Tea has been among us for a long time and by looking at its demand and popularity, it is likely to stay that way for the upcoming era as well. With modern day services, you can buy tea online and get your favorite flavors at your doorstep. Now all you need to do is to toss it in your cup along with some hot water and sugar (and milk too, if that suits you better).
Tea cups and saucer play an important role to enhance the entire tea feast experience. Well, in some part of India, tea is served in earthen pots and glassware, but there is no denying the fact that nothing can replace a decent tea set. We have been using these since our childhood, but the question is for how long have they been among us?
Let’s get a glance at the history of cups and saucers. Tea set has evolved a lot since its origin at 206-220 BC. At first, it was primarily made in China, white and blue colored, with no handle, pretty much like the ones still used in the Middle East. As a matter of fact, it was called ‘tea bowls’.
Tea cups were first imported by the East India Trading Company from China during the time of George IV of United Kingdom. This way, cups made of porcelain and clay began to manufacture in both, China and India. In the year 1750, a man named Robert Adams influenced the addition of handles to the cups. He motivated this new design because the traditional ones could sometimes be very clumsy.
The history of saucers is recent as compared to its counterpart, as it appeared in the year 1700. At first, it was the custom to drink the tea from the tea bowl. Later, a small amount of tea was poured into the saucer to promote rapid cooling. With time, the size of saucers has changed significantly, now functioning more like a platform to hold the cup in its center. Though in several parts of the world, a considerable number of people still practice this custom from time to time, presumably as a tradition.
With time, the materials used to make these tea sets evolved a lot. You can find cups and saucers made up of bone china, glass, ceramic, stainless steel, plastic and even wood.
Feel its time to have some tea in cups and saucers?