After water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the whole wide world, but that does not mean we all have it the same way. Follow us as we take a little trip across the globe…
If you too have been swept up with the tea-related phenomenon called Bubble tea, then you have unknowingly tried a Taiwanese treat invented in the 1980s. Served either hot or cold, and typically over chewy tapioca pearls cooked in sugar syrup, Bubble tea is an addictive and completely new way to drink tea.
Bubble Tea might have been invented in the 80s, but tea in China has been around for millennia. According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, Shennong, in 2737 BCE. Steaming tea leaves was the primary process used for centuries in
the preparation of tea. Now, there are many different ways of brewing Chinese tea depending on the formality of the occasion, and the kind of tea being brewed.
3. South Africa
Rooibus is the tea of choice in South Africa. Meaning red bush, rooibus is a caffeine-free tea making it perfect for a cozy bedtime brew. It is served in South Africa much like black tea (adding milk and sugar to taste), but its naturally mild and sweet flavour can also be enjoyed on its own.
India was the top tea producer for nearly a century, until China took its crown back. Masala chai tea in particular is enjoyed in South Asia with its mixture of aromatic spices and herbs brewed with black tea. When looking for your next tea fix in India you can head to your nearest tea stall, which will not be very far as they are found in almost every street.
If you were drinking tea in Russia, you would use a samovar (pictured). This works as a rather ornate kettle, heating and boiling water for tea. Typically, many samovars have a ring-shaped attachment around the chimney to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate. Tea is drunk at all hours of the day and night, often substituting milk for lemon with plenty of sugar.
Drinking tea in Japan is a ceremonious process, using powdered green tea called matcha. Unlike in the western world, tea in Japan is not made by infusing the leaves with boiling water, but with water first being left to cool slightly in another container beforehand.
Back in Blighty, tea is an important part of national identity. Whether it’s a breakfast brew or afternoon tea, this delightful drink is quintessentially British. Often served with milk and sugar to taste, with a few biscuits on the side to dunk in.