BBC spots a hand-crafted teapot made from dark chocolate. The teapot contains 65% cocoa solids and guess what: it brews a cup of tea with ‘hints’ of chocolate. It was filled with chocolate, shaken to remove air bubbles, and the excess chocolate was poured off […]
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Liu Yiqian, a Chinese multimillionaire, recently bought a 35 million USD wine cup from the Ming Dynasty, but got in trouble online by showing a picture of himself sipping tea out of it. This is what the rich art collector said: “Emperor Qianlong of the Ming Dynasty has used it, now I’ve used it” and “I just wanted to see how it felt.” The cup, he added, “isn’t a commercial product appropriate for the masses.”
On Weibo, a Chinese social media site, Chinese art lovers and people in the lower classes of society are furious:
“You think you can drink it and become immortal?”
“In fact, isn’t it just a way to satisfy your vanity?”
The reason of all this rage is because this ‘chicken cup’ (also known as ‘Mei Yin Tang’) probably the most celebrated porcelain in Chinese history and there are only 17 left in the world. See the tea cup in the below image. It’s delicately crafted with flawless translucent sides flaring out from the countersunk base to a subtly everted rim. The outside is painted in faint outlines of cobalt blue under the glaze and picked out in overglaze enamels of yellow, green, light and dark olive green. In addition, two tones of iron red is used with a lively continuous scene of a red rooster and his golden hen out in a garden with their chicks. One side of the cup depicting the rooster with his head turned back to see the hen pecking at a red-winged insect on the ground.
Tea isn’t quite so proper these days. There isn’t really the ceremony of bringing out a tea set, setting out a pot, milk and sugar, and drinking tea around the table from delicate tea cups. Tea seems more utilitarian – with thermoses and tumblers with strainers […]
Tea drinking has gotten more awesome these days. From selling mugs and tea pots with grips like a gun, mugs that change color and design according to heat, a mug where the handle is brass knuckles, to big figures like Barack Obama and Celebrities like Lady Gaga drinking the stuff constantly – tea has become pretty epic. Tea is not to be messed with, especially with the recent news that a woman fought off a mugger with her cup of tea.
In Pennsylvania on March 7th, a woman, leaving the Wawa, was approached by a man who demanded her wallet. The woman refuses to give her wallet to him and is trying to get away. To defend herself, she tossed her hot tea in his face and alerted another citizen, who in turn called the police, and the man was apprehended. The man was charged with robbery and related offenses.
This is pretty amazing. To use hot tea to evade getting robbed from, getting hurt or killed? Think of the superhero spin offs – Madame Potts and her side-kick Tea Bag-ster, fighting crime with the power of a hot cup of tea.
Well probably not, but a girl can dream. Though it does show that tea can really help do a lot of things. It’s not just helping out around the house, or doing cool art projects – you can protect yourself and others. So tea warriors, feel awesome with that cup of tea in your hand, you’ll never know when you’ll need it.