Drinking tea from fine porcelain cups really is a pleasure. While the type of tea cup used for drinking tea may not really make that much difference to the actual flavor of the tea you are drinking, it can definitely enhance the whole experience. If you are simply looking for a quick cup of tea it is natural to grab a teabag and your favorite mug and make your tea, however when entertaining it can really add to the enjoyment of serving and drinking tea if you use fine tea cups and saucers to serve your tea.
Whether you have antique cups or you just recently bought your cups and saucers set you will want to take good care of them. Unfortunately, the finer the porcelain the easier it is to both chip or crack it. There are a few simple tips to follow that will help your sets last longer, and they are not that difficult to adhere to.
First of all, it is highly recommended that you rinse your teapot out with warm water before you pour boiling water into it. This is great at preventing enamel cracks and at also warming the pot so that it can accommodate the freshly boiled water as well.
When it is time to wash your dishes, do not place your fine china in the dishwasher. Instead, wash each cup and saucer separately by hand, and then dry them immediately and put them away. Dishes left stacked to dry on drying racks can sometimes slip and fall, or they can easily become bumped by other dishes placed on top of or around them.
For storing your tea cups and saucers, you should make an effort not to stack the cups up inside a cupboard. This can also result in the cups becoming chipped or even handles breaking off if the porcelain is particularly fine. It is fine, and actually preferable, to sit the cup on the saucer and then place both in a cupboard, or dresser. In fact, nicely displayed crockery can really enhance your kitchen or dining room décor, so if you are able to somehow display it–whether by setting it out on sideboards or having it behind a glass cupboard door–it will add to the warmth and style of your kitchen.