March 17, 2016

Favorite Tea Ware - Lu Ann Pannunzio of The Cup of Life

As a tea drinker, and I am sure this is true for you, I adore teaware, from the chasen to the yixing teapot. Everyone has their favorites! This series showcases the favorite teaware of folks in the tea blogging community. Coincidentally today's favorite wares are courtesy of Canadian blogger Lu Ann Pannunzio. Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a state visit to the U.S. Lu Ann shares her enthusiasm for tea on The Cup of Life.

This teacup is probably my most favourite out of the few tea wares I’m sharing today. My mom has this gorgeous Royal Albert tea set that I believe was a wedding gift years ago. I used to admire it when I was younger because it was one of those items that were never used and just for show. I remember thinking how sad that was because I always dreamed of having an afternoon tea party with her and this set. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I was talking to my mom about how fun it would be to finally put it to use. She wouldn’t budge but she did notice that one of the tea cups stored had a tiny crack in it and decided to part with it and pass it to me. I think I filled that teacup ten times that day, it was definitely an exciting and surprise moment! Unfortunately, that tiny crack has been growing but it doesn’t affect the use of the teacup at all.

After going back and forth, I decided my Bonavita kettle deserves to be listed as a favourite. Water is an important element of tea and I can’t thank this kettle enough for making tea time easier. When I started with tea I never paid attention to water temperatures. I just used a typical whistling kettle on the stove and pour it over the leaves no matter what type. Later I purchased a tea thermometer but truthfully, I was bad at committing to using it. Then came this beauty. I love that it is digital and that I am able to set it to whichever temperature I need. It also heats up water quite fast and will hold the temperate for up to an hour. The gooseneck makes it so fun to pour with, too.

On a recent trip to Chinatown in Toronto, my boyfriend and I went hunting for some tea ware. We scored a gaiwan for four bucks, but my favourite were these little tasting cups which were under a dollar each. We purposely only bought two because we save them to use for our tea sessions together which we try to commit to doing at least once a week (usually on Tuesdays which we then call Teasday haha).

This last one isn’t exactly functional but the beauty makes up for that. Many years ago my sister went to Nashville for her birthday and brought me back this teapot keychain. It has been with me ever since and luckily only a few jewels have fallen out. My sister is the reason I first fell in love with tea so it’s nice to have something from her that is tea related to keep and remember that.

I have a pair of teapot earrings so I understand your enthusiam for the teapot keychain, Lu Ann. Thank you for sharing your favorite tea ware with us. All photos and stories courtesy of Lu Ann Pannunzio.

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