Ever wondered what your fellow tea drinking friends overseas are indulging in? Well this week we delve into the amazing world of tea… Literally. Second only to water, tea is the second most consumed beverage globally, with output from china alone amounting to well over 1.9 million tonnes last year!
Consumed in every country globally, it’s not surprising to see that everything from culture, race, religion and climate effect the way the beverage is consumed. To better appreciate the way you consume your cup, it’s interesting to see how others around the globe enjoy there’s, from the way its drunken to their chosen blend! This week we will shine the spotlight on 4 global destinations, F**King check it out!
Considered the home of tea, Tea is often drunken in China in place of water throughout the day. Of all teas consumed in China, Green tea is by far the most popular, with the top few teas including: Dragon Well also known as Longjing, Dongting Bi Luo Chun, Huangshan Maofeng, Liuan Guapian, Xinyang Maojian and Duyun Maojian, which are all very delicious green teas. The rest of the list includes Anxi Tie Guan Yin and Wuyi Rock tea, which belong to Oolong Tea; Keemun tea, which is a strong black tea and Junshan Yinzhen, which is actually a yellow tea.
China, over several 1000 years, has developed a strong culture around tea, with a range of different traditions and formal occasions dictating how and what teas are consumed.
Not normally thought of as a popular tea drinking destination, Morocco is famous for its Maghrebi mint tea, also known as Moroccan, Bedouin, Algerian, Tunisian, or Libyan mint tea. The tea is a green tea, prepared with spearmint leaves and sugar, with the tea poured from a great height into the glass to both aerate the tea, and combine the tea with the spearmint in the cup. If you’d like to give this tea a go at home, just grab some good qualify loose leaf green tea and some fresh spearmint and give it a go! How high can you F**king pour?
Sweet iced tea has been consumed in the Deep South since the early seventeenth century, thought to originate around South Carolina as this was, at the time, the only colony in America producing tea plants. The first version of iced tea as we know it today, albeit made with green tea leaves, was printed in 1879. Housekeeping in Old Virginia published a recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree calling for green tea to be boiled then steeped throughout the day. Finally, "fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonful’s granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar." Ms. Tyree also called for lemon in her drink. Today the delicious drink comes in an incredible array of varieties, almost too many to choose from! If you like a harder drink (not that teas not hard), alcoholic version of iced tea are an awesome beer substitute! Check out our version of iced tea we posted in our last blog.
Defined by law as the “national infusion”, yerba mate, often just called “jerba” or "Mate", is a traditional South American caffeine-rich infused drink. The drink is prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water, and served in a hollow calabash gourd with a metal filter straw. The drink is usually consumed in particular social settings such as family gatherings or with friends, with the same gourd and straw past around. It’s a great way to take time out of your day to spend time with friends and family, and is something that appears to be a common setting for tea drinking throughout the world – bringing people together since 2700 BC!