Archive for February, 2014

Tea Sub-whatnow?

Sometimes it can be hard deciding what you’re looking for in a new tea.

The scenario goes like this: You’ve settled on your favourite teas. Your cupboards are abundant with familiar flavours. You’ve been drinking them for ages. You’ve unfortunately become bored. and can’t even look at your regulars.

What do you do now?

Hopping into a shop and getting someone to recommend something for you is a fantastic idea. Often, somebody else’s habitual brews will be the spark to ignite our enthusiasm for the unknown.

Need variety and need it now? Mixed packs could have you on your way to developing a new favourite. They’ll often be chosen around a style of tea, or around a particular theme. P & T out of Berlin have some great triple packs showcasing famous, delicate and always premium grade leaf styles. (Hint, make sure you’re on the English version of the site).

A newer idea gaining prevalence is that of the TEA SUBSCRIPTION. Professionals will carefully curate packs for you and conveniently ship exciting and sometimes rare and singular tea to your home.

Tomte, based in Mosman, do varied lengths of tea subscriptions. When they send the leaf to you, it will be accompanied with a detailed description of where and how the tea is grown, harvested and processed. You sip, hydrate and learn too!

Keep your eyes peeled for a subscription by Teasense – a budding company in the early stages of planning how their subscriptions are going to look. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Steepster Select can sort you out if you’re in the U.S, but also have definite plans to take their subscriptions worldwide. Don’t worry – they have a notification system you can join, so, the moment the subscriptions can be sent to your corner of the globe, they’ll drop you a line. Steepster Select has grown from a user-generated-content tea reviewing platform.

Your homework this week?

Go out and try a tea you’ve never heard of – get someone to recommend something wacky!

Knave of cups x



Posted by cupsandsaucers on the 9th of February 2014

Tea cups and hula hoops, a love story

It’s been a while since we’ve posted and there are many exciting things to tell you about.. A few snippets.. Our collection has continued to grow to over 200 beautiful tea trios, Oscar is running wild and stealing hearts in dog parks in and around Sydney, and the Knave of Cups is back and has some beautiful topics to word-smith and share with you this year!

Most significantly, we are busy organising a wedding ourselves for the gorgeous Alicia and dashing Haren. Which has got us thinking… We’re lucky to organise lovely china for many Baby Showers, Hens parties and Weddings, and we hear lots of great ideas for making these events unique and memorable. What I’m wanting to do this year is start sharing some of these as inspiration for you!

So here we go.. if you’re anything like Alicia and want a Hens that is colourful and quirky (and, let’s be honest, less focused on male genitalia) how about some hula-hooping to work off those delicious cup cakes. We’ve seen Phoebe Linguini in action and she is incredible not only at performing, but creating a fun atmosphere for your group to learn the basics and start spinning!

For those of you who like the details, Phoebe is a Professional hoop dancer and Australian Sports Commission accredited coach. We’ve spoken to her, and her group packages are interactive, flexible for your needs, set to music of your choice and all hoops and provided!

This is a lot of fun and will guarantee a giggle or three. Great if you’re setting up outside too! More ideas and info to come… Kx

Miss Phoebe Linguini

Miss Phoebe Linguini




Posted by cupsandsaucers on the 2nd of February 2014