In February, NPR launched Tea Tuesdays, an occasional series that explore the science, history, culture and economics of tea. The posts also appear in NPR Science Desk’s food blog The Salt.
Not being a native speaker, I ponder the origin of “Tea Tuesdays.” In 2010 T Ching published Tea Tuesdays for Teens Tested. Why is it Tuesday and not Wednesday or Friday?
A reader rated the series’ first installment entitled The Chemis-Tea Of Pouring The Perfect English-Style Cuppa tea-rific! Formal studies have actually been carried out on teabag sizes and shapes, and teacups. Another reader, clearly more fastidious, commented on how the article overlooked sugar.
Via the post The Scottish Spy Who Stole China’s Tea Empire, we listen to the 2010 interview with Sarah Rose, the author of the book For All the Tea In China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History, which also received a brief review in T Ching’s Tea book reviews: Part 1.
Announced originally as an occasional series, Tea Tuesdays has so far published on a weekly basis. Though most of the pieces are making second appearance, like good teas that are to be relished regularly, informational articles should be further distributed and re-visited.
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Not sure how I missed the NPR tea launch so thanks for turning me on to it. T Ching also had a series called Tuesdays with Norwood. So you’re right about tuesdays being something of significance with tea. I’m trying to remember why we chose tuesdays but nothing leaps out at me. I’ll have to give it some more thought.
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Another notable new program is NPR’s Invisibilia:
When I was a full time Language Arts Instructor, I served tea in my classes every Tuesday. I chose it – and I imagine NPR did also – because of the alliteration (the repetition of consonant sounds.) Serving tea is an act of kindness, and I like to think that I might have influenced millennials to love tea. Michelle visited the group at least twice over the four years it was going. There is now an active tea club at the local high school, started by T Ching contributor Ben Dane. When I retired I left them pots, cups, and lots of whole leaf tea.