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The Story of Tea England’s Favorite Beverage Where Does Tea Come From? An evergreen plant related to the camelia bush Three types of tea: Black Green Oblong More than 3000 kinds of tea A kind of supper Served around 6 pm Everyone sits down What Is “High Tea”? What is afternoon tea?

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the story of tea

The Story of Tea

England’s Favorite Beverage

where does tea come from
Where Does Tea Come From?
  • An evergreen plant related to the camelia bush
  • Three types of tea:
    • Black
    • Green
    • Oblong
  • More than 3000 kinds of tea
what is high tea
A kind of supper

Served around 6 pm

Everyone sits down

What Is “High Tea”?
what is afternoon tea
What is afternoon tea?
  • An afternoon event featuring
  • finger sandwiches
  • scones
  • Sweet treats
  • And of course the tea
teatime manners
Teatime Manners
  • What goes first – tea or cream?
  • Cream could become scalded if added first
  • But – tea could become cool if cream is added second
  • It’s up to you!
superstitions about tea
Superstitions about Tea
  • Bubbles on the surface means money is coming your way
  • Loose bit of tea leaf floating to top means an intriguing stranger is coming
  • Stirring the tea in the teapot will bring trouble
origins of afternoon tea
mid-1800s

Duchess of Bedford

Could not wait until late evening meal

Maid served small sandwiches and cakes

New fashion was born

Scones

Origins of Afternoon Tea

Toasted teacakes

acknowledgment
Acknowledgment

Thanks to Patricia’s Tea Room for the background

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