Tea Time Around the World
"When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things." ~ Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Tea: A History of the Drink That Changed the World by John C. Griffiths - - A fascinating account of the world's favorite beverage from the son of Sir Percival Griffiths, author of the monumental and definitive tome The History of the Indian Tea Industry,
Tea: A History of the Drink That Changed the World
Preparing Masala tea, Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal
When the guests are served the cup of tea (chawan) they are expected to bow, while receiving it with their right hand and placing the chawan in the palm of their left hand. Before drinking, the chawan has to be turned three times, clockwise. After taking a drink, wipe the part of the chawan that has been touched by your lips before turning it counter-clockwise and returning it to the host.
Korean afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt in Seoul. Photo by Simon Richmond
tea time at Intercontinental Hongkong
Bellocq Tea Atelier; Greenpoint, NY (photo by Anna Williams)
Nippy Waitress: 1925-33. A young waitress employed by the catering firm J. Lyons who employed them in his Corner House teashops. Dressed in the uniform of a 'Nippy', a style introduced in 1925. The nick-name 'Nippy' was given to waitresses in tea shops and restaurants owned by J. Lyons because they 'nipped' speedily in between tables when serving customers.