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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.

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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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