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Tea Traditions

Fall in love with Chai

With fall in the air, we’ve been thinking about one of our favorite fall treats: masala chai! Most people think of Chai as the spicy-sweet-milky delicious drink served in cafes around the world today, but this tasty treat has changed a lot over the years.

Chai, the Hindi word for tea, is a derivative of Cha, the Chinese (Mandarin) word for tea.  The spiced blend with tea is more aptly called Masala Chai, but originally Masala did not include tea at all.


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.


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...