Teacups and tea mugs come in quite a variety. When tea drinking began in Europe (brought there first by Dutch traders in the late 1600s), cups came with them. But they were the kind without handles. As tea drinking became more popular and spread to France and Britain, people found that the cups got too hot and that they also wanted more styles and designs. So potters found out how to add a handle (trickier than you'd think!). Over the centuries mugs began to be used, especially as teas became available in teabags and sachets. A mug is also great to hold in your hands and warm your fingers on a chilly day. Our selection ranges from traditional Chinese designs to more modern Western styles, including some popular brands like Le Creuset, Hario, and Bodum. Just what you need to enjoy our fine teas!