A majority of the world’s population adores tea, more so Indians who enjoy all types of tea – from masala to chamomile to green. But in a nation that considers tea time as almost sacred, the beverage lovingly called cha-yea was often sold on streets and railway stations. Coffee on the other hand, post liberalization, was celebrated in a grandiose manner and found its place in upmarket localities. But lately, tea has emerged as a new found love interest of the youth. No longer is it a drink of the quaint homes, rather it has found its spot in trendy tea rooms and bars. Tea café culture has surfaced and one can find elegant tea boutiques in prominent places of the city. There are multiple tea cafes which showcase more than 20 varieties of tea and suggest thousands of unique ways to have it. Whether you prefer your tea with mint or more cinnamon or no sugar, they customize it just the way you like it. The tea cafes are adorned with posters and trivia about tea and on your way out you can pick souvenirs like exotic tea bags, infusers, enameled tea pots and much more for your loved ones. Interesting right?
Tea cafes around the world are being established as hangouts for young people and even host workshops on tea brewing. Contemporary Tea cafes have become hubs for social activities that now there are apps on your phone to connect you to the neighborhood tea place. People drop by to swap updates on their day and have a cuppa chai. Some of the famous tea cafes internationally are Leaf tea bar in New York, Sengan-en in Japan, Pin Von tea house in China and Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House in Canada.
To give some interesting tit bits on tea –Tea has widely spread around the world and is planted in more than 50 countries and consumed in almost all. It is one of the top beverages across the globe along with beer and coffee. According to legends, tea was discovered accidentally by the Chinese emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC. It spread to Japan by Buddhist monks, made an entry into England as King Charles II’s dowry from the Queen who also popularized it among the elite. The British brought in the tea culture to India as an attempt to break the Chinese monopoly in this industry and the rest is history. We have evolved into a tea drinking nation.
Tea cafes are specific to every country and vary in an interesting manner. Here’s what you can find if you walk into a tea café in these countries:
- Japanese cafés are proud of their matcha green tea which is a high quality, finely ground green tea
- An Indian café will welcome you with some masala chai which is tea brewed with spices such as cloves, cardamom, fennel and sweetened with sugar and milk
- The Turkish, love their tea red and is brewed in a two chamber pot. It is called as cay tea and even served in between meals
- Tea cafes in Morocco serve green tea seeped with spearmint which is refreshing for the taste buds
- Russians brew different types of black tea leaves in a chambered pot called samovar which is served brought to your table
- American cafes are famous for their sweet iced teas. It is strongly brewed tea flavored with sugar and lemon
The rise in the culture of tea cafes can be attributed to the increasing knowledge on the various health benefits of tea as well as the large range of flavors that only tea can offer.
It is also interesting to note that countries are converting from a coffee nation to tea believers. Tea is known to be preferred beverage in Asia and former Soviet, However Martin Lewis, a Stanford Geographer, notes that the hot beverage geography is changing significantly. Places which were famous for coffee such as Turkey and Arabian Peninsula now prefer tea. David Grigg, a British geographer notes that people have 3 cups of tea for every cup of coffee across the world. This is testimony enough that the world has started tilting in favor of tea and we at Octavius are more than ready to embrace the tea culture.
Brewing teas with passion and love, Octavius Teas present to you an exciting range of teas from CTC teas, Orthodox teas, Darjeeling & Assam black teas, green teas to premium variety teas from different harvesting seasons. We are the pioneers in this industry manufacturing a vast selection of teas packed with flavor such as green tea, flavored green and black teas and herbal tea variants. Our teas are fresh, flavorful and curated, direct from the slopes of Darjeeling and Assam.