Here is a nifty little tool for all you tea bag people out there! It’s called the Teatop. A simple yet effective invention made in the heart of Europe.
A Teatop is a piece of thin rigid plastic holding the string of your tea bag in place over the cup during brewing, and ensures flawless removal of the tea bag as soon as it has finished brewing.
The Teatops are available in several colors and design to give a little personality to your Tea-Times!
Legend says that over ten centuries ago, upon seeing his master pick tea leaves, a monkey climbed up and collected the leaves and brought them down for his master.
Whether it be legend or simply a cheaper form of labor, the story has turned into a rare product that you can purchase and enjoy.
Monkey Picked Tea is a rare tea that is carefully picked by specially trained monkeys in a remote mountain region of China.
It is claimed that none of the monkeys are mistreated or harmed in this process. They say that the monkeys are treated as respected members of their family.
Before you sip maté and genmai cha with the locals, make sure you know the intricate rules of the game.
By Nikki Goldstein
While it is not offensive to add milk and sugar to your tea, you should taste it in its purest form before doing so.
After stirring, place your spoon on the saucer behind the cup, its handle pointing the same way as the cup’s.
Don’t use the straw (called a bombilla) to stir maté – the leaves floating on top should stay dry.
When drinking tea with a shopkeeper, don’t talk prices – or business of any kind – until the glasses are emptied.
Express thanks to your server by tapping your index and middle fingers lightly on the table twice.
It’s considered polite to decline an offer of tea, at first. Accept only after letting your host insist.