The first thing about this cup is that it is visually stunning. The yellows are bold and bright and the flower colors the right choice to compliment the background. That being said, I currently own 7 of these cups, but, have had in my possession over 13. I have given several away when friends come to visit who have enjoyed the cup and tea. Recently, I cleaned out my cups and gave 4 to my BBF to increase her collecting. I have gotten off track, but wanted to give a backstory as to why I am going to make the following comment. The construction of this KATI cup is very poor. The bottom of the cup does not sit flat on any surface and has a slight wobble. The lid is visually not poured right and doesn't sit on the top of the cup well. I am not pleased for the first time when buying from Tea Forte. I will have to make the decision as to whether or not I want to throw away this cup and buy another. It is hard for me to give up the $20 I spent on this KATI cup. Will I stop buying from Tea Forte? NO! I love the tea and have really enjoyed the KATI cups I do own. I do recommend this company to my friends and family who enjoy custom teas.
I couldn’t wait to open my shipment from Tea Forté’s New York Botanical Garden collection. It felt like a hint of spring in the dead of winter — very much needed right now! The Soleil Kati steeping cup (like the other cups in their New York Botanical Garden collection) is a departure from Tea Forté’s more abstract patterns, and gazing at the flowers and honeybee while sipping my tea helped me feel transported to a warmer season. As always, the Kati cup’s infuser basket and lid are beautifully functional, allowing loose teas to be steeped to perfection. I love that the lid helps keep my tea warm, while also serving as a tray on which to rest the infuser basket after steeping. This cup would make a perfect Mother’s Day or “Happy Spring” gift!