Here’s how to put one together for use with your tea.
Forget the noise.
This is not a Downton Abbey draw. Prior to the ceremony, the ritual և ritual is injected into the practice of tea around the world, the method of tea consumption is individual. Mr. Rogers drank hot cranberry juice from the cups, so you can do anything (just avoid hallucinogenic ayahuasca). The famous British version of afternoon tea can be as impressive as its delicate bone porcelain – three-tiered towers of appetizers. On the contrary, the equivalent of a French tea hour goût often contains a random chocolate bar in a baguette. Chado, Japan aponia tea ritual, prefers tranquility to fall.
Tea is often combined with appetizers, which can be sweet (pastry) or spicy (finger sandwiches). Indian tea culture has a particularly large array of appetizers, including miniature dried fruit samosas և chaklin, a spicy fried lentil spiral. For scones, Ms. Reeves recommends freezing them raw and baking them individually in the toaster oven.
Mana Reshamwala, a resident of Durham, NC, spends an hour each Thursday with a neighbor for tea that complements meditative activities such as gardening or weaving. His green tea, which he drank from Hagi-Yaki earthenware, is traditional. The rest is personal. “It’s time for a lot of mana,” he said. “Just my time.” Asked what other personal time she has, Mrs. Reshammala, a mother of two young men, laughed.
Time can be any time for tea.
Atayan, a Senegalese tea ceremony, can take up to three hours. But most business hours are about 30 minutes. Most common at 3 p.m. 30 or 4, but do what suits you. Perhaps, like Oprah Winfrey, your tea time is in the morning. For those who have late lunches or especially morning shocks, maybe eleven, which happens at 11 in the morning, is better. But tea time can just as easily be a soothing chamomile sip at bedtime.
Do not complicate.
There is a lot of gear. And, apparently, 24 million ways to make tea. But here are some guidelines. Boiling water will spoil green or oolong teas, Ms. Reeves said. Teas have different sharp times, an average of three minutes, he added, but check the packaging instructions (oolong teas are great for many sharp ones). If you bend too long, you can add more water. Tea lovers appreciate loose-fitting tea bags. The BBC’s Optimal Tea Inquiry advised five-minute sharp edges to report that the same tea would taste sweeter in a red cup than white tea.