Meeting for Tea Time

Recently a friend extended an invitation to me to join her for teatime. At first, I was apprehensive of accepting the invitation since I was ignorant about tea etiquette. You see, drinking tea is not complicated; the difficult part it is how one conducts themselves. I began searching the Internet for information on the subject. One article entitled, “Good Tea Etiquette,” struck my fancy for its information and conversational writing style.

The article provided information pertaining to holding a teacup, stirring tea, and tea additives. For example, I found out there are two different ways to hold a teacup. A point of reference from this article was that raising the pinky finger has a purpose. I always thought it was to make a statement of sorts. The purpose of raising of one’s pinky finger is to maintain balance and prevent spills.

Another interesting point of reference from this article is there is a proper flavor enhancer for tea. Surprisingly it is milk. Milk is preferred for tea, because cream is too heavy and camouflages the flavor. This is definitely good to know since I typically add cream and sugar to my coffee.

I can tell all of you this article helped prevent me from appearing foolish. My experience at teatime was both pleasant and enjoyable. If you are one of those people who enjoy teatime, but have minimal knowledge of the subject, I would suggest reading the article, entitled, “Good Tea Etiquette.” The next time someone extends an invitation to you to join him or her for teatime you can say, “That’s my cup of tea.” Yes, a bit of tea humor for you. Enjoy!

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A classic OLS/ETS blog entry originally published 12.2.2009