Tea Time Traditions Around the World

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As a drink that is an integral part of many people’s everyday lives, tea can be magical. From its origins in the ancient Chinese Dynasty to now, traditions surrounding tea have spread around the globe. Almost any country you travel to has its own tea time traditions. From different ceremonies to different types of teas, … Read more

History of Tea: Around The World in a Cup

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Tea is a globally loved drink that is known for both its highly valued taste, diversity, and health benefits. The origin of the drink and plant dates back to ancient times. Tea has played a major role in many civilizations throughout history.  Tea originated in China and was first used as a medicine, but quickly … Read more

What Is A Tea Sommelier?

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You may have heard of a wine sommelier – the person in a fine restaurant who curates the wine list and recommends wine and food pairings.  But did you know that it’s also possible to be a tea sommelier?  If you love tea, it’s actually possible to become a certified tea sommelier and turn this … Read more

What Is Afternoon Tea?

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When tourists visit Britain, especially London, one of the activities usually on their must-do list is a proper British afternoon tea. But what is it and how did Britain’s world-famous tea tradition come about? British afternoon tea is a light meal made up of tea, finger sandwiches, savories, sweets, and scones. Served between 3 PM … Read more

Is Green Tea Different Than Matcha?

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Green tea and matcha have long been praised by nutritionists for their numerous health benefits. They were originally part of Japanese tradition but have since crossed cultures and borders to become a staple for people everywhere. Green tea is different from matcha. They both come from the Camellia sinensis plant, but matcha is a powdered … Read more

What Is Tea Party Attire?

Rabbit and top hat on the grass in front of a table set for a tea party. Is a hat tea party attire?

Tea parties are an elegant way to celebrate and come with their own set of rules for etiquette and attire. Whether you are going to a venue for tea or going to a party hosted at a home, making sure you are dressed appropriately can be a sure-fire way to impress your host and all … Read more

Is Afternoon Tea Considered a Meal?

Tea has long been a part of England’s history. Tea was first introduced to England in the fifteenth century by China; however, the tradition of “afternoon tea” did not actually begin until the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, the tradition has continued, and tea is a common calming beverage worldwide.  Afternoon tea can be considered a … Read more

What is The Japanese Tea Ceremony?

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While tea parties have been popular in Japan since the 13th century, the formal version of the Japanese tea ceremony was not established until the 17th century. Today, it is one of the most quintessential Japanese traditions, even recognized by foreigners as a meaningful experience worth traveling for.  The Japanese tea ceremony is a delicate, … Read more