What’s Your Cup of Tea: Part II


I am back, with some really interesting things, you don’t want to miss out.

Here, in America, people usually love to have their favorite cup of “ Chai” from there nearest Starbucks or like a comfortably large cup full of blueberry green tea at their house.

But, around the world, there’s a lot of sentiment and centuries of traditions attached to that cup of tea.  Some countries have a totally different meaning of tea.

How many times have you refused your friend to have a cup tea?

In Morocco, mint tea is of huge importance, a mixture of green tea and mint leaves, the drink is heavily sweetened with sugar and poured from a height onto dainty glasses. Refusing to accept when offered by a host is a mark of extreme rudeness.

Would you like some butter to  go with your chai latte?

Butter may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of tea, but Tibetans love nothing more than mixing their tea with yak butter and salt. The high-fat, energy –boosting drink is thought to be ideal for the life in the high, cold altitudes of the Himalayas.

Tea from pantyhose? Oh yeah!

Hong Kong is known for its famous “Pantyhose milk tea”. A mixture of black tea and condensed or evaporated milk, the name arises from the fact that a sackcloth bag that looks rather like a stocking is used to filter the tea leaves.

Loving that new bubble tea of yours?

Bubble tea or “ pearl milk tea” has been adored in Taiwan ever since the 1980s. It is prepared by mixing cold tea with fruit of milk and a spoonful of chewy tapioca balls.

In Russia, tea is traditionally made in a samovar- an urn used to boil water which has a teapot filled with tea concentrate on the top.  Russians pour some of the concentrate onto their cup and then fill the cup with water.

The word chai ever intrigue you?

We may think Britain to be a nation of tea drinkers, but there is in fact no country in the world that consumes as much tea as India. Known as chai, it is generally served with milk and sugar, and is often sold from dedicated chai stalls.

No trip to Japan is complete without watching or participating in a tea ceremony, a historic ritual influenced by Zen Buddhism. The tea most often used is a powdered green tea called Matcha

There are so many traditions around the word and even within countries that it’ll be extremely hard to fit all of that in a 500-word blog. But, these are some distinct examples that made me think about the versatility and richness of culture that we are grateful to have attained over centuries.

Hopefully this made you stop and think, about how much is out there for you to discover and experience. Time for some tea searching!

– OIA Bloggers


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