Every culture has many different aspects that make it unique.
Many world travelers look toward things such as cuisine, clothing, and religious practices to learn about and experience different cultures; however, there’s more to it than that. For instance, it’s not just the food of a culture that makes it unique—it’s the drinks as well.
To give you an example of this phenomenon, we’ll break down some of the most fascinating tea traditions from around the world. These diverse, fascinating traditions will make you rethink your whole tea preparation process in very creative ways.
Here are 4 fascinating tea traditions from around the world:
Russian Samovar & Zavarka
In Russia, tea was once a treat only enjoyed by the upper class, but that has since changed. Russian tea concentrate, known as zavarka, is served in a very stylish way—via samovars. A samovar is like an extravagant pot that holds boiling water. After allowing the tea concentrate to steep for about 10 minutes, the host pours it into cups for her guests. Afterward, the samovar is used to add boiling water to each cup.
English Afternoon Tea
Experiencing an English afternoon tea is to experience a light, delectable meal. This tradition involves pairing black teas with food such as finger sandwiches, scones, and marmalade. This isn’t something everyone in England does on a daily basis—it’s more akin to brunch, an occasional way to make afternoon meals more fun. If you want to do enjoy a proper afternoon tea at home until traveling becomes a bit safer, you can easily find an eclectic variety of black teas in which to indulge.
Japanese Matcha Ceremony
In America and many other places around the world, people often consume tea at home while they’re working, relaxing, or even having a meal. In Japan, however, a green tea known as matcha is consumed in a very specific environment. The term “matcha” refers to how the tea is prepared—that is, in a powder form instead of in tea bag or loose-leaf form. You can purchase and consume matcha tea at home, but the proper way of taking part in the ceremony is having it served to you and a small group in one of Japan’s famous teahouses.
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Chinese Cha Dao
In China, tea is more than a drink—it’s an art. Taking part in the Cha Dao—or “the way of tea”—lifestyle often involves participating in gongfu ceremonies. Gongfu, which translates to “making tea with skill,” is about perfecting every step in the tea preparation process to produce the best tea possible. Thanks to China’s diverse climates, one can prepare a vast variety of teas using the gongfu ceremony.
Now that you know more about these fascinating tea traditions from around the world, you can travel to these areas and experience the culture in a delightfully delicious way. Many travelers like to experience different cultures in various ways, from art to food to religion. If you’re a fan of trying various foods and drinks from around the world, following this guide will provide you with flavorful, festive adventures in the future.