Kaikado Tea Caddies

Tahahiro-YagiKaikado of Kyoto are the oldest makers of handmade tin tea caddies in the world. The first generation began producing their innovative Chazutsu caddies in 1875 using sheets of tin specially imported from Cornwall.

Their iconic cylinder caddies quickly became the style of caddy everyone copied but their quality was never equalled. Their ancestor’s caddies are still used by families across Japan including the Japanese Imperial household.

Each caddy has two layers: an inner layer of tin, and an outer layer of tin, brass, copper or silver. The double wall of metal is perfect for storage, keeping the tins completely airtight and the contents dry. With daily use the outer metal layer soon develops a unique patina.

Kaikado and Postcard Teas have collaborated for several years and recently launched Postcard Teas caddies in the UK and Japan. For the past two years, the sixth generation of Kaikado, Takahiro Yagi, has visited our central London store to meet customers, engrave their tea scoops, and demonstrate how Kaikado’s tea caddies are meticulously hand made.

We offer a wider selection of Kaikado Caddies at our Mayfair store.

Kaikado caddies can usually be ordered online. However, this year Kaikado was the subject of a major TV documentary in Japan which lead to a tenfold increase on orders. While they prepared extensively for the expected increase in sales and orders, there is now a wait of up to 7 months for many of their caddies. We do have some stock of caddies but to avoid disappointment, we have taken the step of turning off all the caddies on the website.

If you need confirmation that we have a particular caddy in stock please call us on 020 7629 3654 or email us at info@postcardteas.com and we can send you an up to date list of what we have in stock. Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

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