Drinking tea was a popular tradition during the Victorian Era in England – which is probably why it has found its place in today’s Steampunk genre. Tea has quite an interesting history and people all over the world enjoy this beverage. I did some research on how to actually drink tea (not “take” tea) and found many interesting links about Tea Etiquette.
In Germany, the above-mentioned East Frisian Tea, a strong black tea to which Kluntjes (rock candy) and cream are added, is really popular. Although I live in Northern Germany, I’m not from Frisia (although it’s not far from here) and don’t follow the traditions of this Tea Culture exactly. That’s why I added milk and sugar and even dared to stir my tea… Usually this kind of tea is drunk unstirred so the three different tiers of cream, tea, and finally Kluntjes don’t mix.
How do you drink your tea? Do you follow any tea tradition or stick to tea etiquette? Do you consider the ritual of drinking tea to have a part in Steampunk?
Interesting links you might enjoy:
- The History Of Tea (via The Victorian Teashop)
- History Of High Tea (via What’s Cooking America)
- Tea Time Etiquette (via Old Fashioned Living)
- Tea Etiquette (via Tea Laden)
- Tea-Drinking Through The Centuries (via From Darcy To Dracula)
- Victorian Era Tea (via Victorian Era)
- Tea Culture (via Wikipedia)
- East Frisia (via Wikipedia)
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