Posts Tagged ‘Tea Set’

Enter This Week’s Tea Set Giveaway Contest!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Freebies and contests can be lots of fun for those who enter, and even more fun for those who win. This week, Pacific Merchants is going to give away another of our beautiful Price & Kensington five piece tea sets to one lucky winner!

You could win this tea set (or one like it)!

Win a Tea Set!

This week, we’re asking our facebook fans to write on our wall and let us know how they like their tea: iced or hot? Earl Grey, Green, or another variety entirely? Do you add any sweetener, or do you prefer your tea ‘au natural?’

About the Tea Set

Our winner will get to pick any color of our five piece Price & Kensington tea sets. Each of these tea sets include one 16 ounce (two cup) teapot, two tea mugs, and two over sized teapot-shaped tea caddies. There are eight colors to choose from: cobalt blue, white, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple and green.

We’ll choose our winner on Friday, April 8th, so be sure to get your entry in so that you can win, and watch our Facebook wall for the announcement of our selection!

Invite us to your Tea Party

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

“There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and the talking over its head. ‘Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; ‘only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’

The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: ‘No room! No room!’ they cried out when they saw Alice coming. ‘There’s plenty of room!’ said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.” -From Lewis Carroll’s Classic Alice in Wonderland

Reading up on the classics can be a great way to spend a Spring afternoon. While curling up with a copy of Alice in Wonderland, our Account Executive Jill got to thinking how crazy a tea party like the one described in the book would actually be. Before she knew it, her mind had wandered to consideration of the interesting individuals she’d like to take tea with.

“I have often wondered what it would be like to stop and pick Sandra Day O’Connor’s brain,” mused Jill, “not only was she the first Female Supreme Court Justice, but beyond that, Justice O’Connor had to overcome the fact that no law firm in the state of California wanted to hire her once she’d graduated law school. Add to that the fact that she was a wife to a man who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for 20 years before he passed away as well as a mother to three sons, and Justice O’Connor seems to be fascinating on all levels.”

Price & Kensington's 5 Piece Teaset in Blue

All this thought of interesting conversation mixed with Carroll’s colorful tea party scene got Jill wondering- who would make the most interesting tea party guest? Right now, we’re hosting a contest on our facebook fan page– simply become a fan of Pacific Merchants and tell us who you’d have tea with (dead or alive) and why! We’ll pick a winner Friday night, April 1st to receive a five piece Price & Kensington tea set– the winner gets to choose one of seven available colors. Hurry and get your entry in so you can win!

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.

Learn About Scones With Pacific Merchants

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

January is National Hot Tea Month, and while there’s plenty to be said about tea on its own, we thought that now would be the perfect time to explore tea’s favorite sidekick: scones.

The Origin of the Scone

According to many reputable sources, scones most likely originated from Scotland. Made from the best white flour, scones began in a large round shape, as opposed to the triangular shape that many are formed in today. When it became time to serve the scone, it was sliced up in to quarters to be served to tea guests. There are three potential origins for the word “scone”: the Dutch, schoonbrot, and the German, sconbrot, both meaning “fine bread,” or the Gaelic, sgon, which means “large mouthful”.

Bake Your own Scones

Pacific Merchants’ own Mason Cash line has their own brand of scone mix! Available exclusively on our website, this scone mix is easy to use and delicious, and the perfect thing to make in our Mason Cash mixing bowls. We have three varieties available: original scone mix, currant scone mix, and cranberry orange scone mix, all of which are very popular.

Have A Spot of Tea with Price & Kensington

When your scones are finished baking, make sure you have your Price & Kensington tea set ready to go! Available in two-cup and four-cup sizes, our tea sets come securely packaged. Our two person tea set includes a 16 ounce tea pot, two 10-ounce mugs and two tea caddies, while our four person tea set includes a 40 ounce tea pot, four tea mugs and four tea caddies. For more information on our Mason Cash scone mix or our Price & Kensington line of tea accessories, head over to pacificmerchants.com

Learn About Tea with Price & Kensington

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Get ready for your next tea party!

Most people don’t know their pekoe from their earl grey—the average person just knows their opinion of hot tea. If you’ve never found the tea that floats your boat, but would like to give it a try, take a trip with Price & Kensington and Pacific Merchants and learn what you need to know in order to find the right tea for your teapot!

Tea is made from the dried processed leaves of camellia sinensis. Chinese teas are smaller leaves that tend to grow at higher altitudes, while Indian teas usually have larger leaves and grow at lower altitudes. There are four types of tea: black, white, green, and oolong, and they differ due to the techniques used in processing.

White teas, the latest trend in tea, are not oxidized during production, so they are fired as quickly as possible in order to prevent the opportunity for oxidization. These leaves are not rolled, broken, or bruised in order to ensure a premium product, and often times you will still find tiny silver hairs of new growth present on the buds, which has led to them being dubbed “silver needle” teas. A 2004 study found that white tea can help your immune system and it is also purported that white tea has the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea variety, giving it the highest cancer-fighting power.

Black teas are leaves that are fully oxidized. Typically, these leaves are rolled and left out for up to a day in order to allow all of the moisture from within the leaves to evaporate. Often, the most caffeine is found within black teas. Black teas are known for their power in preventing strokes as they help promote high-functioning arteries, as well as their excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

Green tea leaves are not allowed to oxidize, much like white teas. The leaves are often laid out to allow for evaporation, but are then immediately steamed or pan fried in order to neutralize enzymes. The leaves are then rolled in preparation for their final drying, and then packaged. Green tea is high in antioxidants and has been found to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Additionally, green tea has been found to aid in weight loss in many studies.

Finally, oolong tea is a bruised leaf that is partially oxidized, and then steamed in order to end the oxidization process and neutralize enzymes. Some oolong teas are more like black teas, while some are more toward a green tea. Oxidization rates range from 10-70%. Some of the noted benefits of oolong tea include possible reduction in cholesterol and many people have claimed that it aids in treating digestive disorders.

No matter what type of tea you choose, or what benefits you are seeking to receive from your tea (even if it’s just a moment of relaxation), Pacific Merchants has a full variety of teapots, tea sets, and tea cups perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having a spot of tea by yourself, or having a full-fledged tea party, take a look at Pacific Merchants wide selection of traditional Price & Kensington tea items.

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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