“A cup of tea would restore my normality.”
– Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Truer words have never been spoken. Tea is more than just a beverage, it’s a way of life. Who doesn’t love a cuppa hot steaming goodness? (I know one or two people who don’t but let’s just ignore that.) Tea is the answer to so many things. It makes sadness less sad, warms you up when you’re cold, makes for a beautiful drink to have with friends and is even supposed to be healthy. What else do you want from a beverage?
Hence, it’s no wonder that tomorrow, the 15th of December, we celebrate International Tea Day. Ever since 2005 this has been an important day for us tea lovers. This day is not just supposed to be about praising your favourite tea, or tea binge drinking (is there even such a thing). It’s about appreciating all those people and companies who grow and produce the tea we buy and drink (read more about this subject here).
Tea is really a universal concept (although were you ever to end up with some aliens, I cannot guarantee they’ll know all about it). It’s known and consumed by us everywhere on earth. Wherever you go, you know that if you ask for tea, you’ll get something that’s made from those dried leaves and spices. The one place prepares it differently than the other, but the basic principle stays the same. And what better way to celebrate International Tea Day then to drink some tea? Take this as a beautiful excuse to finally buy those expensive boxes of tea. Invite some friends over. Finally go to that cute little tea shop or café. Let’s celebrate! Cheers.
Where there’s tea, there’s hope.
– Arthur Wing Pinero (Sweet Lavender)
What is your favourite tea flavour/brand? (My personal favourites are mint, camomile and green tea.)