Day 8: The Gift of Classic Elemental Simplicity

December 15, 2014

It’s tea time! Well, OK – it’s always tea time as far as we’re concerned here at A&E Coffee Roastery & Tea (unless it’s coffee break time, that is).

But today, we’ve got some great tea-themed gifts lined up for you.

First, behold the beautifully bold yet simple and elegant mix-and-match tea cup and saucer.

This particular vessel will elevate tea time, from habit to habit-forming. Cups are made of stainless steel in your choice of white, red or silver, while the saucers are crafted of finely turned wood. Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down – unless it’s for a refill.

And at $16 for each cup/saucer set, you don’t have to choose!

Of course, a cup and saucer makes for a fine stand-alone gift, especially when you add a few of our ready-to-go 1-ounce pre-packaged organic loose leaf tea samplers (about $3 per ounce). But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also explore all our fine organic teas, which you can purchase by the ounce in any amount. Our friendly baristas are always happy to give you a tour of the unique blends and flavor profiles, like Darjeeling Black, Lavender White, Rooibos Decaf, Moroccan Mint, Sencha Organic Green, and more (prices vary, but are generally $2-4 per ounce).
teapots
Once you have your tea selection nailed down, you’ll want to consider going for a tea-lover’s  trifecta with the purchase of the perfect teapot. We have a few, available at our Amherst location, 135 New Hampshire 101A:

The Clipper Teapot, like the mix-and-match teacup and saucer set, this is equally bold in its simplicity – white porcelain with a stainless steel top and rust-free stainless steel mesh strainer. Comes in two sizes $20 for 2-cup pot or $24 for 3-cup pot.

Japanese-style cast-iron kettle with trivet: You’ll love the heft of this heavy metal classic 18th-century design, which will keep your tea hot for as long as you need it to be. Removable stainless steel tea strainer and matching trivet ($60).

Bodum Assam Tea Press: If you’re a fan of the French press for your coffee, you’ll understand the beauty of this tea press. Simply fill the basket with your favorite loose tea, add boiling water and, once steeped to perfection, give the plunger a push to stop the brewing process and enjoy your cup of perfection. Tempered glass is microwave and dishwasher safe, and features a stainless steel infuser with chrome lid ($60).

If you’re looking for more ideas from our 12 Days of Giftmas,  you can read our previous posts to see what the clever elves at A&E are gifting this year to their coffee and tea aficionados.

On Day 1, we selected the A&E Travel Mug.
On Day 2, we selected the Chemex, a gift of form and function for the home brewer.
On Day 3, one of our baristas selected some beans with a backstory.
On Day 4, we selected local art with a holiday twist.
On Day 5, we selected socks, as bizarre as that sounds.
On Day 6, we selected stocking stuffers.
On Day 7, we selected a French press in three different styles.

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