Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tea Soirees

In the contemporary era tea is not just a traditional drink as most people believe. It is a fun drink as well and goes well with parties where finger foods and light snacks are served. Not just parties, this wonderful hot beverage is served during recess at events, ceremonies and gatherings of all kinds. 

In the past Chinese monk Lu Yu initiated preparation and drinking protocol for this beverage. In Japan, Buddhist Priest Yeisei introduced this brew sometime in 800 AD. The consumption spread far and wide to religious monasteries and royalty. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is often conducted by the geisha who have mastered the art of serving tea.

Tea Gardens

The Portuguese Jesuits introduced tea to the Europeans and subsequently tea gardens opened up in Europe. The Portuguese then  introduced tea to the Dutch who introduced it to France and the Baltic Nations. From the prerogative of the rich the tea eventually landed on the platter of the common folks as the production became organized. The garden accorded an opportunity for differing social classes to come together.   

Afternoon Tea

Tea entered England in the seventeenth century. The Duchess of Bedford very fond of this hot brew, set unto fashion the consumption in the afternoon. This practice spread among the Nobles fast and quick.  This eventually brought in to picture the serving vessels, the kettle, cup and saucer. made of expensive materials like porcelain. The practice became popular among the high class consumers who loved to show off their fancy cutlery.

Modern Tea Rooms and Dances

The tea rooms in US and UK were contained within fine hotels or buildings. These places were frequented by elites during the afternoon for social gatherings.over a cup of tea. Later the rooms became meeting grounds for the young and hence dances came into the picture. The parties over the brew are held on many events like baby showers, weddings and bridal showers. 

The modern tea rooms have turned up as lounges with ultra fashionable interiors and classic ambiance. Tea Lounges are new concept floated by Wagh Bakri Tea House and have become very popular with the young crowd all over India.  

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