Tea Ceremony Around the World

Talking about habit, drinking tea is one of my habits. I usually drink tea in the morning and in the evening. Because of the benefit by drinking tea, so I continue this healthy habit until now. Beside that I also drink coffee but occasionally. I think we all know the benefit by drinking tea. Actually I've wrote the hub about tea, with the title "Healthy With Tea". Generally we get the benefits such as:

  • Antioxidants in tea may protect the body from the effects of pollution and premature aging.
  • Reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Tea makes blood circulation smoothly. The research in Netherlands show that the people who drank 2-3 cups of black tea per day have less risk of heart attack than those not ever drink tea.
  • Strengthens bones. Actually not only the milk calcium which can give us strong bones.
  • Teeth whitening. Tea contains fluoride to remove tartar. Great if after brushing your teeth, you rinse with the tea without sugar.
  • Prevent Infections. The content of tea can strengthen the immune system.
  • Help to healing cancer. Antioxidants called polyphenols contained in tea can fight cancer.
  • Free of calories. Without additional sweetener, sugar or milk, tea remains calorie free.
  • Tea is also good for those who want diet or maintain the weight. Try to consume approximately four cups of green tea per day. It can burn more than 80 calories in the body.

Wow....after we know all the benefit by drinking tea, Why we don't get accustom to drink tea as a daily habit?


The history of tea around the world

This time I want talk about tea ceremony. I think for some country drinking tea was kind of tradition. We can saw this ceremony in several countries and it maintained well until now. This was kind of ritual for the country like Japan, China, Korea. And before it had done, we have to follow several steps before the main ceremony. But I also enclose another country which have drinking tea tradition. 

The legend about who first discovered tea in each region was highly diverse. Some say the person who discovered the tea was Shen Nun Emperor. as the first person who enjoy the tea in this world at 2737 BC. The story was begun from a single leaf tea blown by the wind and landed right in the mug containing hot water belongs to the emperor. And then the color of the water suddenly changed. This incident was attracted the attention of the Emperor. Interested in scent, without a doubt the Emperor drank this drink directly. Immediately he fell in love with a foreign drink that gives pleasure and freshness.

Another story said that the legendary among Buddhists. When tea leaves fell into the Buddha's water and immediately he drank it. Legend of the Tang Dynasty as the followers Zen said that Bodhidharma was the founder of tea tree.

Hui Tsung Emperor (1101 - 1125) was obsessed with tea until he wrote the art of tea drinking. And how to made various drink based on tea as main ingredient


Japanese Tea Ceremony

I think we all know that Japan still hold this tradition. We can found this tradition when we traveling in Japan. I don't know with the Japanese restaurant. Is this ceremony still existed in Japanese restaurant? I heard that Japanese tea ceremony is a way to attract tourist in Japan. Beside the main ritual for Japanese people, who still hold this cultural traditions.

Tea was known in Japan around the 12th century, approximately 400 years ago. Early on, this tradition is carried out by the nobility or the samurai in Japan for the guests and still continues until now. Tea ceremony was introduced Sen no Rikkyu in the 16th century. The tea ceremony can be done about an hour or be the full formal mode and last around four hours. They called this tradition Chado or Sado, a traditional Japanese ritual in presenting the tea to guests.

Generally, Japanese tea ceremony using matcha tea powder which made from a "green tea" finely milled. This ceremony also called matchadō. But when they use sencha green tea, it called senchadō. Tea ceremony which held outside the room called nodate.

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Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese people pay close attention to taste and the aroma of tea. They are also happy to compare one type of tea with other teas. In China, the serving of tea was not accompanied with a dish of food. In Chinese tea tradition, there are two containers were used, a glass and a bowl. The glass works to breathe the smell of tea, while the bowl as a place to drink tea. The process wasn't simple. Put the tea leaves to cover the basic circle of red clay pots which met over a larger bowl, then pour boiling water until overflowing. The water will overflow was accommodated in a large bowl. Then the pot was closed for about two minutes. After boiling, the tea was poured into the glass and guests sipped tea aroma from the glass as a sign of respect to the host.

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English tea ceremony

I heard that British people prefer coffee than tea. Based the history, the good news comes until 1767, when the level of British society for tea consumption increased £ 2, and increased up to 5 times until next 10 years. Tea was introduced in England around 1652. The price was very expensive because it was considered as a noble beverage. One of the nobles who enjoyed tea is Prince Charles II and his wife, Catherine de Braganza. From the England nobles, the tea was known to some countries. The lifestyle of the nobles was emulated by the England family.

There are two types of tea ceremony: light tea served in the afternoon during the meeting with families and it also served with snacks. The second tea was strong tea served in the morning in a breakfast event with jam bread, sandwiches or other food

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Russian tea ceremony

Tea was introduced in Russia since the 17th century. The Russian people drank tea while standing, follow the western tradition. They use a samovar kettle, this kettle like the Mongols kettle. Water boiled in the kettle with charcoal stove. While awaiting the boiling water, teapot was heated. Then put the tea leaves into the zavarka. after boiling poured the boiling water in the zavarka until the tea leaves submerged. And then the tea was poured in silver cups. To enjoy it, put one tablespoon of jam or white sugar and lemon drops. Tea is usually served with sweet cake.


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Korean tea ceremony

Korea is a country which is very close to the Japan. Korea almost has the same geographic conditions, like weather. There are some rules to drink tea for Korean people. When they sit the legs must be folded to the back. The host prepares the tea, and then shared to the guests. Guests are welcome to add the tea, if a small cup was empty. When they want to start drinking tea, all the guest and host should raised a small cup with the position both hands holding the cup. 

When they want to placed the cup on the table. they slowly placed their hands on  thighs. And the right hand put this cup. For certain people in Korea, they usually used the first tea leaves that appears or the youngest leaves. While the tea leaves which are now commonly used are green tea, yellow tea, ginseng tea. And most of those teas are available in the market. Tea leaves were then sliced and immediately brewed a few times as we wish. 

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Teh Tarik or Pulled Tea

When you traveling in Malaysia, I think you will find this drink. Teh tarik is very famous drink in Malaysia. This tea was special, because you wouldn't find original taste of tea. But it was mixed between tea and milk. Then this tea was pulled to make foam. We can find Teh tarik in every where around Malaysia. With the affordable price around 1 RM. Teh tarik also became tourist attraction, because we can see the seller practicing on how to make this tea in front of the buyer, you can see it in the video below. Good to accompanied with Canai bread. These are as the breakfast for Malaysian people. But also good if we drank it in the evening.

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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

My you have done a great job with this hub and explaining to us about the tea ceremony. I love ice tea and occassionally drink hot tea in the morning. I kown that green tea is suppose to be good for one. I will read your other hub and try for some more tea.

Thank you for sharing.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

prasetio - this hub represents a remarkable piece of research on your part. Outstanding!

The graphics are beautiful and tell a story by themselves. I must admit I'm not a tea lover, but thanks to your hub, I know a lot more about tea and tea ceremonies than I did before. Thank you.


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Dame Scribe 6 years ago from Canada

Tea should be a standard offering to a guest for everybody around the world. Can you imagine such a prospect. Great information! :)


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

This is a most interesting hub and thank you for all the reasearch and information. You always write such unusual and yet very interesting and informative hub.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I found the Teh Tarik Unussually interesting...great Hub Prasetio!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Great hub, Prasetio - wonderful pictures.


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Arun Pal Singh 6 years ago from India

Good to know about these ceremonies. Tea is first thing in the morning that I take and I drink it all the dy on quite frequent basis.

What a drink


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devsir 6 years ago from Earth

Great Hub - Interesting HUb - Nice Pics. I liked it


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lilian_sg 6 years ago from Singapore

Wow! This is really interesting. The one that I'm most familiar with is of course Teh Tarik. But I've heard so much about Japanese tea ceremonies. They look complex!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very artistic this one fellow is with the two pots. Thank you again Prasetio!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

I am proud to present this hub for you, lctodd1947. Ice tea was good to drunk when the hot day and hot tea also good to drunk in the morning or in the evening. Green tea still the best, beside other tea. Thank you very much for supporting this hub and I want to say, "Welcome to my other hub".

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

drbj, although you are not tea lover but I am glad you appreciate this hub and you liked this information. It's enough for me, but it better for you if you want to try this drink just for a cup of tea. I give big appreciation for you. Good to see you again, my friend. Peace :)


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I would love to try pulled tea one day. Great job!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, Dame Scribe for coming to this hub and give beautiful comment. I think this good news should shared to everyone in the world. So, they felt the benefit by consume this drink. Each countries have standard to serve tea to a guest. It could be simple or follow the ceremony. It also depend the situation. Have a nice drink!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome to this hub, Hello. You always accepted here. hank you so much for giving appreciation to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you. Have a great day!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, Mentalist acer for coming to this hub. I hope you can tasted Teh Tarik someday when you traveling to Malaysia....amen Peace:)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good night, akirchner. Thank you for the compliment on the pictures and you comments are appreciated. See you....


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

devsir, I hope you enjoy all information about tea ceremony around the world, include the picture also. Thank you very much, my friend.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I alway thought tea stains the teeth. I learned something new.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good to see you here, Arun Pal Singh. I am glad you have good habit by consume tea every day. I hope you always healthy....amen. Keep it up, my friend.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, lilian_sg. I hope this hub good useful to help your passion in tea ceremony. For me personally, Teh Tarik is amazing too.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good night, Micky. Thanks for coming to this hub. I am glad you liked this hub, my friend. I hope you try one of these tea ceremony someday!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Veronica, I wish your dream to tasted Teh Tarik will come true. This was amazing attraction. I believe you'll love this tea. Good to see you again.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thank you very much, Sandy. I hope we can learn much from this hub. And good to remind us about the benefit by drink tea. God bless you!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

prasetio, you've covered a topic and ritual I practice daily, I have a japanese tea set and love Matcha, My favorite teas are green and Oolong. I drink tea every day and have always enjoyed drinking tea as we celebrate tea in my culture as well. I adore this tea ceremony around the world hub. Thanks so much and now I must excuse myself to have a cup of tea... Thanks and Peace :)


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Charming and informative. These days in the Uk it is usually just a tea bag in a mug :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, katie. While read your comment, I also drink a cup of tea. I am glad to know that you are tea lovers like me. I hope you enjoy your drink. And I believe you have proofed by yourself that tea also healthy drink. Green tea and Oolong are great combination. You'll got double benefit by drink these teas. Thank you so much, Katie for coming to this hub and leaves beautiful comment. I really appreciate that. God bless you!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, ethel. I hope you enjoy your tea. And we can learn a little information inside this hub. I think you are in the right way. I wish you always healthy. Take care!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, prasetio, this is a very well documented hub, thank you, I didn't know about so many rituals with tea. Obviously I knew the japanese one, but not the others. In England we drink tea nearly all day! But in the morning we drink it with toast and jam, or cereal. The teh tarik is similar to capatchino, only that is with coffee! good info, thanks nell


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good to see you again, Nell. Thank you so much for giving a big appreciation for this hub. Wow.... I never thought before I will find many tea lovers in this hub. I really liked this news. I am glad you drink tea nearly all day. I got new information from you about "capatchino", I'll found much info about this drink. It made me curious. But anyway, good to know beautiful tradition from you. It must be great moment with your family. I hope you always keep this healthy tradition. and share with others.....amen.

Prasetio


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Very nicely done with great details on each culture and their tea ceremony. I'm very familiar with Teh tarik, also a favorite tea in Singapore. It is said that the foam makes the tea extra tasty. Rated it up.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

I will print this and pass it on to my mother........... she is the tea drinker........... me, I'm a coffee girl! Nice job!

Kaie


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good afternoon, anglnwu. Good to see you again. You give wonderful comment. And I am glad you are familiar with teh tarik. I remember that Singapore was near with Malaysia. I also found teh tarik video from Singapore. Thanks for rate this hub. Peace :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Kaie, it became my pride if you want to print this hub. I believe your mother will liked this information. Coffee girl, Do you want to taste a little of tea? hahaha...by the way, thanks for coming to this hub. I really appreciate your comment.

Prasetio


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

The Japanese have thankfully got the coup on this !


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome this huh, barryrutherford. Thanks for share your thought about this topic. Peace :)


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

I enjoyed reading your hub. I've never been a fan of tea, but my husband and kids love sweet tea.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

I am glad to see you again, Nancy. I hope your husband and your kids inspiring you much. I hope you want to taste the tea. This is good news from you. Have a nice day!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I really enjoyed reading this hub! The tea ceremonies seem to be one to be respected. I think I'll try the process of pouring and pouring as in Malaysia to get the foam on top of my tea (it will probably be with Lipton tea, LOL!) I really did not know the benefits of black tea, but it happens to be one that I like least because to me it seems too strong and I actually thought it was somehow bad for you (good to know that it's not!). I love green tea it's delicious and herbal teas. I enjoyed learning how tea was discovered (love the Emperor's legend of Shen Nun!) You did a great job on this hub, an enjoyable read and very educational. Voted up/rated!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good night, Support Med for share your beautiful thought here, it seems we have the same interest and enjoy a lot of fun here. Teh Tarik in Malaysia like entertaining in making tea. For black tea, this is a home work for me. I'll inform to you as soon as possible. I am glad you rate this up. I really appreciate about that. Thank you very much, my friend.

Warm regards and blessing,

Prasetio


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

beautiful prasetio it is both an art and cultural thing, tea, thanks for this one, Maita


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, Maita. I hope you also enjoy drink tea. This tradition must be preserved for the next generation of course. Thank you very much.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great pictures and hub, tea really is getting popular which should make it less expensive but that price seems to be rising. I have been trying it different ways about two years now.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Pollyannalana for share your thought about tea. I am glad you are a tea lovers too. I hope you felt the benefit by drinking tea. See you again.


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Shealy Healy 6 years ago from USA

Love tea, your photos and your hub too. Thank you for being a fan.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Shealy Healy for coming to this hub. I hope you enjoy all information here. I am glad to be your friend too. Good to see you here. I really appreciate that.

Prasetio


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This hub is excellent! I enjoyed it very much. I drink herbal tea every day, about 7-8 cups. Your hub is most informative and well written. The photos are magnificent.

I will go make me a cup of tea right now. Thank you dear friend.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, vocalvoach. I am glad this hub useful for you . And the most important thing is you have healthy attitude by drinking herbal tea every day. You have to keep it up. Everything come from our self. If we want doing the best for our body related in protecting from disease, you have great choice. Thanks for your compliment to this hub. Your comment really appreciated.

Warm regard and blessing,

Prasetio


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otsukare 4 years ago

Hi. Thank you for this article. I have a couple of comments on the Japanese tea ceremony, I hope you will find them interesting.

-- I don't know with the Japanese restaurant. Is this ceremony still existed in Japanese restaurant?

Some restaurants provide the venue and the cooking for full-course tea ceremonies, but I think normally people do simple versions (just usucha, or koicha and usucha but not full chaji) at their homes, participate in events, enjoy tea during tea ceremony lessons, etc.

-- Tea ceremony was introduced Nio Mon Rikyu

Do you mean Sen no Rikkyu? If that's the case, he didn't introduce tea ceremony, he greatly influenced and perfected the style. Tea ceremony was done before Rikkyu.

-- Japanese tea ceremony was lasted about four hours. Can you wait this drink ceremony? Although only drink a tea.

Ah, no, that's a misconception. A simple tea ceremony for just usucha would last maybe 5~15 minutes (although the host would spend much more time due to preparation, etc). The four hour version is a chaji, and includes usucha, a full kaiseki meal, koicha and usucha again, with a number of other things like watching the host place the charcoal in the brazier, purifying you mouth and hands, etc.

Time goes by, and you don't really feel like it's been 4 hours.

By the way, "standard" matcha is called usucha in tea ceremony, which means "light tea". Koicha is a more concentrated version, that looks more like a thick soup or even cream.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, otsukare. I am so happy to see you here. Thanks for the correction and I had fix them. I think you have wide knowledge about Japanese tea ceremony. I collect this information from many source and you are true about "Sen no Rikkyu", I am totally wrong. Japanese tea ceremony was held in restaurant for special occasion. It's like special request and maybe this can only be done in Japan.

My friend, I learn many things from you and thank you very much for remind me for sure. Have a nice day!

Prasetio


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

It was interesting reading about all the various tea ceremonies enjoyed all around the world. Drinking the different teas certainly have various health benefits. I like teas, and like you, also drink coffee. Thanks for writing this interesting hub. Voting it that and more!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Peggy. I think we have the same passion with tea as one of the best healthiest drink. I'm glad you found it useful. Thanks for the vote and rating the hub. ~prasetio

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