Matcha tea. Matcha tea has been the talk of the town lately, mainly for its health benefits. A lot of coffee drinkers have ditched their usual caffeine boost of the day and have switched to the powdered green tea drink. With Matcha tea, you are drinking the actual tea leaves which have been finely powdered and made into a solution.
Our consumption of tea, especially ginger and masala chai is more like a ritual than anything else. Our rich and cultural history of chai dates from thousands of years ago and is seeped into the rhythm of our lives.
The popular tea found in Morocco and most North African countries is spearmint seeped into green tea.
In Tibet, you can find Butter Tea, also known as po cha. Many think it has an acquired taste as it is salty instead of sweet and has a thicker consistency than usual tea. According to the Tibetan custom, butter tea is drunk in separate sips, and after each sip the host refills the bowl to the brim, therefore one is never meant to drain its cup.
The most common tea offered and drunk by the British is brewed black tea with a side of milk. They have a very strong culture of afternoon tea which they introduced to many Asian cultures. Their afternoon tea often happens post lunch and includes pastries, scones and biscuits.
Turks have a real appreciation for tea, most commonly their Cay Tea. It is usually served black, and sugar may be added by preference. It is served with every meal and often in between. It is prepared in a very specific way, brewed in a two-chamber pot.
Similar to us in India, tea time for the Irish is synced to their daily routine. Whether it is the first drink of the day, an 11am pick me up or choice of drink during lunch; the Irish consume at least 4-5 cups a day. It is commonly black tea, which is left to be brewed and milk on the side.
Hong Kong Milk tea, also known as Pantyhose tea is a recent phenomenon in Hong Kong, which involves straining the tea leaves through pantyhose-like nets. Its origin story mirrors that of chai in India where the British introduced their culture of afternoon tea. However with the lack of fresh milk compared to the west, they created creamy sweet tea with condensed milk instead.
Pantyhose tea is most commonly served over ice.