International Tea Day
Hurray it’s International Tea Day! If you are unfamiliar with this fabulous holiday, here is a little bit of background information for you!
International Tea Day is celebrated annually on December 15th every year since 2015. It started in tea producing countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda, India and Tanzania. However, it was New Delhi that organised the first celebrations and since then has been celebrated al over the world.
The aim of this special day is to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of global tea trade as well as a request for support with fair trade.
It’s a De-caff Tea for Me
If you are a regular reader then you will know that I have been trying to cut out caffeine in November and carried on into December in a bid to reduce my heart rate. Honestly, I cannot taste the difference but then I am no tea connoisseur. Therefore, I admit that I am converted; it’s a de-caff tea for me!
Also, I am more a coffee drinker too (also now de-caff) so it is fair to say that I feel like a bit of a fraud writing a blog on International Tea Day. There is only one person that I could think that is suitable for this post. My sister Amelia, she is the biggest tea drinker I know.
A cup of tea just makes everything better doesn’t it? The kettle is the first thing to go on whenever my sister comes to visit. Tea is had over chats, over catch-ups, over teas and over laughter. Whenever she leaves, the kettle is still warm. It is fair to say that she loves tea quite a lot.
6 Questions I asked my Sister.
As someone who always has a brew in her hand, I thought who better to interview for this post than my younger sister Amelia!
What was your first memory of drinking tea?
When I was first allowed tea, I would make one for me and one for my dad.
What is your favourite thing to eat with a cup of tea?
Pudding, biscuits and elevenses. Anything that is at work when it’s brew time!
How much tea do you drink in a day?
One in a morning.
Then at tea breaks at work.
After school brew
Maybe one in the evening.
More if I am working from home!
It is probably way too much…
What’s your favourite type of tea?
Yorkshire tea or PG tips but I am also happy to drink a supermarket’s own brand or in deed any kind of tea.
What is the perfect shade of tea?
Not too strong, but not milky! We have builder’s tea at work because we use a teapot and most people like strong tea.
Which cup / teapot is your favourite for tea?
I like my orange teapot because it was a gift from a lovely friend. Normally, I like my teapots with matching cups etc because it is posh. I only use a teapot if I have friends round!
The Northern Tea House
As already confessed, I have always been more of a coffee drinker myself. That was until I discovered The Northern Tea House in Huddersfield. My husband and I have been visiting since our little girl was a few months old. We love to have breakfast there or a late brunch. It is most definitely tea in their pretty dainty teacups that lured me in.
Have you been? If want to find out more about them, you can click here. Genuinely a place I love, this is not an ad. I am sharing this because the place is lovely, the food is incredible and I can highly recommend their tea!
You know you’re British when…
If you think my sister drinks a lot of tea, sit down. Get ready. Because here are some astonishing facts about tea and the British!
- The average Brit drinks 876 cups of tea every single year – enough to fill two bathtubs.
- A cup of tea has become native to British culture, and while ‘builder’s tea’ remains the number one choice for Brits, green, herbal and fruit blends have become incredibly popular in recent years.
- Tea is also a social drink: 80 per cent of office workers say they find out more about what’s going on over a cup of tea than any other way.
- Traditionally milk was poured into the cup to protect the delicate bone china. It’s not necessary if you’ve got a big old mug full.
Happy International Tea Day!
However you celebrate today – make sure it is with a brew.
Huge thank you to Amelia for letting me bug you with tea questions and also for snapping the images in this blog post. This post is not collaboration for The Northern Tea House, this is purely my own recommendation based upon my own experiences.