The British tea break may be quite different from the Japanese tea ceremony in terms of the type of tea and the gestures used, but they are both times of togetherness and sharing. So take a break from the humdrum of daily life with your very own tea ritual!
The perfect shared moment
Originating in China, tea is the second most popular drink in the world, after water. Its popularity has given birth to many different tea rituals, the best known of which is almost undoubtedly the tea ceremony or chanoyu of Japan. Every single gesture of this is dictated by ancestral codes and gestures, and attending a tea ceremony is like stepping into another time! The Japanese tea ritual uses powdered green tea – first to make the thick, strong brew called koicha, then for the thinner tea known as usucha.
Tea rituals have social importance in other countries too. In Britain, for example, where ‘tea-time’ provides the perfect opportunity for people to get together for a chat or even for a business meeting. Young and old alike, the Brits remain very attached to their tea – served preferably with a large dash of milk and maybe a little sugar. And if you’re looking for something a little more exotic, then don’t forget that your tea will be made with mint if you go to North Africa, or with milk and spices if you’re lucky enough to visit Mongolia.
So go ahead and create your very own tea ritual, by inviting your friends round to share some good-quality tea and a few homemade cakes. You could even make a habit of it and really get into the community spirit!