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Tea not only brings people closer, but also helps us to reconnect with oursleves. It's a natural elixir for our souls.

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A Cup of Tea Slows the World Down

We never see anyone who rushes with a cup of hot tea.

A cup of tea allows you to pause for a moment.
When you want to enjoy some tea, not for your thirsty throat, you won’t have a huge bottle, walking and drinking. You will firstly slow down, sit around the table and let your body quiet down and breathe. Tea appreciation starts from the peacefulness of your body and mind.
If someone says to another: come for some tea, this is a type of a generous greeting.

A cup of tea creates a beautiful space for your heart.
There is a type of tea called Japanese samurai tea. When opponents meet, they garden and go into the tearoom through a garden without their Knives. They sit down face-to-face with a cup of tea between them. The whole world is getting quiet. The noises from the battlefield are fading away. What only exists in the whole world is the desire for the cup of tea. In Japan, the tea rooms are normally quite small. The samurais enter and sit down, the distance between the bodies is, the interval between several cups of tea. The environment forces them to almost touch their knees. The static body being so close to each other is very meaningful. People think that the soul will be in the heart of this close distance, and everyone’s beautiful realm of others can be achieved in drinking tea.

A cup of tea plants lotus flowers in your heart
Enjoying tea at this very moment is so important. Without sitting down together, no one would be able to understand the beauty of this. Buddha is enlightened in the lotus flower. Our hearts get peaceful with a cup of tea.
We all need to pause for a moment to review the peacefulness, kindness. Once we sit down with tea, the worries, anxiety and negativity will be cut off. Let alone that the secret of tea appreciation is to slow down.

We all are living in this noisy world where our lives are way too fast. When you are trying to find a way to relax and distress, please remember that a cup of tea that is patiently and respectfully prepared is all you need. Let’s sit still, adjust our breathing, relax our body and regain the joy and curiosity on our journey.

What is time? What is happiness? What is life? We can all find the answers from a cup of tea we are holding at this moment. We need it to take our time, pause, and look at this world, then look at ourselves. Maybe the world is better when you take time.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


When To Drink Your Tea

Nowadays wellbeing also has been mentioned a lot. There are countless ways to maintain wellbeing. For Chinese people, drinking tea is a tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years. We have learned that tea is beneficial to our human body. It is important to understand when to drink different tea.

After a day and night of metabolism, the body consumes a lot of water. The blood concentration is high at this time. Drinking a cup of light tea cannot only replenish moisture but also dilute the blood and lower blood pressure. Avoid strong tea. Light tea can prevent damage to the weaker gastric mucosa in the morning. Avoid drinking tea with an empty stomach. Because tea contains caffeine. Your intestines might absorb too much caffeine when your stomach is empty, which can result in adverse reactions such as palpitation and frequent urination. Over time, it will also affect the absorption of vitamin B.
After a night of sleep, the body tends to be in a relatively static state. Drinking black tea can promote blood circulation. Meanwhile, it can eliminate the coldness of the night so that the blood supply to the brain is sufficient. Black tea is warm and can be brewed after getting up every morning.

It is the most important time to drink tea during a day. It has a certain conditioning effect on the human body to enhance the body’s resistance and even prevent colds.
Under normal circumstances, there is a strong fire in your liver at noon. Green tea or lightly oxidized oolong tea can alleviate this. Lightly oxidized oolong tea is sweet and cool, enters the liver, can clear liver and gallbladder heat, resolve liver toxins. It’s rich in vitamin E, can resist ageing; green tea enters the kidney, diuresis and turbidity, making urination smooth. In addition, the content of tea polyphenols in green tea is extremely high, and the anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory effects are good.

Having tea during the night has been misunderstood by many people. They think it can affect sleep. In fact, during this period of time, the immune system is at the most active moment. If you can brew a good cup of tea, your body can easily repair and restore the immune system and rebuild cells.
After three meals, the body will accumulate a certain amount of fatty substances in the digestive system. If you can drink a cup of black tea, such as Puerh tea or Tibetan tea, after dinner, it will help to break down excess fat, which will warm the stomach and help digestion. Black tea is milder and purer and does not affect sleep especially fermented Puerh tea. White tea is also good, such as Shoumei which is calming and soothing.

What Are The Substances Determining The Taste of Black Tea?

Black tea, in Chinese, is called red tea (红茶). During the processing of black tea, the chemical reaction causes tea polyphenols’ enzymatic oxidation. The chemical composition of fresh leaves changes greatly, with the tea polyphenols being decreased by more than 90%, resulting in new components such as theaflavins and thearubigins.

In the fermentation process of black tea, there are three kinds of substances that determine the taste of black tea, theaflavins, thearubigins, and theaflavins.Theaflavin is a golden yellow pigment found in yellow tea and black tea, which is the result of tea fermentation.
In biochemistry, theaflavins are a class of polyphenolic hydroxyl with a structure of a tea phenolic ketone. It was firstly discovered by RobertsEAH. It refers to the substance in black tea which is soluble in ethyl acetate and is orange-yellow. It is oxidatively condensed from polyphenols and their derivatives. The content of theaflavins in black tea is generally 0.3%~1.5%, playing a decisive role in the colour and flavour of black tea.

Thearubigin is an orange-brown pigment found in black tea. It is the product of tea fermentation. Biochemically, it is a heterogeneous red or maroon phenolic substance with extremely different molecular weights. The orange-brown compound accounts for 6% to 8% by weight of dry tea. The thearubigin plays a certain role in the taste and colour of the tea soup. The thearubigin pigment accounts for about 35% of the total colour and plays an important role in the brown colour of the finished tea.

The polyphenols in tea are important active substances and are the general term of various phenolic compounds. They are the main components of the fresh tea leaves, among which catechins are the main components. With the total amount of 60% to 80%, catechins are closely related to the colour of the soup, taste and aroma of tea.
From the colour of tea, theaflavin is an important component to brighten up the tea soup. However, during the processing of tea, theaflavin is greatly reduced due to oxidative polymerization. As the main substance that is related to the concentration of tea soup, thearubigin creates the “red” colour and the taste of black tea soup. Tea brown pigment makes the tea soup dark. When the content of tea brown pigment reaches 6% to 8%, the colour of the soup can be red and brown. When the content of the tea brown pigment is less than 5%, it means that the fermentation is insufficient, and the soup colour is characterized by red-orange and bright.

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After the long, tedious day I’d had, I wanted to curl up with a hot drink and unwind. I debate scrapping the interview I’m meant to do and going home.

But my phone rings and it’s the interviewee calling, she wants to know where I am and before I know it I’m walking into her studio, seated in front her, awaiting a warm cup of tea.

A quiet chatter of conservation over the comfort of a warm drink has the ability to put the most wounded up minds at ease, and that’s the basis on which August Moon Tea was founded.

Hidden on the third floor of a quaint studio, on Goose Gate, in Hockley, the café is soothing. The stress of the day melts away instantly, as I step in.

The idea behind August Moon Tea is about enjoying the unique culture of Chinese ceremonial tea, while also finding a moment of peace within your own mind.  Estelle Liu, who set up the café, lights up with a smile as she says, “I held my first tea ceremony, exactly one year ago, that was the starting point”

The 28-year-old originally comes from the south-eastern part of China, the prefectural city of Yaan. She tells me that it is the land which boasts the record of the first ever of tea made in the world, and also the place where the first panda was spotted by the Westerns

Arriving in the U.K for her degree at Loughborough University, four years ago. She stayed on and decided to spread her love for tea and her knowledge of the Chinese culture among the Nottingham locals.

Inspired and motivated by the fact people tend to be misinformed about the Chinese culture – mostly known for its political situations – she set up August Moon Tea, to highlight the intricacies of the simple, polite culture.

The café –with cosy, subtly lit up wooden interiors and quiet music in the background -is a cultural experience, promoting peace, silence and mindfulness.

Chinese tea ceremonies, which up until a decade ago, was considered old-school in China, is now a luxurious lifestyle that enforces positivity and calm.

Estelle – who I instantly bonded over being an international student with – gives a tidbit of how her tea ceremonies work.

She says; “People are really tired from work, and come here to stay quiet and relax. So the tea ceremonies I conduct are formal, with a 12- 15minute meditation session before the start, followed by ‘quiet’ tea with the first three cups shrouded in silence.”

She explains that regular customers become familiar with each other and want to talk, but when you talk you miss out on the details of the tea and forget to appreciate or enjoy the drink.

“But it’s not all quiet though”, she says as she pauses to pour the tea, leaning over to let me have a sniff of the tea leaves, “We have social events too We have workshops to learn some simple Chinese, art sessions with Mandala (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) or the process of making traditional Chinese tea. All of these are really therapeutic” Estelle knows that immersing yourself completely into a new, unfamiliar culture can be overwhelming, so she tries to include some events the locals are more used to; like the most recent social event at the café, a Halloween party, cleverly called Mad Hatters Tea ParTea.

The demographics of her customers range from students as young as 19-year-olds to people in their 50s and 60s, and they are from various different ethnicities. People from Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Pakistan, India, and France, and many more countries all frequent the café.

At the café, the love of tea is more than enough to strike up a friendship, that blurs all cultural and language barriers. “That’s the beauty of tea, it brings people together regardless of where you’re from”, says Estelle.

Estelle narrates an anecdote of a friend from China, who was initially reluctant to come to the café but found herself enjoying it and making friends despite not knowing much English at the time.

What sets apart this café from the rest is that Estelle knows and is friends with most of her customers. The café is a business and her full-time job, but she values the relationships she forges with people who walk in, over tea.

She tells me another story about a customer turned friend, “When I started the business, a customer walked in- a Spanish girl. We hit it off and became friends. I found out she was looking for a house to live in and I was looking for a housemate and she moved in. And now we live together”

The one group of people that the café cannot attract, are the Chinese, who are looking to experience a culture different from their own while in the UK, but this doesn’t discourage the motive of the café; to enjoy your own company and that of others, in a quiet atmosphere.

This hidden gem in Hockley is all about slowing down to enjoy a cup of tea, learning about yourself and others. And I find myself completely free of worries as I leave to go home after 40 minutes of conversation, five cups of tea, and a new friend.

(Origin from Art News Portal)

Tap Twice At A Tea Ceremony?


Having a tea ceremony not only gives you a time to wind down but also reconnect with the others. There are different customs around the tea table. It’s always practical to know some of them.

One of the most interesting things you’d notice when you have tea is that people tap twice when they are served every time. There are a few reasons behind this.
It starts with Emperor Qian Long from Qing Dynasty. The legion is that Emperor Long used to travel among the citizens in disguise to get a feel of how everyday people were living. One time he went to a restaurant with one of his servants and actually poured his servant a cup of tea (which is unheard of for an Emperor at that time.) The servant had to show he was grateful but didn’t want to do a customary bow since it would blow the Emperor’s cover, so he tapped his fingers on the table to show the Emperor that he was grateful.
But there are more practical reasons for doing this.
Tea brings people closer. When we have tea, we have conversations with each other. As you can imagine, if a person said thank you every time when their tea was poured, it would constantly interrupt the conversation. Tapping fingers is a way to say thank you if you are in the middle of a conversation.

When we have quiet tea ceremonies, no one talks. This subtle gesture can keep the whole ceremony in silence.

So next time when you are at a tea session or ceremony, just tap twice somewhere close to you. We’ll know our service is appreciated.