The Western world, with its high paced environments, has abandoned the tea ceremony because of the time it takes to participate in one. For untold centuries the Chinese and Japanese cultures have had ceremonial tea rooms whereby the art of drinking tea became an absolute way of life.
After 5,000 years, tea consumption and production continues to increase. Worldwide, roughly three million tones of tea are harvested each year.
Two factors are currently driving the international market. In the developing countries, tea-drinking is being adopted for the same reasons that Europeans took to it three centuries earlier: it's a tasty way to enjoy safe drinking water. In the developed countries, the thirst for variety and new flavours is increasing the consumption of specialty teas.
From this point in the tea ceremony it is a matter of style on how best to arrange the room and the setting. There is a very exact way a tea room is built, but creating a warm and inviting atmosphere is equally acceptable, and for many cultures tea room do not even exist. Relaxing music is always welcome.
First one should prepare the boiling water, and with the tea teasers carefully place the tea into the teapot until it is about a third full. It's necessary to make sure the teapot and cups are now on the tea washing tray. Then it's time to pour the hot water into the teapot until it is overflowing and then place the lid on, and continue to pour the hot water over the teapot. This allows the entire teapot to be hot. To be safe from the high temperature of teapot, use tea holder. Pour the second brewed tea into the tea cups and pouring pitcher allowing the flavor of the tea to penetrate the tea cups and pouring pitcher. The third time, one should pour the boiling water into the teapot and cover. Place the tea strainer over the pouring pitcher and use tea holder. It's important to wait three minutes for the tea to brew and after it to pour hot water into the pouring pitcher to assure it is hot, and pour that into the teacups. When the tea is ready empty the tea cups and pouring pitcher of the hot water, and then pour the tea into the pouring pitcher through the tea strainer and then pour the tea into the cups making sure to never fill a cup at a time, but by passing the tea over each cup so they fill equally. Every of tea The strainer step can be omitted, but it assures the tea will be perfectly clean of any tea leaves and tea pieces.
It's convenient to use necessary teaware like tea straingers and tea holders or holders for tea boxes and tea accessories like tea towels to make ceremony unexceptional.
Tea is particularly hygroscopic and must be stored carefully; it easily absorbs and retains moisture and scents. Tea is better kept in airproof packages, porcelain, glass, tin or foil packages are good for this. It is said that tea may be wonderfully kept in an airproof package in a dark place within ten years. Better keep tea outside kitchen apart from other food. Scents of soap, perfume and tobacco may spoil tea. Use teaware to help yourself to handle with tea. Every thing of tea accessories is used for its special use. Tea holder helps not to damage any of the furniture surfaces with the hot teapot.
Tea is the world's most popular beverage. From the north of Russia to the tip of southern Africa...from the West Coast of America to the Far East...tea is enjoyed in endless different ways. Its versatility makes it the perfect drink, adaptable to every climate and culture. Once the tender leaves have been plucked, they can be made into Black tea (like red wine, fuller bodied and stronger flavours) Green tea (like white wine, lighter and more delicate flavours), or Oolong or red tea (which is like Rose).