You all know that I am quite a tea snob. If I have the choice, I don't drink the usual bagged tea -- I prefer loose-leaf Keemun. At work, I have my own private tea stash, and a teapot to brew it in. A Bodum tea press pot -- not cheap, but worth every cent.
Before we went on vacation, I cleaned the pot, rinsed it thoroughly, and put it in a kitchen cabinet, next to the wine bottles. In other words, out of the way.
It turns out that, as part of the internal building and moving operation, the cabinets were all cleared/cleaned, and lots of stuff was thrown away. At first I thought I hadn't looked good enough, but in the end, the conclusion was that someone had thrown out a perfectly good tea pot.
Needless to say, I was a tiny bit dissapointed. The person in charge of the kitchen felt pretty bad about it, even though she isn't to blame.
It was agreed that I would buy a new teapot, and get the money back. I warned them that my taste in teapots is as eccentric as my taste in tea, but I was told to buy the thing I wanted and I would simply get my money back. Who am I to disagree?
So yesterday I bought a Shin Cha teapot. Basically, the same pot, but this time with a metal sieve to hold the tea. Easier to clean, and it won't deform like the plastic tea sieves do. I wonder what they will say when they see the price tag of more than 40 euros...