Considered by most tea lovers (both experts and novices alike) to be the finest shaped teapot in the world, the Brown Betty teapot has been long loved for its useful, well-planned shape and strong, highly durable construction.
The History of Brown Betty Teapots
In 1695, the Stoke-on-Trent region of Britain was found to have superior red-clay dirt, perfect for making stoneware in all types of shapes. It was this area that would give us the now-iconic Brown Betty Teapot, as well as Spode dinnerware, all considered “stoke pottery.” Additionally, Queen Victoria herself was a fan of the Brown Betty design, and thus helped increase its popularity throughout England.
The Benefits of the Brown Betty Shape
Although Stoke teapots were originally shaped more like a coffee pot, stoke potters eventually began to change the shape. Ultimately, the modification of the design of stoke teapots resulted in what we now know as the Brown Betty teapot. The bulbous design of the main chamber is said to be perfect for allowing tea leaves (or tea bags, if you will) the best opportunity to swirl about the water, resulting in a more full tea flavor with less bitterness- what many consider the perfect cup of tea.
Pacific Merchants’ Brown Betty style Teapots
Pacific Merchants is thrilled to be the official United States importer of Price & Kensington, a line of Stoke pottery with over 100 years of history. Price & Kensington’s Brown Betty style teapots are fun and festive, as well as durably constructed. Pacific Merchants offers multiple colors of Brown Betty-inspired teapots, as well as teapot sets that include our color-coordinated tea mugs and tea caddies.