The art of serving and enjoying fresh tea: discover the traditions!

by D Buchner

Tea is an age-old beverage valued worldwide for its taste and health benefits. In this blog we take you on a journey through the art of serving and enjoying fresh tea, and discover some of the fascinating traditions associated with it.

The basics of serving tea

To get started, there are some basics you need to understand to serve the perfect cup of tea. These are choosing the right type of tea and the importance of water temperature.

Choosing the right type of tea

Choosing the right type of tea is essential for preparing a delicious cup of tea. There are many different types of tea, such as green, black, white, oolong tea. Each has its own unique flavour profile, ranging from sweet and floral to earthy and smoky. Try different varieties to find out which flavuors appeal to you most.

The importance of water temperature

The temperature of the water plays a crucial role in making tea. Water that is too hot can burn the tea, resulting in a bitter taste. The ideal water temperature varies per type of tea. For example, green and white teas require a lower temperature than black and oolong teas. A good rule of thumb is to keep the water just below boiling point.

Traditional tea ceremonies from all over the world

Tea is consumed all over the world and each country has its own unique tea traditions. Let's take a look at two of the most famous tea ceremonies: the Japanese tea ceremony and Chinese tea traditions.

Japanese tea ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony, also known as Chanoyu, is a refined art form that embodies the spirit of Zen Buddhism. It is a ritual in which green tea, usually matcha , is prepared and served to guests in a serene environment. The ceremony involves a series of precise movements and gestures performed with attention and respect.

Chinese tea traditions

China is the cradle of tea and has a rich history of tea traditions. The Chinese tea ceremony, Gongfu Cha, emphasizes the skill and art of making tea. Oolong teas are often used for this. Mates and bombilla, while not a Chinese tradition, are also interesting additions to tea traditions. This ceremony uses small teapots and cups, and the tea is brewed in multiple infusions to allow guests to enjoy the different flavours released.

Tips for optimally enjoying your tea

To enjoy your tea to the fullest, there are some tips you can follow. This includes using the right teacups and accessories and learning to appreciate the subtle flavours of tea.

Using the right teacups and accessories

The right teacup can make a big difference in your tea experience. There are special cups for different types of tea that enhance the taste and aroma of the tea. In addition, there are also useful accessories such astea strainers , teapot warmers and teaspoons that make serving and enjoying tea even more pleasant.

The art of tasting and appreciating tea

Tasting tea is like tasting wine: it requires attention and appreciation for the subtle flavours and aromas. Take the time to smell the tea, look at the color and sip slowly to discover all the flavour nuances. As you gain more experience with this, you will find that you can enjoy your cup of tea even more.

Whether you are a seasoned tea drinker or just starting to explore the world of tea, serving and enjoying fresh tea is a wonderful experience. By learning the traditions and techniques, you can deepen your appreciation for this special drink and make every cup of tea a special moment.