What is The Cultural Significance of Tea Around The World?

In many cultures, tea is a significant part of tradition, routine, and daily life. The beautiful thing about it is that every culture has its own take on the classic drink.

Take a trip around the world and explore what other countries and cultures do to share the goodness of green tea, black tea, and oolong tea, among many others.

China: The Original Cup of Tea

Tea is important in China for many reasons, but it is particularly notable because tea was first consumed in the Han Dynasty, over 1,000 years ago. It is still important today, as many tea competitions take place across the country and the winning teas are valuable prizes. Tea is also served in elaborate cups, with intricate details painted on each.

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japan is known for many things, but one of its most well-known traditions is its famous matcha tea ceremony. Every detail during the tea ceremony is carefully conducted, from the order of the utensils to the preparation of the tea itself.

Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan green tea is famously served with mint leaves and sugar and is a significant part of the country’s hospitality. It’s customary to pour the tea from up high, into thin glass cups, with a small layer of foam on top. Generally, guests are served three rounds of the tea, each becoming stronger in flavour.

British Afternoon Tea

British afternoon tea has been a custom since the 1800s, when the upper classes would enjoy a pot of tea accompanied by finger sandwiches, scones, or other types of cakes in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. Often, this would be done in beautiful gardens, or in parlour rooms.

Indian Chai

India is known for its chai tea, which blends together a variety of spices and tea leaves. In fact, the tea is so beloved here that it is served at any time of the day, in any location. Street vendors sell chai tea in small clay cups, which some consider a quintessential part of getting the true taste of the brew.

Tibetan Po Cha

While many people in Tibet drink a variety of types of tea, the country is known for its more unique blend – po cha (butter tea). It’s usually made by shaking yak butter with brewed black tea and salt until it becomes a smooth, thick drink. Traditionally, butter was added to tea because the Tibetan people in the Himalayan mountains needed the extra content in their diet, and they had to work with the limited resources available – yak milk, tea leaves, and salt.

Russian Zavarka

For Russians, the tradition of drinking tea when hosting guests has been a part of the country’s heritage since the 1600s. Generally, similar to the British afternoon tea tradition, snacks such as candies and cakes are also served. Zavarka is made using a metal container called a samovar. The zavarka is strong, but it’s served in cups of hot water that can be customized to suit individual taste.

American Sweet Tea

In the United States, iced sweet tea is a common way for Americans to cool down in the summertime. It’s especially popular in the southern states, where the temperatures are warm all year round. Usually, it’s made by adding sugar to brewed black tea, and then cooling it down to a nice, refreshing temperature.

A New Tea For The Modern Mouth

qii tea beverages come in two delicious flavours, oolong and green, but they do more than just quench your thirst. They actually improve your mouth using a scientific formula designed to stop bad breath, keep your gums healthy, and strengthen your teeth. It’s like visiting the dentist, but tastier – and you don’t need an appointment.


References

15 Tea Traditions From Around the World. (2016, January 02). Retrieved January 09, 2018, from http://mentalfloss.com/article/72891/15-tea-traditions-around-world.

Moroccan Hospitality: The Mint Tea Tradition. (n.d.). Retrieved January 09, 2018, from https://www.thespruce.com/moroccan-mint-tea-tradition-2394749.

Russian Tea Ceremony. (n.d.). Retrieved January 09, 2018, from https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/russianeurasianstudies/newsevents/tea-ceremony.html.

Tibetan Butter Tea is the Cold-Weather Breakfast of Champions. (n.d.). Retrieved January 09, 2018, fromhttp://www.foodandwine.com/tea/tibetan-butter-tea-cold-weather-breakfast-champions.

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