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Tea traditions from around the world

How do you take your tea?

I take mine a bit sweeter than usual, no milk and lightly infused. We all have our preferences and it's no surprise that the process of preparation and how tea is taken varies from one country to another.

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to drink tea as long as you are enjoying and reaping the benefits of tea, then all is good! But how do the other half take it?

Maghrebi Mint Tea from Morrocco - Green tea with mint leaves and heavily sweetened – just from that I can tell this is my kind of tea! The tea is poured from a height to swirl the loose tea leaves at the bottom of the glass and at the same time aerating the tea to improve flavor.

Po Cha or Butter Tea from Tibet – No, this is not the Butterbeer from The Three Broomsticks in Harry Potter, it's a tea enjoyed by the people from the Himalayan regions in Tibet. Made from tea leaves, yak butter, water and salt, this tea has an acquired taste. Since it is made from butter it is a source of energy which can be beneficial for those living in high altitudes.

Milk Tea from Hong Kong – This is just your basic black tea mixed with milk (either evaporated or condensed). This type of tea originated from the British colonial rule over Hong Kong where the same practice is being observed during afternoon tea.

Bubble Tea from Taiwan
– This is your basic tea mixed or shaken with fruit or milk, tapioca balls and fruit jellies are added and this type of drink is usually available in ice-blended form. Optional additions can be fruits or syrup which can add more flavor or sweetness into the mix. While most prefer their teas to be served hot, with this concoction – tea can now be enjoyed even in the hot summer days and the texture of the tapioca balls is quite an experience.

Masala Chai from India – This type of tea is prepared by brewing back tea with a mix of spices and herbs, milk is also added as an option. Spices that can be used or added to the tea as it is being brewed are – cinnamon, star anise, peppercorn, nutmeg, cloves, fennel seeds and cumin – India has a vast array of spices so expect an interesting brew every time!

Matcha from Japan – Japan and the tea ceremony always comes to mind. The ritual iinvolves concise and controlled movements – from the mixing of the tea to how it is poured the type of cup it is served in. A powdered green tea, or Matcha.  If you are headed to Japan, experiencing the Japanese Tea ceremony should be at the top of your to-do list!

From the mountains of the Himalayas to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, tea is being enjoyed a number of ways. Served hot or cold, with spices or tapioca balls – tea has indeed made its way into various cultures. Experience teas from around the world and join BRUU today.

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