Tea Cultures around the world
Tea is more than just a beverage; it is a source of relaxation, spirituality, tradition, and pleasure. Millions of people around the world enjoy the drink for a variety of reasons at any given time. Continuing on our tea tales’ journey, we'd like to invite you to join us as we jet around the world, exploring the various types of tea enjoyed in various countries, as well as the associated customs, rituals, and legends.
China, having introduced the world to tea, is an excellent place to begin.
Tea is a way of life for many Chinese people. Because of the country's diverse climate, hundreds of different types of tea are produced; oolong, jasmine, and gunpowder are some of the more well-known teas, but what about Huangshan Moafeng?
According to legend, this type of green tea plant grew from the tears of a young girl who had lost her lover the day before their wedding. The term "Cha Dao" refers to the art of making tea and is associated with Daoism and Chinese philosophies of balance, harmony, fulfilment, and enjoyment.
Matcha is served in popular teahouses throughout Japan.
Matcha is prepared in the same way it was in the 12th century and is essentially dried until it can be ground into a fine, bright green powder that is then made into a drink.
Tea is sometimes used as the foundation for a traditional Japanese ceremony known as Chado ("Way of tea"). This is a spiritual experience, and the host may spend a significant amount of time preparing for all of the necessary gestures and movements.
Tea is one of the most popular drinks in India, which is not surprising given that the country produces and consumes more tea than any other country on the planet.
Chai, India's national drink, is a black tea infused with milk and flavours of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and cloves. It has been popular for centuries and is the first thing that any guest is offered. Chai sellers and vendors (known as Chaiwallahs) are a community staple, with their stalls that line the streets serving as a hub for gossip and news among the locals.
Thailand is perhaps best known for its delectable Thai iced tea, or cha-yen. It's a drink made from strongly brewed black tea served over ice that's become popular in Thai restaurants around the world.
Orange blossom, cinnamon, star anise, and ground tamarind are among the aromatic flavours and spices used. The drink is floral and sweet, with a liquorice aroma. Cha-yen is ideal for hot weather or as an accompaniment to equally hot food!
The United Kingdom
You can't talk about tea without mentioning Britain! Tea, like fish and chips, cricket, and the royal family, is synonymous with British culture.
People can't live without their favourite hot beverage, whether it's a dainty afternoon teashop selling Earl Grey and scones or a hearty builder's brew at a greasy spoon. Its popularity has remained consistent since the Victorian era, with over 160 million cups consumed in the UK every day.
So, there you have it: tea's truly global nature and its incredible ceremonial value for people all over the world. So many countries love to wake up and smell the tea; wherever you go, you will be able to enjoy a delicious brew of the local blend.
Don’t forget to have a look at our collection of teas, ready for you!