Matthew Garrett ([personal profile] mjg59) wrote2017-03-20 01:38 pm
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Buying a Utah teapot

The Utah teapot was one of the early 3D reference objects. It's canonically a Melitta but hasn't been part of their range in a long time, so I'd been watching Ebay in the hope of one turning up. Until last week, when I discovered that a company called Friesland had apparently bought a chunk of Melitta's range some years ago and sell the original teapot[1]. I've just ordered one, and am utterly unreasonably excited about this.

Update: Friesland have apparently always produced the Utah teapot, but were part of the Melitta group for some time - they didn't buy the range from Melitta.

[1] They have them in 0.35, 0.85 and 1.4 litre sizes. I believe (based on the measurements here) that the 1.4 litre one matches the Utah teapot.

Relationship to Melitta

[personal profile] sevcsik 2017-03-20 10:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Apparently Friesland is a trademark of Melitta:

Looks like the 1.4l model is already out of stock, did you order all of it? :)

Re: Relationship to Melitta

(Anonymous) 2017-03-21 10:44 am (UTC)(link)
The good news is, if you just search the net for that EAN, you'll find several more vendors!

I'll soon have a new teapot too :)
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Re: Relationship to Melitta

[personal profile] doop 2017-03-28 07:25 pm (UTC)(link)
There are a couple more in stock right now - I just ordered one, woohoo!
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[personal profile] moem 2017-03-21 11:31 am (UTC)(link)
There is absolutely nothing unreasonable about your excitement. It makes utter sense to me from both angles (I'm into computers but also into Melitta stuff). Also: tea.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-21 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
They really ought to sell a 1L 3/4-height version for people who want something that matches the 3D model. Although now I'm curious as to whether the 3D model would pour nicely or not, since the angle of the end of the spout will be different.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-23 11:29 am (UTC)(link)

They found the target audience :)

[personal profile] sevcsik 2017-04-11 09:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Looks like you got some customers for Friesland, they are selling it now as the "Utah teapot" :)

(when the article was published, it wasn't mentioned anywhere on the site)
Edited 2017-04-11 21:09 (UTC)