-sized balls, that I haven't tried yet. I can't make it at work until I buy a teapot, because each ball makes 3 cups, and I don't need 3 cups of tea at home. :)

I almost always buy loose tea, except for stuff I'm taking to work, because I don't have a teapot here (yet).

I think I may buy the bunny pot and use it mainly for green tea (I try to drink at least 1 cup daily), and buy an electric kettle rather than trying to use the company microwave to boil water.
rummy_raccoon
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Wow thats some tea experience. I love green tea. I use a huge mug and i drink probably 2-5 cups a day of tea. I normally drink lipton but ive found several Celestial seasonings blends i like, like Blueberry tea *coos* Are you on the furry tea blends group?
captpackrat
Feb. 24th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
furry tea blends groups? Never heard of it.

I went ahead and ordered the teapot. *annoys the mailman for the next few weeks* Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot? Wheresmyteapot?
rummy_raccoon
Feb. 24th, 2005 06:58 am (UTC)
http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=theteajournals Is the name of the group. I ordered a set of knives for when i start my culinary college program next month. I'm so impatient! I want my shiny knives NOW >.<
captpackrat
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oooooh! Joined! Thank you!
captpackrat
Feb. 24th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
I tried the Toucha tea today. Very disappointing. Smells like hay. It's drinkable, I suppose, but certainly not something I'd want to drink 3 cups of at a time.
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