Spilling the Tea

by Marina M.

A few weeks ago we had a post about adult beverages and their connection to the nerd world of pub trivia, knowledge, and libraries (both hosting trivia nights and the books for knowledge and recipes). I would like to offer up another beverage synonymous with libraries and reading. Tea!

How often do you visualize a cozy afternoon spent reading and part of that picture includes a steaming cup of tea within reach? Often, right? It’s pretty iconic.

Steeped in Tradition

Tea has been around for centuries. Originating in China it gradually spread to other parts of Asia. Then traders and travelers brought it to other corners of the earth. Oddly enough, the most recent statistics show that Turkey has the highest tea consumption per capita. And it was only just made popular there in the late 1800s when a pamphlet touting its health benefits was widely distributed. Previously, coffee was their go-to hot beverage. And, in the world of growing tea, India recently pulled ahead in the race over China.

Just My Cup of Tea

I love my daily cup of tea. Obviously. I wouldn’t dedicate an entire post to tea if I didn’t.

My favorite tea is a chai latte. I used to get the spicy chai powdered mix from Trader Joe’s but then I found the best DIY chai latte option in Jet Tila‘s book, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die, and I’ve been making and stocking that concoction in my pantry ever since.

However, whenever I feel a cold or sore throat coming on I’ll break out one of my herbal tea options, usually citrus or fruit flavored, always generously sweetened with a local honey.

But what is tea without the accompanying treats? Just a beverage, right? As most traditional tea drinkers in England would support, a tasty mid-afternoon snack is the perfect accompaniment to your preferred cuppa. Find some sweet and savory tea-paired treats in several of the books in the below list.

Spilling the Tea

Do you enjoy tea? What are your favorite flavors? How about tea treats? Please share in the comments below.

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