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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Brown Betty Teapot

A trio of Brown Betty Teapots

It is a well known tea fact that the Brown Betty teapot brews tea better than any other teapot design. This is because of the shape of the pot which allows the tea leaves to be gently swirled around as the boiling water is added, and the dense clay that holds the heat so well as the tea is brewing.

But why is it called a Brown Betty? Well sure, it's brown. But why "Betty"?

In the 1800's no self-respecting house in England was run without at least one servant. As Elizabeth was a very popular name at that time, odds were that you had a servant named Elizabeth. And Elizabeth - shortened to Betty - would serve the tea.

Thus, this special brown teapot came to be known simply as a Betty or a Brown Betty.

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