The Story of Tea England’s Favorite Beverage
Where Does Tea Come From? • An evergreen plant related to the camelia bush • Three types of tea: • Black • Green • Oblong • More than 3000 kinds of tea
A kind of supper Served around 6 pm Everyone sits down What Is “High Tea”?
What is afternoon tea? • An afternoon event featuring • finger sandwiches • scones • Sweet treats • And of course the tea
Teatime Manners • What goes first – tea or cream? • Cream could become scalded if added first • But – tea could become cool if cream is added second • It’s up to you!
Superstitions about Tea • Bubbles on the surface means money is coming your way • Loose bit of tea leaf floating to top means an intriguing stranger is coming • Stirring the tea in the teapot will bring trouble
mid-1800s Duchess of Bedford Could not wait until late evening meal Maid served small sandwiches and cakes New fashion was born Scones Origins of Afternoon Tea Toasted teacakes
Acknowledgment Thanks to Patricia’s Tea Room for the background Information on the story of tea