November 19, 2015

Favorite Tea Ware - Bonnie Eng of Thirsty for Tea

As a tea drinker, and I am sure this is true for you, I adore teaware, from bombillas to matcha whisks. Everyone has their favorites! This series showcases the favorite teaware of folks in the tea blogging community. Today's faves are from Bonnie Eng of Thirsty for Tea. Bonnie is a renaissance tea drinker; her background is in health education, Asian American Studies, and culinary arts! She posts photographs of her beautiful recipes and crafts on Instagram @thirstyfortea.

This English teacup is one of my prized possessions. I got it on Etsy years ago and love its shabby chic vibe, especially the poppy colors. The cup is quite sturdy, probably made of porcelain. I like to enjoy a classic English Breakfast in it, or a bright Darjeeling if I’m lucky enough to have some on hand.

Ok, of course the irony here is that you should never, ever use tap water to brew any tea. But I like this glass bottle for taking iced teas on the go. If I know I’m out and about the next day, I like to cold brew second steepings of a tea to compare the hot and cold versions. This bottle makes a great on-the-go drinking accessory not only because it doesn’t carry over flavors, but also because it’s a reminder to myself and others to stay green.

This Chinese teacup is a vintage find. I got it at Pikes Place in Seattle several years ago at a dingy little shack of a store. The cup was hidden in the back amongst a host of granny-approved treasures. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I felt like Indiana Jones finding the Holy Grail when I got my hands on it. The cup is made of very thin bone china–extremely fragile–but great for enjoying an expensive Puerh.

This is the most practical tea ware piece in my collection, a Japanese Hario Tea Pot. I literally use it everyday. Lately, it has become a part of my sommelier coursework protocol (here, you see it with a Young Puerh). I park this on a tray with tasting cups, a thermometer, and a timer so that I can get to work. The teapot is ideal for a singular tea drinker, and because it’s made of tempered glass you can enjoy watching your tea leaves “dance” as they brew.

Again, there is an element irony here because I never use this teapot to brew tea–I use this pot solely for food photography purposes. Because of its broken handle, this gem cost only 50 cents at the local Goodwill store. The check out lady was kind enough to stick on several layers of tape over the sharp edges where the handle broke off. I like that the classic blue and white teapot design looks both iconic and humble at the same time.

This Japanese Kami cup comes straight from Hokkaido, and is made from precisely shaped castor aralia wood. To protect the natural wood grain, the cup is sealed with a protective coating. I love to drink organic, ceremonial grade matcha in this cup–the frothy leaf green against the natural wood color brings me a sense of peace.

I am so glad Bonnie agreed to participate in this series. Her favorite tea objects are gorgeous!


  1. Such an thrill to be featured on your site, Georgia! And "renaissance?" Wow, thanks!! ;)

    1. Georgia | Notes on Tea11/23/15, 9:28 PM

      You have such a varied background, Bonnie. Your contribution is gorgeous. Thank you!


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