|Japanese Green Tea Photo Credit: Mhonkoop|
Tea plays an integral role in many cultures. It’s the type of beverage that shapes societal customs and inspires elaborate ceremonies centered on its consumption. The way people drink tea tells a lot about the environment they live in and the culture of their country. From clear glass to porcelain mug, there’s a lot to be said about one of the world’s favorite beverage.
Here’s how many countries drink tea:
- Japan. Finely ground, high-quality green tea leaves make powdered Matcha what it is today. Used in the culinary world to flavor cuisine, this type of tea grew in popularity the moment Americans realized how delicious it is. Matcha is used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
- India. Masala chai tea is rich and creamy. It’s a staple in South Asia and has been for thousands of years. White Darjeeling tea is popular as well. It grows wild in India.
- Britain. Black tea with or without milk and sugar is a staple. Brits are known for “tea time.” They also know a thing or two about what to serve with tea. Cakes, crumpets, and scones are delicacies. Some are served with butter, jam, and clotted cream.
- Turkey. Served in a two-chamber pot, Turks love tea almost as much as they love coffee. They drink black tea with every meal and sometimes in between meals. Occasionally, it’s served with sugar but many people prefer to drink it without.
- United States. Americans love their tea hot and iced. Sweet iced tea is popular in the South. It’s typically made with sugar and the optional lemon. Some Americans brew sun tea. They stick a jar of tea out in a sunny area and let it brew naturally.
The history of tea is fascinating. How different cultures grow, pick, prepare, and consume tea is equally intriguing. What’s your country’s story? How do you drink your tea?