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The Cups of Cronstadt - Guest Post by Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

Sunday, October 1st 2017 @ 5:01 PM

Although we know that teacups were made in China long before the Europeans began drinking tea, the first European-style cups were supposedly made in Cronstadt (also spelled Kronstadt and now called Brasov), a German colony in Transylvania, Romania. The cups were made with a rendering of the city of Cronstadt painted on the bottom.  When café proprietors skimped on tea leaves and made weak tea, customers would complain that they could “see Cronstadt” through the watery liquor.  This was a happy situation for the tea drinkers, as they could easily catch a cheapskate in the act, but the café owners didn’t like it at all.  Cronstadt cups were phased out and replaced by tea glasses.

Teapot shaped tea bag rest.
A souvenir from Kronstadt, Russia, Photo Credit Pinterest.

Alexandre Dumas, the famous French author of classics such as The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask was a bon vivant and gourmand, and quite an authority on European food and beverage history. The Cronstadt Cups legend is described in his  Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine.

Portions excerpted from: SerendipiTea a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea by Tomislav Podreka.

 

~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

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LINDA VILLANO co-founded SerendipiTea.com in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

Linda also writes for TeaCourse.com - check it out for more in depth knowledge on all things tea.

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