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CHINESE CAFÉ IN NOTTINGHAM A RELAXING HAVEN FOR TEA LOVERS

BY MALVIKA PADIN / NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY | 03-JUN-2018

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.

For The Brighter Days: White Peony

White tea has been used for relaxation and has long traditions throughout the Chinese culture that is widely adopted around the world.

Every tea has a peaceful and calming effect on the body and mind. The tea preparing process is also very relaxing and allows the tea maker to stay in the present moment.

Drinking white tea every day can bring more peace and calm to your mind, But the calming effects are not merely in the mind. White tea is very enjoyable to drink, because of its mild, smooth flavour, but also it’s very beneficial to your health.

White tea contains a high level of antioxidants, also has antibacterial and antiviral effects that can help prevent some infections within your body. Daily use can lead to better overall physical health.

Today panda wasn’t feeling too well, so I’ve made her some White Peony Tea to cheer her up. We have the whole experience on the video (it’s good to set ourselves new challenges). That was a very spontaneous video with no preparation or script, so our acting skills will slowly improve. However, white tea was a best. As you will see in the video, Panda gets “tea drunk”.

To bring some peace of mind into your life could be as simple as drinking a good quality tea daily. We are proud of our White Tea and are happy to share its benefits with you.  Get yours by simply clicking HERE.

Also, we always welcome you to our studio. Stay healthy and happy.

 

 

 

Beth with August Moon Tea

We have some wonderful guests that come to our studio to enjoy some tea. We would like to share a beautiful blog post written by the talented lifestyle photographer based in Midlands, Beth Anne.

A preview of her post:

“Even if you’ve only been following my Blog or Instagram for a short time you will have probably worked out that I like tea, a lot! But whilst us Brits are quite partial to a casual cuppa, or ten, do you think we ever really give our tea our entire attention?  Do we ever just sit and observe our life, our time in that peaceful moment?  I can honestly answer this question for myself with a big fat no….. I love my tea, and whilst I associate it with warmth and comfort I’m often just too damn busy to properly sit and appreciate it for what it is.

Until now right….. I was very lucky to be invited to August Moon in Nottingham city centre to experience an authentic Chinese Tea Ceremony.  Now I had seen a tea ceremony on television many years ago and found it fascinating, but actually being there in person was a truly incredible experience….”

To read more please go to Beth’s blog page  http://bit.ly/2om6StL 

*cover image by Beth Anne

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Your White Tea

As for white tea, in Fuding, Fujian, many people store some for its medicinal uses. There is a saying of white tea, one-year tea, three-year medicine and seven-year treasure.
Aged white tea has the special aroma, flavours, and colours which are unforgettable. To always have good aged white tea, the best thing to do is to learn how to store it properly.
1 Why do we store white tea?
Nowadays, white tea is supposed to be a good investment after the wave of Puer tea. The longer it’s stored, the better tea flavour you get, and higher medicinal values it gets. The price of white tea has been increasing at a rapid pace which proves that white tea has been accepted by the public and is becoming popular.
2 Which white tea should be collected?
This all depends on your personal preferences. At the same storage environment, the tea with different tenderness has different transforming speed. Silver needle is the slowest followed by peony. Gongmei and Shoumei are the fastest. The colour of liquor changes from light yellow to honey colour, then to arrange or even darker. The aroma changes to plum, to reed leaves to date and to Chinese medicine.
Gongmei and Shoumei are highly suggested for collection because the quantity is the highest among all the white tea. The quantity of them in total occupies more than half of all the white tea. Gongmei and Shoumei have all the benefits of white tea with a cheaper price than silver needle and peony. Thus naturally, these two are the best to collect.

3 How long is the white tea stored for?
White tea can be kept for a long time, as long as 2 or 3 decades, or even longer. But it has to be good-quality from good raw tea leaves so that the flavour can get better and better which means the value gets higher and higher.

4 How should white tea be stored?
(1) Sealing
The natural transition comes from the tea itself. You need sealable containers made of iron porcelain or tin.
(2) Avoid direct sunlight.
Lights can oxidize the surface of the tea leaves and affect the flavour
(3) Room temperature.
White tea doesn’t have to be stored in the freezer. You also need to avoid radiator.
(4) Avoid other smell.
There is polymeric palmitic acid and terpene compounds which make tea absorb different smells easily. So you need to be careful with other flavours and smells.
(5) Keep the tea in a dry place
Only if you keep the tea in a dry place, can you store the tea for a long period. Humidity can change the properties of tea and the flavours of the tea.
In general, avoid high humidity, other flavours and smells, and direct sunlight. Always seal the tea in a good container and keep it at room temperature.
5 The changes after being stored
One year tea: Because white tea is lightly fermented, the newly produced tea doesn’t have a deep and rich flavour. It won’t taste as good as the aged ones.
Three-year tea: If you have stored the white tea properly for 2-3 years, the properties of tea change slowly, so does the aroma. The colour of tea changes from light yellow to apricot colour even darker. When you drink it, the aroma is softer and richer. It can help you to deal with the heat in summer, protect your liver and heart.
Seven-year tea: when the tea is 5-6 years old, it can be called ‘old tea’. As time goes on, the aroma gets richer and richer, the liquor gets thicker, the colour gets amber and clear. At this stage, the white tea has better benefits for cancers prevention, sunstroke prevention, detoxification, and allergy prevention. Having a few cups of white tea can help you to relax.
6 When does the tea taste the best?
Aged white tea has a rich and lasting aroma. Silver needles have pekoe aroma, fruity aroma, and obsolete aroma. Peony has rich pekoe aroma and obsolete aroma. Gongmei and Shoumei have date aroma and Chinese medicine aroma. The tea liquor of aged white tea is soft, smooth and accomplished with a very good back-to-sweet after-taste. The charm of aged white tea is everlasting.
Under a good storage condition, there are a few tasting periods.
1st:
After 6 months the tea is produced, the watery flavour decreases, with a heaving nature and strong energy. The tea tastes a little bit bitter but also accomplished. The tea smells fresh. This is the time you can learn the merits and weaknesses. So you can give it a try.
2nd:
Between 3-5 years old, the watery flavour has gone. After the transition period, the properties of white tea are stable, and so is the taste. The tea tastes much strong with the cold nature.
3rd:
Around the 7, and 8th year, after years’of transforming, the obsolete flavour of white tea gradually turns up. And there are a lot of possibilities the tea can taste like. Some of them have a fruity and honey flavour. Other ones might have rich floral flavour transformed from the light aroma.
White tea over 7 years over has a softer and warmer nature with certain medicinal benefits. It helps with anti-inflammatory and protects liver and stomach.

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