Round in shape and with a beautiful glazed brown exterior, this teapot has been a favorite for many generations.
It’s perfect for your everyday pot of tea.
Easy to use and easy to clean, your home may not feel complete without one of these teapots. It comes in many sizes and in the characteristic brown color.
Its adorable round shape has been copied worldwide, so how can you be sure you own a genuine Brown Betty?
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So what is a Brown Betty teapot? Also known as Red Ware teapot, it is a type of teapot made from red clay that has a round shape and is coated in a characteristic manganese brown glaze.
The First Teapots
The red clay was first sourced from the area of Stoke-on-Trent, in England at the end of the 17th century. This clay was believed to retain heat better and therefore was preferred for pottery.
The famous glaze that gives the teapot its brown color is known as a Rockingham glaze, which is strong, durable and gives it a wonderful clean and shiny look.
At first this was a slim and tall teapot, much like a coffee pot, which was used only by the elite of the 17th century. This was when tea was a rare and very expensive commodity, but this would soon change.
During the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, tea plantations were set up in the British colonies in India, making tea much cheaper and available in larger quantities for the lower classes.
At the same time, the Brown Betty took on its famous rounded shape and became a popular item in most English households.
It is the combination of the heat-retaining clay and the rounded shape that still gives the Brown Betty the reputation of being a superior teapot.
Its shape allows the loose leaf teas to swirl and brew with greater freedom a better, less bitter, pot of tea.
How to check if you own a Brown Betty teapot or how to make sure you buy a genuine one? Let’s find out.
What is the right size of the teapot? The Brown Betty comes in different sizes, from small ones that serve 2 cups to bigger ones that hold enough tea for 8 cups.
Choose the one that is most appropriate for you.
The traditional Brown Betty is, of course, brown, but you can now purchase a new version of this teapot that is still made in England with the same heat-resistant clay and with the same round shape.
The only difference is, of course, the color.
More precisely it comes in with a glazing in cobalt blue and therefore gets the name Cobalt Betty teapot.
These teapots are not very expensive, but real ones can sometimes be hard to find, so look for all the signs that make it a genuine Brown Betty teapot.
Making a cup of tea in a Brown Betty tea is incredibly easy. So put the kettle on and choose your tea.
Your Brown Betty teapot will serve your tea to perfection!
One of the great things about a Brown Betty teapot is that the glazed interior allows you to brew any kind of tea you wish.
Here quick suggestions for you:
The two exceptions would be matcha tea as it does not require a teapot to be made and flowering tea that would be best brewed in a glass teapot, as seeing the tea ball open is part of the fun of this tea.
Enjoy any tea you love made directly in your Brown Betty teapot.
A Brown Betty teapot is a great teapot because it is both dishwasher-safe and heat resistant. Still, it is better to care for your teapot like you would with any other ceramic teapot.
Washing your teapot
Keeping your teapot
Taking care of your teapot will ensure you many great cups of tea for a long time.
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This is a teapot that can be matched with any tea cup or mug that you have at home. So here is a small list of suggestions to increase your enjoyment when using this teapot:
Take time to enjoy your tea and your new teapot. These tea accessories will help enhance the whole tea drinking experience.
Drinking tea is a ritual that goes back many centuries and is filled with wonderful tradition. Brew your tea in the Victorian fashion and take a moment to relax.
Now you are ready to enjoy the perfect cup of English tea.
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