Object Lesson: Coffee or Chocolate Pot?

This is a coffee pot:

This is a chocolate pot:

This is a chocolate pot:

This is a coffee pot:

And this is a chocolate pot:

Not many of us need to know the difference when serving anymore, but the object itself still has an identification. It helps to know the difference if you’re looking for a certain “type” of beverage service, or if you’re listing items on eBay or Etsy.

What’s the difference? A coffee pot’s spout originates at its base, a chocolate pot’s spout originates at the top. Although sometimes a chocolate pot’s spout will originate at its base — but it will always be curved and elegant, and usually a coffee pot won’t.

(As a rule of thumb: if the spout originates at the base but the shape of the pot looks like someone “walking like an Egyptian,” it’s still a chocolate pot.)

Unless it’s a teapot.  But you can always tell teapots because they’re not as tall and their spouts originate in their center:

Got that?

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2 Responses to Object Lesson: Coffee or Chocolate Pot?

  1. Anna says:

    I never knew chocolate pots existed. Thank you for an excellent excuse to buy the next one I like. I thought I already had enough. silly me 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    In all my years, I’ve never known the difference between a coffee pot and a chocolate pot. For a minute I thought you’d mislabled the green pot (which I might have identified as an espresso pot)until you explained the “walk like an Egyptian” feature.

    Great (and educational!) post.

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