Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tea Corners PART 1: Necesssities

Since I blog mostly about mori kei and fashion, I think my love for tea hasn't really been made known. Guess what? I LOVE tea! I like the way it smells and tastes and looks and sounds in their tin and all the different types that suit different moods. I could go on, but then I'd never get to the purpose of today's post!

Tea corners! What's a tea corner? Just where you stash your tea and the things you need to make it. Here's mine. (Excuse the poor lighting, my room is not lit for photos)

1. Tea (duh)

Obviously tea will come in handy for your tea corner, but instead of just stocking it with your favorite generic tea bags, try branching out into loose leaf or order a sample pack from an esteemed tea company! 
Try a sampler from some of my favorite brands: 
Harney & Sons  
Republic of Tea

 2. Tea tins

Tea tins are those things Teavana pushes on you every time you buy tea there. "What size tin do you want?" when you don't want one at all.
Turns out, tins are important for keeping your tea fresh because it blocks out light and air. Also they don't have to be as expensive as the ones Teavana sells. Most loose-leaf teas will come with them, but if you purchase your loose-leaf in bulk, it's pretty likely you'll have to buy a tin separately. Try some from ebay, amazon, taobao, or your local craft store.  
Just make sure they block out light and are at least somewhat air-tight.

3. Storage for tea bags.  

Admittedly, I use more loose leaf than tea bags, but the bags to tend to accumulate. I use a small box meant for office supplies bought from Target. If you prefer to display your tea bags, you might want something a little more fancy

4. Tea pots

Have at least one every day pot (preferably one that comes with an infuser) and at least one fancy pot for company.  
I have an older version of the For Life Stump Teapot as my everyday pot and a Teavana glass pot for special occasions. 


My dream pot that I think can be used for both casual and formal settings is a Frieling Tea Maker. ♡ 

5. Teacups

Again, it's best to have some for company and some for solo drinkings. I, however, don't follow this rule because 1) The fancy teacups I want are too expensive and 2) I'd probably use them for everyday anyways. Instead, I just collect whatever cups I like. My handle-less cups that are used for milk-less teas are also from For Life. Other than that, I tend to collect whatever cups I admire.


In the next part of this series, I'll recommend more specific items to get for your tea corner that you might not think you'd need!

Until then,

Miss Kellie