The way people prepare and drink all of the different kinds of tea in the world is an amazing thing to see... I'd want to try them all! Have you had any of these?
This type of tea is Yerba mate, a type of tea grown in South America with a signature smoky flavor but also has a good dose of vitamins!
A classic black tea served in a classic teacup is the English way. Britain consumes some of the most tea in the world. Throw in a couple of biscuits for good measure and you’ve got yourself an afternoon tea.
There are tons of different Chinese teas since it is so incredibly popular ther, but here you can see a glass of yellow leaf pu-erh tea. You have to crumble the tea brick yourself before steeping, a method of tea making from ancient Chinese culture.
Tea is the nation drink of Egypt, coffee can’t even come close. This ornate teapot is a sample of the importance tea holds in Egyptian culture. It’s even considered a strategic crop by their government.
Hong Kong has tons of teas just like the rest of China, but a specialty is their milk tea. Instead of using regular milk, they use condensed milk, and usually serve it iced.
India has traditionally been one of the world’s largest producers of tea. One of the most common teas served is masala chai with milk, sugar, and spices. Pictured, however, is a white Darjeeling tea. They serve tea to visitors of almost any home or business in India.
Tea is a cultural staple of Japan as well, especially green tea. Pictured is a powdered green tea called Matcha, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
Kenya actually produces and exports a lot of tea, but they like to drink it themselves, too. While they export their black tea, they prefer to drink a nice chai.
They have very artistic teapots and glassware in Kuwait. They often will infuse black tea with cardamom and saffron for a spicier, more energetic tea.
Teh tarik is a frothed black tea with milk and sweeteners, the perfect creamy dessert tea.
Mauritania uses a variation of the african green tea with mint. They also have a fun ritual- have three glasses at a tea sitting, and get progressively sweeter as you go.
Mongolian tea is referred to as suutei tsai. It is cooked in a flat pan rather than brewed in a kettle or steeped. You can see the metal bowl that it is served in here.
Moroccans are partial to green tea with mint, and have it at almost every meal. Often served with sugar, as you can see in cubes on the right.
Pakistani tea is like a fusion of British and Indian culture. One of the most popular is masala chai, just like India, and is often served with biscuits when after noon.
A strong, milky black tea is most popular in Qatar. They add condensed milk and sweeteners, but then boil it a second time before serving.
Russians take their tea black. So black, in fact, that they brew various black teas separately and then combine them for a nice Russian tea.
In South Africa, a bright red Rooibos tea is the staple. It has a good enough flavor that it is often served without any additives.
Here is where the phenomenon that is bubble tea began. It is also referred to as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea. The tapioca pearls are what give it the thing we usually think of as ‘bubbles’.
Thai tea, known as “cha-yen” is their version of iced milk tea. They take a strongly brewed red tea and is then sweetened with sugar and condensed milk before serving chilled. You can see how the tea is poured and then the milk is added for a serving, rather than combining the two first.
This is a picture of Tibetan Po cha. It is a mixture of butter, milk, and salt added to tea and then churned. It’s like some form of tea-ice-cream without the sugar.
A Turkish Cay tea is it’s most popular drink. It is brewed strong and diluted to taste and served in small, clear glasses to be able to drink it hot and see it’s color. It takes sugar, but not milk.
Good ol’ USA. Give us a solid sweet tea, and we’re probably good. At least, that’s what’s super popular in the south.