I love tea ... I love the ritual involved in warming the pot, brewing and pouring ..and sipping.... I love popping the tea cosy on and waiting... (this tea cosy is my latest crochet effort !)
Tea is first mentioned in a Chinese story dating from 2700 BC when Emperor Shen Nung drank some hot water into which a leaf from the wild tea bush had fallen. He was so impressed by the refreshing taste that he began to propagate the magic shrub.
It was introduced to Europe in 1610 via a Dutch sailing ship and became very popular in the 1800's when it became cheaper and more available.
The biggest consumers of tea in the world are the Irish (so I can blame my mother's Irish family for my "addiction" !) followed by the British in second place.
Tea is usually served from a pot...choose your pot carefully because the material it is made from can influence the flavour of the tea. The best materials are porcelain, glass, earthenware and steel.
The best cup of tea is sipped out of a china cup.
So thank you Camellia Sinensis ...you make my day so much brighter !
Have a great weekend ..I'm just off to pop the kettle on ...