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The Spirit of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

During a tea trip to Japan we spent some time studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony.  Learning about tea is definitely a lifelong pursuit and the Japanese Tea Ceremony is certainly no exception!  Some of the people we met had been studying for years and even decades.  

We learned quite a bit about matcha, the star of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, but the thing that stood out the most was the phrase we kept hearing and seeing – Ichi-go ichi-e.

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A History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea started in England in the 1840s as a ritual mini-meal of sorts between the midday meal and dinner that was usually not eaten until 8pm. The meal consisted originally of a selection of small sandwiches and cakes, such as Victoria Sponge cake, to hold one over until the evening meal. Afternoon tea was distinguished from high tea because...

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A Visit to Lover's Leap

In April we visited the Pedro Estate, famous for Lover’s Leap tea.  The estate is located in Nuwara Eliya, also referred to as ‘little England’ due to the colonial bungalows and red post boxes, as well as the misty weather!  It rained almost the whole time we were there, except when we went to explore the tea estate and Lover’s Leap waterfall, where this famous tea gets it’s name.

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Varieties of Tea from the Camellia Sinensis Leaf

All true tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, and it is the way the leaves are processed that give us so many different varieties of tea.

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Famous Teas Every Tea Lover Should Try

We are often asked to share recommendations for people new to tea.  This is hard because everyone has such different tastes and even our own preferences have evolved over time.  But we all agree that all tea drinkers should try the teas listed below at least once!

 

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