Tea has a rich tradition around the world with each culture having favorite teas and or tea ceremonies.
Chai tea, Darjeeling tea and Assam tea are the most popular teas in India and tea stalls can be found on most busy street corners. They grow and drink more tea than any other country in the world.
China is credited for discovering tea. According to legend, Emperor Shennong was resting under a Camelia tree boiling some water to drink when dried leaves fell down into his boiling water creating the first pot of tea. It wasn’t until the fourth and fifth centuries that rice, spices, ginger fruit peel and other ingredients were added to the tea leaves to further enhance the teas taste and health benefits.
In Japan, Matcha powder made from green tea is what is used for the Tea Ceremony. Green tea (Ryokucha) is the most popular in Japan and can come in various grades such as Genmaicha (green tea with roasted brown rice) or Hojicha (a roasted green tea that is sweeter and less astringent). Oolong and black tea are also quite popular in Japan.
In New Zealand and Ireland, they stop for a tea break rather than a coffee break. In New Zealand, when their tea breaks were threatened to be eliminated or shortened last year, thousands protested over the proposed tea break cuts.
Britain is well known for their afternoon tea. It’s rumoured that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford started the afternoon tea tradition and what a great tradition it is! Hot steaming tea served in delicate china with a platter full of delightful sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and perfect bite sized cakes.
Learn more about tea and tea traditions at World Tea News: 10 Tea Traditions Around the World By: Marta Lopez Garcia
We are heading to the World Tea Expo next week – May 29th-31st! If you are there, stop by booth #455 and have a sneak preview of our New Libre Life Collection.
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness. ~P.G. Wodehouse