There are containers, storage tins and jars – and then there’s the seemingly humble caddy: a centuries-old symbol of tea-drinking tradition.
Did you know?
The term “caddy” originates from the Malaysian word “kati”, a weight equivalent to just over a pound, and the measurement by which tea used to be sold.
Our Caddy Collection
The options are endless…
Fill-Me-Up Tea Caddies
Available in blue, purple, green and bronze, our beautiful Fill-Me-Up Caddies leave it up to you to choose the tea.SHOP FILL-ME-UP CADDIES
Gift a Caddy
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We’re All Mad About Caddies…
Why? It’s quite simple really:
They protect the taste of your favourite tea. Enjoy a fresh, flavoursome cup every time.
They speak simple elegance. Add a touch of pizzazz to your kitchen shelf.
They’re environmentally friendly. Fill them up again and again, or if you’re feeling creative, why not upcycle them into marvellous plant pots?
They’re cost-effective. Not only can you reinfuse most loose leaf teas several times, but we’ll give you 50p off when you refill your loose tea caddy in store.
The History of the Caddy
When tea was introduced to England from China in the 1600s, Chinese porcelain caddies, which were similar in shape to a ginger jar, would often accompany it to store the tea in. Initially, tea was only available to drink in coffeehouses, so it wasn’t until the 18th century that the household caddy really took off, becoming something of a status symbol.
Once tea leaves could be bought, it was only the wealthy that could afford them – and a craftsman would be tasked with creating an ornate caddy using materials such as wood, metal and tortoiseshell to protect this highly prized possession. Many even had locks installed, with the key kept under the watchful eye of the lady of the house.
The caddy may be a little more reserved now, but it remains a staple of kitchens across Britain.