Spirit of Specialty Tea

by Elena Popec 1. September 2010 16:37

Do you remember who said this? "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."

I believe that this comprehensive phrase belongs to Salvador Dali. Although, I'm not a big fan of his work, nonetheless, this man has earned the right to argue about perfection.

I remembered this phrase in connection with the fact that, once again, while brewing good loose leaf tea, I forgot to warm the teapot...That feeling of vexation from a tiny little thing that can ruin a great thing is probably familiar to many, particularly programmers. So, at first I was agitated by this very annoying fact. "Shoot!...Good water, good tea, good dishes and I spoiled everything by one simple mistake".

Then I started drinking this imperfect brew and, surprisingly, was relieved. My cup of tea was wonderful! I think, the pleasure of drinking tea is like the side of the scale on which each puts his own weights, one might say, his expectations. On the other side is good tea and water, the ability to steep it to perfection, good friends are gathered around the table, aromatic brew, tidy and suitable utensils - all this falls on the side of pleasure.

Keep in mind, the scale is a delicate instrument, if there is not enough weights, the pleasure to drink tea will be superficial and boring. On another hand, if all of the weights are on one side of the scale, it will be overwhelmed and the pleasure will become overloaded with fun, but void of delightfulness. Tea drinking is subtle and a pleasant experience which will be replaced with the mechanical compliance of all provisions of the rules.

Tea is more than a drink, tea has a spirit. It's an easy way to find new friends and a good excuse to see the old ones. Tea can help anyone to talk about themselves and get to know others better. Tea brings peace and tranquility to our souls. The remarkable properties of this blessed beverage appear only in conjunction with the wishes of people gathered at the tea table, sharing and enjoying a cup of tea. Then, the real pleasure from drinking tea will be obtained.

So, do not be afraid of perfection. Strive for it, learn all the rules, breathe properly, appropriately set your mind, recalculate all the loose tea leaves, carefully watch the temperature of the water, picks up the teapot, cups and the company ... And then, slyly smiling, do something unexpected, from what your cup of tea at once cease to be perfect, but it will be special and unique tea in its incredible mixture of strict rules and light improvisations ...

Are you ready to take this improvised journey with specialty tea to the bottom of the cup?


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Tea Etiquette, from the present time to yesteryears

by Elena Popec 26. August 2010 14:07

The most appropriate time to drink tea in today’s society is:

-For breakfast.
-On the go.
-At lunch.
-At Brunch (informal Sunday afternoon reception).
-At the end of dinner.
-After dinner.
-At tea receptions.
-At tea party
-At the hotel
-When hosting guests from tea drinking countries.
-At the banquet.
-During a business conversation or negotiation.
-At the buffet table.
-At the business, festive and informal receptions.
-When have unexpected guests.
-As a corporate beverage
-In carrying out tee-breaks and coffee breaks.
-In small teashops.
-At the picnic.
-In any kind of catering establishments.
-As a "supplement" to the brandy.
-On baby shower or bride shower.
-In the case of hangouts.

Let see how it was according to Hsu Tzu Shu who lived in the XV century.

Times for Tea
By Hsu Tzu Shu 

-In idle passing
-When poetry fails to inspire
-Thoughts confused
-In time to a song
-When the music is finished
-A life in seclusion
-Enjoying the scholarly life
-Conversing late at night
-Studying on a sunny day
-In the bridal chamber
-In honor of favored guests
-As host to scholars or pretty girls
-Friends return from far away
-In perfect weather
-When skies are overcast
-Watching boats sail by on the canal
-Amidst trees and bamboo groves
-When the flowers blossom and the birds sing
-On hot days by the side of a lotus pond
-Burning incense in the courtyard
-After tipsy guests have retired
-When the children are out
-On visits to remote temples
-Near a spring or scenic landscape

Noticed how things have changed? When and how do you find time to drink tea?

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