tea service in BerlinLast week, we spent the week in Berlin, Germany, and stayed at a wonderful boutique hotel in Charlottenburg – the Hotel Savoy.  Each morning, we were treated to the traditional German breakfast buffet, which is one of my favorite meals – period.  Much of the reason for this is that it’s real food – as opposed to processed, sugared, and over-packaged.  These breakfasts include filling, unsweetened yogurt; muesli and other cereals; great artisan breads and rolls; AMAZING real butter; cheeses; soft-boiled eggs; a huge assortment of tasty sausages and cold cuts; lox; steak tartare; fresh fruit; and flavor-packed jams.

Similarly, German tea service is also “real.”  Whether at our lovely Hotel Savoy, or any other restaurant we dined at, the tea service always included loose-leaf tea.  Herbals are very popular, and roughly 35-50% of the selections were Rooibos or other herbals, but the teas were always full leaf and presented with care.

tea service in BerlinThe attached photos show the elegant teapot and filter with holder presentation from our breakfast.  Thank you, Francesca Baso, food and beverage director at the Savoy, for running such a quality operation!

In next month’s post, I will give a tour of a Tadjik teahouse in Berlin.