Friday January 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things.
– Saki (1870-1916), British writer
This is one of my favorite quotes, because every time we find the excuse to savor the moment with tea and friends, the aroma and warmth of a cup of tea makes us relax and share great conversation. I bet many of us never had any idea how tea would impact our lives.
It amazes me how the discovery of the tea leaf gave the world history, adventures, legends, and curative benefits. Each country has acquired its own ceremonies, brews, traditions, and blends. The tea leaf has inspired artists, musicians, business people, and many more. Being a tea enthusiast myself, I never thought my research into the history of tea would take me to a whole new level.
Enjoying the ritual of afternoon tea has connected me to a world of interesting people, people who have helped me appreciate the work that goes into a good cup of tea. From an historian teaching me about the joys and hardships associated with tea through the centuries to the people actually growing and processing tea throughout the world to those who promote the importance of fair trade, they have all been my tea teachers.
Then there are today’s chefs, cooks, and tea enthusiasts, who add tea to finger sandwiches, scones, desserts, ice cream, and even martinis! And what about tea in the movie industry? There are hundreds of movies in which tea makes an appearance, with teapots, cups, and saucers serving as critical accessories in the most important scenes of the movie.
Have you ever thought of all the ways in which skincare specialists use tea – including in facial creams, scrubs, and masks? I used to work for a skincare salon, where I had to boil water, add tea, soak a small towel, wring it, and place it on the patient’s face. This would relax the person and help open his or her pores. This treatment was specifically used for clients with oily skin and acne.
And what about tea in our children’s lives? Kids love playing pretend tea time and now that there are many herbal infusions and decaf teas, kids can even enjoy real tea! This past Christmas, I bought three delicious decaf teas from Lupicia that were packaged in a kid-friendly set made especially for children.
All around the world, tea is an integral part of people’s lives and, for some, tea is a way of life. So the next time you sit down for a cup of tea, enjoy it and share a good story.