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A Guide to Cup & Saucers
When shopping for coffee or tea, the most common unit is a large coffee/tea pot and a small strainer or cup & saucer. The smaller items are not essential but can help make brewing coffee or tea quicker and easier. If you have a standard pot, the most economical choice would be to purchase a set of cups and saucers that are the right size for your pot. However, if you like to serve different items at once, consider purchasing more than one set. Many retailers sell separate sets of cups & saucers, so you can choose the appropriate size for whatever item you are serving. This will save you time and money.
Often people are concerned with the sizes of their cups & saucers. This can often be alleviated by purchasing one with interchangeable spouts. You can easily use a larger saucer for making lattes and French coffee and a smaller one for making hot cocoa. If you are serving iced tea, then consider using an ice tray that will prevent the ice from melting into your drink. Saucers come in a variety of sizes and colors, so finding one to suit your needs should be easy.
The quality of cup & saucer sets will vary depending on the manufacturer. You should check to see if the set is made from solid wood, as plastic tends to warp and become discolored over time. If you are serving citrus drinks, then plastic may not be a good choice, as the acidity level in citrus drinks can be somewhat acidic. Wood will also provide a greater thermal conductivity, which means you will be keeping your hot beverages hot longer. Plastic tends to drip, so when you're serving tea or coffee, you want your cup to keep that hot beverage hot as long as possible.
You can find cup & saucer sets at many local retailers, as well as online. A quick search on the internet can turn up hundreds of manufacturers and styles. To get the best deal, do some comparative research before making a purchase. Compare prices and features among several options. You can visit a store that specializes in kitchen accessories or do a search on the internet for "cup & saucer sets" to find the exact items you are looking for.
You may think that a simple set of drinking glasses will suffice, but think about the functionality of the cups and saucers once you start to serve more complicated beverages. Would you like to have a set of travel mugs available at all times? A travel mug will keep your hot beverages hot and fresh when you are traveling. A good set of cups & saucers will also allow you to serve a variety of different hot beverages, such as chocolate syrup, coffee, tea, or fruit juices. Having a set to serve these delicate items will ensure that your guests always receive the best tasting beverage from your kitchen.
The price of the set you choose will depend on the size of the saucer you purchase, as well as its design and materials. Cup & saucer sets are available in a wide range of materials including porcelain, stainless steel, copper, glass, and even wood. Some of the most popular materials include ceramic, enamel, and chrome. Each material has its own unique look, so you can easily coordinate your set with your kitchen decor.
The materials used to make a quality cup & saucer set will be able to withstand the heat that they will encounter as part of your everyday cooking and serving activities. You can purchase a set that comes with a microwave, which makes it very convenient for preparing foods. If you often host parties and special events, you will want to make sure your cup and saucers are durable enough to withstand the abuse. The right set of cups and saucers will also keep foods from becoming overcooked and thus, losing their flavor.
Your new cup and saucer set will have many uses, and you will probably enjoy having one in your kitchen for years to come. You can purchase the perfect cup and saucer combination for any occasion. Whether you plan on using it for cake or muffins, you will be able to use your new cup and saucer set at any event. They are an inexpensive way to create an attractive presentation during a gathering, serve refreshments at a wedding reception, or display items at a business meeting or conference. No matter what use you have for them, you will find that they are a wonderful and practical addition to your kitchen decor.