5 non-fiction podcast miniseries to get stuck into (that aren’t news or true crime)

Lauren Heskin

Sunday baking: Pecan cinnamon rolls

Meg Walker

Sofia Vergara finally wins battle with ex over embryos

Jennifer McShane

4 comfy yet chic outfit ideas to get you ready for a post-lockdown world

Edaein OConnell

8 predictions for the 2021 Best Picture Oscar nominations

Jennifer McShane

This terraced home in Donnybrook is on the market for €1.45 million

Megan Burns

Alice Ward on her Irish surf film featuring the female surfers who call our wild...

Lauren Heskin

‘They won’t stop until she miscarries’: Chrissy Teigen is right to defend Meghan Markle

Jennifer McShane

5 ingenious small space design ideas inspired by real homes

Lauren Heskin

Image / Living / Interiors

Upgrade your tea break with these cool cups and perfect pots


by Megan Burns
27th Aug 2020

Make your tea or coffee break feel a little more special with these cups, teapots and coffee pots.


Things are a little different when WFH: our commute is a thing of the past, and there’s no co-workers to chat to about our weekend, but you can be sure we’re still enjoying our morning tea or coffee break.

There’s something wonderful about this little ritual. Of course, it provides us with an energy boost in the form of caffeine, but the way it forces us to stop working for a few minutes and wait for a kettle to boil, tea to steep or coffee to brew provides a few moments to relax (for those of us not home-schooling children, anyway).

Why not elevate your morning ritual a little with a new mug to enjoy your favourite brew from, or a gorgeous pot so you can make enough for your partner, or housemates.

Mugs

Even the most hurriedly-made basic cup of tea or coffee will feel just that little bit nicer in a great mug, so choose one that you truly love.

tea and coffee accessories

Perfect for people who prefer a generously sized mug, this minimalist design from 9 Yard Ceramic in Dublin has a beautifully balanced shape that makes this more interesting than your average mug. The hand-thrown clay is left unglazed on the outside giving it a tactile finish. Stoneware mug, €26, Irish Design Shop.

tea and coffee accessories

If there’s always two of you at teatime, why not get matching teacups to elevate your break a little? This glass pair have a vintage vibe, and with matching saucers, there’s even somewhere to perch a biscuit on the side. Tila set of two ribbed glass teacups and saucers, €30, Oliver Bonas.

tea and coffee accessories

I love the rich, multi-toned green of this mug, and its shape is elegant without being precious, a perfect everyday cup. Green earthenware mug, €7.99, Zara Home.

tea and coffee accessories

If espresso is more your vibe, then go for something suitably sized, like this cute set of espresso pots from Arran St East. Available in a range of colours, all that’s left to do is decide whether you want to drink out of the ‘in’ or ‘out’ cup on any given day. Set of two espresso pots, €35, Arran St East.

tea and coffee accessories

If you’re reluctant to spend money on a nice mug because you’re, as Monica from Friends would say, “a dropper”, then this gorgeous speckled design is the one for you. Made from almost indestructible enamel, it’s impervious to the odd knock off the table. Hay sprinkle enamel mug, £11, Maven.

tea and coffee accessories

Loose tea enthusiasts will know that it can be annoying to brew a whole pot for just one person, so this clever design makes it easy to just make one cup. You can then simply lift the filter out and your mug of tea is ready to enjoy. Unimug One Cup Tea Infuser, €17.95, Article.

tea and coffee accessories

Maybe your perfect mug has a fun design on it, and if so let me direct you to this one from Clare V.’s collaboration with Anthropologie. Each one is handcrafted and handpainted, and will add a quirky touch to your morning brew. Clare V. Maisonette mug, €16, Anthropologie.

Teapots

As a tea enthusiast, I don’t believe in just making one cup of tea (why have one cup of tea when you could have two?), so a teapot is an everyday item for me. There are a huge range of styles to choose from, so don’t think I’m talking about that stainless steel one your mum swears by.

tea and coffee accessories

Inspired by a Japanese design, this beautiful teapot has a no-drip spout and a built-in infuser for loose tea. As it’s on the smaller side, it’s also ideal if you’re usually making a solo brew. Ceramic Lab Teapot, €75, Article.

tea and coffee accessories

Made from terracotta, this gorgeous design will add an earthy vibe to your tea break. The wooden handle and brass handle also add small touches of contrast. Skagerak Edge teapot, £125, Maven.

tea and coffee accessories

Okay, I know I just said that I was going to show you something different than the stainless steel teapots that are found in every kitchen in Ireland, but I promise you this one is. Not only is its shape much more modern, it’s actually a hob kettle, which is great for people with tiny kitchens who lack the counter space for an electric kettle.

You can just pop your teabag straight in once it’s boiled, and I’d definitely be happy for this to sit on my table at tea time. Metallisk kettle, €25, Ikea.

If I owned this teapot, it would sit proudly in the middle of my table at all times, or at least perched on a shelf where it could easily be seen. Its matt surface and bamboo handle give off a very zen vibe, and it’s a generous enough size to serve a whole gathering of people. Stelton Theo teapot, €99.95, Finnish Design Shop.

Coffee pots

There’s something nice about having a pot of coffee next to you as you work, ready and waiting if you want another cup. It’s also easier when making coffee for a few people than making lots of individual cups.

This cute coffee pot will add a touch of pastel sunshine to your kitchen, and it’s great for a daily brew for yourself. It will also look very chic if you subtly leave it in the background during video meetings. Hay small coffee pot, €65, Finnish Design Shop.

With a nice retro feel, this Italian-style coffee pot comes straight from the hob to your table. With a beech handle, it’s large enough to make six cups. Aluminium coffee pot, €29.99, Zara Home.

This pretty ceramic French Press will certainly act as a centrepiece to your table, and will brighten up even the most stressful morning. Zoloto China French Press Cafetiere, €46.50, Oliver Bonas.


Read more: 8 clever upgrades to organise your laundry room

Read more: One of our favourite French fashion brands Sézane has just launched a home collection

Read more: Conservatory ideas: How to incorporate yours into your home all year round

Also Read

Books
CULTURE
Shifting perspectives: 5 books especially worth reading during the pandemic

Jennifer McShane looks back at some of her recent favourite...

By Jennifer McShane

Rae Moore extension
INTERIORS
This bright Dublin 8 extension is a masterclass in adding life to a house

Architect Rae Moore of Atelier Rae transformed this Victorian terraced...

By Megan Burns

removable tiles and wallpaper
INTERIORS
Clever (and totally reversible) home updates to transform your space

From mats that look like gorgeous patterned tiles to removable wallpaper, there are plenty of commitment-free ways to refresh your home.

By Megan Burns

bread roll
FOOD & DRINK
Forget the finicky sourdough and try these two-ingredient fluffy white bread rolls instead

This foolproof bread roll recipe from parenting blogger Aileen Cox...

By Erin Lindsay

INTERIORS
Inside a colourful and unique Dublin home full of genius DIY ideas

What happens when ridiculously talented wedding planner Kate O’Dowd of...

By IMAGE Interiors & Living

chocolate pretzel cake
FOOD & DRINK
This dense and delicious dark chocolate pretzel cake will be your new favourite treat

Apologies if you’re on a health kick, but this January,...

By Meg Walker

FOOD & DRINK
What’s for dinner? Vegan one-pot black bean and lentil chilli

This recipe takes a little day-ahead prep, but is so worth it. Make a big batch and freeze portions for a quick hearty vegan feast whenever you need it.

By Meg Walker

FOOD & DRINK
A garlic and spinach pasta recipe that the whole family will love

By Meg Walker