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May 04, 2019
‘A cup of tea shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent!’ – Anonymous
With the chillier weather brewing comes a time for friends and family to flock together, to revel in each other’s company and bask in warm settings sharing a hot cuppa and conversation. Not something we think about often, tea has brought so much pleasure to many people’s lives. Think about that first cup of tea made by your mum or grandma. It may not have seemed significant at the time but looking back at those magical moments will bring an instant smile to your face. Just the sound of tea being prepared can spark thoughts of nostalgia – the kettle whistling, the ching of delicate cups on saucers and the slow stream of hot tea poured from a teapot. We all come to tea in different ways, but it surely is a universally treasured ritual for everyone.
The Toy Tea Set
Whilst tea has a unique power all on its own, sharing a cup is about so much more than just the tea. It allows us to take a break in our bustling lives. It allows us to share regrets, delights and pain with friends and family. And it’s no secret that it can even make us feel better just thinking about it. Remember as a child the excitement you felt posing as host, making imaginary tea from your toy tea set for your teddies and dolls? Maybe this is what paved our way for true appreciation of the tea ritual, naturally bringing friends and family together for reflection and hearty conversations.
Warm Cuppa Equals Warm Heart
Would you believe that choosing hot drinks makes you feel cosy and friendly? Indeed, a tad far-fetched but it’s true. An experiment conducted by US researchers asked people to rate strangers while they held hot or cold drinks. Those holding warm cups were rated higher in terms of trustworthiness. It is no wonder that sharing a cuppa with a loved one encourages us to comfortably indulge in imagination and chat openly. It is an excuse to be part of the group. Even in social networking events, say book clubs and study groups, drinking tea can relax you and give you the courage to share your vision.
The English And Their Devotion To Tea
Have you ever watched an English drama where one woman pops into her friend’s home and declares her husband is cheating on her, and the friend says, ‘let me just put the kettle on’? It is universally acknowledged that the English love their tea. It is their answer to everything. Whether they take their tea with milk, sugar, lemon or just plain they are all devoted to its flavour. The British consume 60 billion cups per year, according to the Tea and Infusions Organisation. That is more than 900 cups each year for every person living in Great Britain. Wow!
Tea has become ingrained in the British way of life, from the afternoon tea enjoyed by the working-class cockneys in the east of London to the tea served in china cups and saucers in high-class hotels. The Ritz in London has held a very expensive tea event for years. Anthropologist Kate Fox in her book, ‘Watching the English’ tuned in on an interesting fact. She observed that the strongest brews of black tea are popular with the working class and increase in weakness as the Brits go up the social ladder. Wherever their desire for tea came from, ‘putting the kettle on’ seems to be the magic potion amongst the Brits.
After all this talk of tea, you are probably ‘gasping’ for a cuppa right now. I know I am. Allegra and Grace’s gorgeous teas will warm you enough to bring you out of that winter slumber. Try the Berry Green Tea which contains a fruity mix of lemon myrtle, strawberry gum, spearmint and chamomile, perfect for those winter blues. If you are suffering from the sniffles, the Coolmint Green with a balanced blend of liquorice, peppermint, aniseed myrtle, spearmint and lavender will help you to breathe again.
Whichever tea tickles your fancy why not share a lovely pot of tea with your friends, family or partner, and open your life to one of life’s simple treasures?
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