I enjoy creative products that make our lives easier or more interesting. As a tea drinker, I have my party tea set ready but generally, I find that I’m having tea for one, be it at home or at work or when I’m simply on the go. Here is a list of products that will hopefully make your tea for one as enjoyable as having tea for a party. 🙂
- Tea For One Teapot Cup
Leave the tray behind and carry a teapot cup with you. You’ll have a spare hand to hold a spoon, creamer, or saucer (some of these teapot cups even come with a saucer). Prices vary and there are plenty available on eBay.
Similar to this concept is the Matryoshka Tea for Two (US$48+). It’s a ceramic teapot with two different-sized teacup ‘heads’ and a strainer!
Another one that I like is this Little Red Riding Hood Tea For One (US$38+) – ceramic teapot, teacup, strainer, and tea basket (to hold your teabag). Too adorable!
How do you like your tea? These mugs have a colour guide inside the cup for you to match your tea accordingly – Milky, Classic British, Builders Brew, or Just Tea. These go for US$16 on Amazon or around C$23+.
Don’t have a green bin (compost) or saucer near you? Tuck your teabag in here!
- Tea Mug with Spoon Holder
Don’t have a saucer to lay your teaspoon? The handle will hold it for you! Dollarama sells spoon-holding mugs for C$2-3 but there are nicer ones available elsewhere if you’re willing to pay more.
This one comes with a lid (that can serve as a teabag holder) and spoon (US$9.99-11.99).
- Silicone Lids
Silicone lids are my new favourites. 🙂 You can steep your tea or cover the teacup (or mug) to keep dust from falling into your tea. Dollarama sells some plain silicone lids for around C$1-2. Daiso sells prettier silicone lids for C$2. eBay has quite a few, ranging from C$2.50-6:
Some of these silicone lids even act as spoon holders, like the one below or this one. The average price for these are C$2-5.
At work / On the go…
- Ceramic cup with silicone sleeve and lid
Move away from disposable paper cups – even if you can recycle them. Find a reusable ceramic mug that will keep your beverage hot and protect your hands from betting burnt! You can purchase one at the dollar store (Dollarama, for instance) for around C$1-3 or find a fancier mug on eBay for C$12-20+.
Or you could try a smaller version – I’m Not a Paper Cup: Thermal Insulated Ceramic Eco Cup Travel Mug Silicone Lid for £4.75. The sleeve is already attached to the cup (won’t slip off) and you’ll have a better grip on your handle-less mug.
- Spoon Holders
Get a porcelain mug with silicone lid and silicone sleeve with spoon holder – for US$50. Yes, the price is steep but there are alternatives for US$0.50 (Alibaba.com) or US$0.90 (Lulusoso.com).
This acrylic travel mug comes with a removable strainer basket for loose tea leaves or teabags. Average price is around US/C $16-19.
- Silicone Tea Infuser
The tea infuser that I have is a collapsible tea filter with lid (doubles as teabag saucer when you’re done steeping), which I’d found at Winners for around C$5-8.
A good alternative would be this Trudeau Silicone Strawberry Tea Infuser with Lid Set, which would be excellent if you’re afraid of adding too many tea leaves.
I’ve been looking for something like this my whole life: an infuser + spoon / stirring stick + tea scooper! Tea leaves go in one way and can be easily emptied at the other end. Saves you from having too many tea utensils.