Last weekend, we bought ourselves a new teapot.
Here it is.
You might think that purchasing a teapot is a simple and straightforward task.
It is not.
When our trusty old teapot started to develop a whole network of hairline cracks, we decided it was time to let it go before it cracked completely and caused third degree burns on an unsuspecting visitor. It had served us well for many years, although it regularly dribbled tea onto the white kitchen counter.
(Some advice, if you ever have an opportunity to choose the colour of your kitchen counter: Pristine white looks fantastic. In theory. And in cooking books. And in home decor magazines. But it is the most unforgiving of colours. It practically invites you to spill tea on it. Or beetroot juice. Or carrot juice. If you can, choose any other colour of the spectrum, and you will need far less time, energy and toxic cleaning agents trying to scour off the stains.)
Last weekend, we walked into a shop at the Howard Centre that sells beautiful crockery.
“We’re looking for a teapot that doesn’t dribble,” Richard announced to the friendly sales assistant.
We picked one we liked.
“Do you mind if we test this before we buy it?”
She filled it up with water from the handy kitchen sink, and handed it back to Richard, helpfully placing a mug on the counter to act as a receptacle.
We observed closely, as My Man, the Engineer, tilted the teapot forward, allowing some water to flow out of the spout, before tilting it back again.
Dribble-dribble-drip. The water ran down the side of the spout and onto the counter.
He repeated the manoeuvre, just in case his pouring technique was faulty.
Dribble-dribble-splash. (Thank goodness, it wasn’t tea.)
“Hmm, okay, we’re not going to take that one then.”
We looked around the shelves a bit more, scrutinising the spouts of the teapots on display. It all has to do with the shape, you see. It needs to have a slightly pointed tip. Almost all of them, however, had a rounded tip.
At last, we found one that had a slightly pointed tip.
It happened to be a white one with red polka dots. As all the other teapots of the same colour, shape and size had rounded tips, I personally think that this one was an anomaly, or that something had gone wrong with the mold.
But I really liked the funkiness of the colour scheme.
And – it passed the in-store dribble test!
So we took it home.
P.S. Unfortunately, judging from the state of our kitchen counter, although it dribbles less than our old teapot, it is not 100% dribble-free. And the tea does not flow out as smoothly or evenly as it should, most likely because the spout is a bit uneven inside.
It seems that we will need to adjust, refine and optimise our tea-pouring technique. I think we just need regular practice.
So, would anyone like to pop over for a cuppa? 🙂