In most western-style homes, the modern tea ritual begins as the whistling of the tea kettle calls to order our morning, afternoon, or evening. While throughout the world the tea-making process can vary in complexity and cultural significance, at Formaggio Kitchen we contend that a cup of tea is rarely brewed without a sigh of relief and at least a glimmer of reflection.

This idea is a cornerstone of the ancient Japanese and Chinese tea ceremonies; these extensive rituals allow an escape from the coarse physical world into the spiritual world of tea where every cup is different because every moment is different. Similarly, all are equal in tea because all human encounters are unique and thus special.

But there is certainly no need to worry for those who prefer to take their tea with a dash of absent-mindedness! Regardless of any ceremony, tea is an exciting product that everyone can enjoy for its variety and newly-discovered health benefits. In appreciating today’s tea it is also important to recognize the extent to which tea, and in particular the tea trade, played a fundamental role in shaping our world’s history and cultures.

A Short History of Tea

The history of tea is a mixture of myth and history.

Health and Tea

Studies show many reasons to enjoy tea for your health.

Tea Preparation

If you enjoy a good cup of tea, take the time to do it right.

Types of Tea

There are many different types of tea. Here are the most common varieties.

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