🗓 07/12/2023 👤 Vivienne Billion und Hannah Rieder

A journey through cultures and their tea ceremonies

Tea - probably the best-known hot drink in the world. The era began thousands of years ago in Asia, where the tea plant Camellia sinensis originated. Crazy fact: after water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. What other secrets does tea have? Just read on!

A journey through cultures and their tea ceremonies

We all know that tea is as much a part of England as rainy weather (or perhaps because of it). So in this article, we want to introduce you to three different countries and their tea ceremonies that are a little less well-known and take you on a journey.


The tea ceremonies in Japan, also known as "Chado" or "Sado", are a cultural tradition and symbolize hospitality, beauty and respect. They are an important part of Japanese culture and are often used as an opportunity to meet friends and family and spend time together. The room where the tea ceremony takes place is carefully cleaned and decorated beforehand to create a harmonious and peaceful atmosphere. Yes, you read that right: There is a dedicated tea room in most cases! Of course, a great deal of effort is also put into the preparation of the tea. It's hard to believe that it is even ground by hand! The tea is traditionally served in a specific order and poured into small bowls with a ladle. The tea is then drunk slowly and in small sips. It is customary in Japan to remain silent while drinking tea in order to preserve the calm and peaceful atmosphere.


In Uzbekistan, drinking tea is also an important part of the culture and especially of hospitality. In the past, it was typical to make sircha tea from milk, salt and spices. It was so rich that it often replaced breakfast. Today, however, another important part of everyday life is this tradition: kaytar. Here, the tea is poured three times from the pot into a small bowl and back again so that the aromas can fully develop. This is how Loy becomes Moy and then Choy: the drink changes from clay to oil to tea. By the way: In Uzbekistan, it is typical to drink tea from small bowls called piala. These are only filled with a few sips to allow the tea to cool down quickly. When tea is served to a guest, they take the piala with their right hand and place their left hand on their heart. This is seen as a sign of respect and sincerity in the relationship. Green tea is particularly popular for kaytar.


Finally, we would like to introduce you to the birthplace of tea. Tea is an integral part of everyday life in China. Therefore, there is of course a ceremony here too: Gong Fu Cha. Drinking tea is divided into three stages, in which the tea leaves are infused three times. The first infusion is also known as "the infusion of good smell". This is to develop the aroma and enjoy the smell. The tea itself is still bitter and is not drunk. This is where the second infusion comes in, the "infusion of good taste". Now it is no longer just the nose that can enjoy the aroma, because the tea can now be drunk. And so it continues from the third infusion, which is also known as the "infusion of long friendship". Depending on the quality of the tea, the leaves can be infused up to 15 times, but each time longer than before to offer different taste experiences. Meanwhile, time can be enjoyed with loved ones.

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