Careful consideration about the many pleasures of tea rituals goes on.
This time I started thinking about ‘tea meal’, the idea of gathering a small group of people to enjoy together a good cup of tea.
But, to better understand dynamics and social elements of a tea meal and to see how different this rituals can be from the ones that usuallly took place a century ago, I decided to hold a little Tea Party 🙂 .
Quite an eterogeneous group of young students get together the 17th of March in my little apartment: eight different people to see if ‘brewing’ is still alive.
At 5pm my table was covered with cakes, pastries and cookies; 10 kinds of blended tea were ready to be sipped!
Conversation started immediatly: tea was in their cups and on their lips!
Helen, my chinese friend, immediatly told us how different tea is in her country; they drink it as we do with coffe, in very small cups with no blends as we think of them.
“Then, why do Britains use bigger cups?” “Why do european country such as France and Belgium have always love to blend tea in their tradion?” “Do French and Belgian people have a tradion in tea at all?” “Really?” “Yes, above all with flowers contrary to the Russians” “The Russian? Do they drink tea?” “ Yes, they do. Their tea are with parings of citrus fruits…” “ Are they? Citrus fruits?”
History, tradition, contemporary art and cooking were also among the most discussed topics.
These conversations went on with an only, constant request, timid at first then louder every time: “ Can I have some more tea, please?”.
Yes, of course you can 😉