A mug’s capacity is often 8 to 12 fluid ounces, while traditional Chinese or Japanese style teacups can range from 1 to 4 oz (30 – 120 ml).
Here are my reasons why it’s better to drink tea from small teacups.
1. It makes it easier to concentrate on the tea’s taste
There’s a big difference in gulping down tea as opposed to slowly sipping it. When you have a small cup, you’re more likely to take your time and savor your tea.
I think that there might be some psychological explanation behind it. If you serve tea to someone in both a small teacup and a bigger one without telling him that it’s the same tea, the smaller one appears to contain a more precious tea because the quantity is less.
2. You can share tea with more people at once
If you have many guests, it’s difficult to find a sufficiently big teapot to prepare the tea if everyone is drinking from a large teacup.
But with small teacups, it is almost effortless. Sure, the guests will finish their tea quicker this way, but preparing more tea is part of the fun.
With my 360 ml (12 oz) kyusu, I can quickly serve tea for six people by using the 60 ml (2 oz) cups.
3. You can enjoy multiple infusions without becoming full
A green tea like sencha might give you just three infusions in total. Oolong and dark tea, however, can be infused quite a good number of times.
The best way to enjoy all of the infusions is by drinking from smaller teacups.
This is also advantageous in the case that you will offer different teas at your tea party. You don’t want your guests to become full after they drink the first tea.
4. Small teacups are easy to clean and store
Small teacups are easy to clean. Not just because of their size, but because they are lighter.
Also, most of us suffer from a lack of space. I would rather have more small teacups than a few large ones.
Small teacups can often be stacked on top of each other with no problem.
5. Tea in small teacups cools faster
I don’t like to burn my tongue with hot liquids. This usually happens to me while drinking from a large teacup or mug.
Small teacups cool much faster. If you brew a tea with boiling water and serve in a small teacup, it will be at a pleasant temperature when you drink it.
No need to wait too long, or to blow on your hot tea to cool it down.