Tea History: The Moustache Cup
Invented in the 1860s by British man Harvey Adams, the moustache cup was created to keep moustaches dry while sipping tea.
Tea caused two problems for moustache havers: the steam melted the wax used to style the ‘stache, and darker teas stained light coloured moustaches.
The insert would serve as a shelter, keeping the moustache dry with each sip. A small passage was right under the shelf to allow the tea to pass through to the lips.
You can find a moustache cup at specialty tea shops, and at online boutiques. Finding an original cup is a real treasure as many of these cups aren’t around today.
(Hint: one of these cups would make for a great gift for a gentleman tea lover’s birthday or Father’s day!)
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