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As the saying goes, “water is the mother of tea and utensils are the father of tea”, utensils as an important carrier for tea also serve as a medium that decides the quality of tea. “Appropriate utensils bring out the best in tea”. Therefore, choosing the right teaware plays an important role in tasting tea.

One, Classification of Tea Cups

Tea cups come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Common types of tea cups include porcelain, ceramic, glass, stainless steel and clay. Porcelain tea cups are made from a type of clay that has been fired at high temperatures and is known for its delicate texture and elegant appearance. Ceramic tea cups are made from a mixture of clay and other minerals which makes them strong and durable. Glass tea cups are usually made from tempered or borosilicate glass which makes them very resistant to heat. Stainless steel tea cups are often insulated which helps keep beverages hot for a long time. Clay or earthenware tea cups have a unique look due to their earthy texture and colouring.

Our country has a wide variety of teaware, with beautiful shapes and functions of practicality and art appreciation. The classification of two tea cups usually depends on their shapes, generally called cups, cups, etc.

Lantern: Open-mouth, slanting body, deep abdomen, and circled foot, the body is slightly small; Black glaze is most valuable; Typical lantern cups are called Tianmu Lanterns; Also known as Jianlan Cups.

Press cup: The mouth is flat and outwardly cocked, the abdomen wall is nearly vertical, contracted from the lower abdomen wall, and circled with the foot. Take Ming Yin Yongle blue and white pressure cup as the typical one.

Scooping Cup: With the mouth slightly protruding outward, belly slightly tucked in, rolling into a round circle with feet, this is the most commonly used cup in everyday life.

Three, Six-Sided Cup: six sides that flow straight and upturned, with curves in between. The hexagonal shape is tall and slim, the lines and surfaces are refreshingly clear, the edges are distinct, glazed with ru glaze, making it rounder to use.

Lotus Petal Cup: The cup body is opened like fish scales and cicada wings, after long use, the tea color will be on the cracks, forming a varied and beautiful pattern.

5. Chicken Cage Cup: Open mouth, shallow abdomen, lying feet. The cup is painted with female, male and chick on the top, interspersed with rocks, orchids, peonies, so it is called chicken cage cup. It is most famous for its Ming and Qing dynasties.

The best combination of teacup and tea set

Green tea: It is generally better to use a transparent glass cup, of course a blue and white porcelain cup can also be used, but it must be without a lid.

Red tea: Teapots, mugs, coffee cups, etc.; of course you can also choose white glaze purple sand, white porcelain and warm-colored porcelain.

Flower tea: Generally choose porcelain with blue flowers for cups and bowls with lids.

Oolong tea: It is best to use purple clay teapot and cups; or white porcelain teapot and cups, with lids is also okay.

Puer Tea: Purple-Sand or Ceramic Teaware

Third, the placement of tea cups and tea sets.

Pay attention to rationality, practicality, aesthetics and so on; try to be orderly, balanced on both sides and don’t block.


Generally put the teacup in the front of the guest’s line of sight; To show respect, generally don’t pour the spout facing towards the guest, and the pattern of the teaware should face the guest, placed neatly, letting the guest feel like they are home.