Posts Tagged ‘British Tea Set’

Meet our Friend Brown Betty

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

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

Price & Kensington's Brown Betty Style Teapot

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.

Putting the “Party” into Tea!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010


Just last week, Pacific Merchants introduced a brand new, exclusive import at the New York Fancy Food Show: Price & Kensington Teapots. This storied British line is truly fabulous, and the response to it exceeded our very high expectations!

Reminiscent of the traditional “Brown Betty”, Price & Kensington teapots are stout and sturdy. Their design allows tea leaves to swirl capaciously in the pot as hot water is added. The result is a heady, full-bodied tea. And while the tea a Price & Kensington pot produces is second to none, it is no drab homebody. Sorry, Betty! Instead, Price & Kensington puts the “party” into tea. (I’m thinking Alice in Wonderland, here, people!) Produced in a wide array of rich glazes, Price & Kensington teapots provide all the satisfying functionality associated with traditional styling, as well as a vivid palette of designer colors meant to enhance any kitchen. And did I mention they are an excellent value? Well, they are! Charming mugs and teapot-shaped tea bag rests complete the Price & Kensington line, all in matching colors.

So put the “party” into tea, and enjoy! Isn’t it about time?

“When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.”

—Lewis Carroll


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