There are a lot of myths and stories how and who invented the tea. Well, obviously since its invention tea has conquered the world. If you are interested in the whole story, how the tea came to Europe and how it became so popular, watch this short video from TED-Ed.
The English style of drinking tea
While I was doing some researches for this post, I stumbled upon the expressions “low tea” and “high tea”. Strange, I thought to myself and tried to find out what this means. So, there was a duchess of Bedford, called Anna Maria Stanhope (1783-1857). She is known to be the mother of the low tea, also called the afternoon tea. The time between lunch and dinner seemed like an eternity to her.
Therefore, she asked her servants to serve tea with sandwiches and sweet things everytime the ladys were invited to her home. From 4pm food and tea was served on little (low) tables – the low tea was born!
The high tea is more opulent: tea is served after work on high dinner tables together with food like roast, vegetables, chicken…
Slight lead: A tea break (in England) is every kind of break, no matter if you drink tea or not. Just wanted to mention that…in case your work in an English speaking country and they have this thing called “tea break”…and you ask yourself all the time “Why do they drink so much tea?” 😀
What you also should keep in mind are the “six golden tea rules”:
– Always rinse a teapot out with hot water!
– Bring the water to the boil.
– For each teacup use one teaspoon or teabag and put it in your teapot.
– Put the hot water into your teapot.
– Let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
– Remove the teabags and pour in a cup.
When preparing black tea, you should let the tea steep for around 2-3 minutes. By doing so, the tea reaches its maximal caffeine content and it furthers your concentration. At around 5 minutes the black tea has a calming effect on your gastrointestinal tract. But, because every type of tea varies, it’s best to read the instructions on the package or find your own taste. So, this is just a suggestion.
And just in case you need some hot stuff for your tea parties 😀 , here are some lovely ideas I´ve found on amazon: