A cup of Tea from England to Tuscany

A cup of  Tea from England to Tuscany: “A cup of tea is a cup of peace”…”You can’t buy happiness but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing”

TEA
TEA

From my English life I brought with me many happy memories linked to the very British drink, together with a good amount of cups and tea pots (woolly tea cozy included).

In England, tea is part of everyday life: it is the afternoon tea ritual but also the piping hot comforting tea cup sipped when in need of reassurance, during hard times. It’s the comforting mug  prepared half-way through a challenging day or the restoring hot drink at the end of hard work. It is the “magic potion” that reassures, soothes and unites people wherever they are.

pop the kettle on
pop the kettle on

Let’s put the kettle on and get cozy!

Tea and its variations, in the form of fruit or herbal teas. Tea and its thousand leaves…

Entering a “proper” Tea Shop is a “sensory experience”: walls full of jars with endless types of tea leaves to smell and try;  Boxes, cases, tins, each one with a special blend with evocative names; sachets or loose leaves …tea should be counted as comfort food.

Here it is, the adjective that best defines the drink to me is “comforting”.

In England I left my tea-passion behind, among the small tables of unusual tea rooms lost in the fog of the English countryside

as well as in the elegant Victorian style tea rooms of cities, with their fine bone china tea sets and their delicate floral designs.

tea cozy
tea cozy

So Great Britain is to me indissolubly linked to tea and its colourful tea pottery and tea cozy (that I always imagine made by some sweet old lady knitting by the fire)

But what happened once back in Tuscany? How did I handle my tea-love?  I simply started an accurate and careful research of the best blends available, the top tea rooms and the best supplied tea shops of the region. And…I’ve found that it is still possible to enjoy a lovely cup of tea even so far away from the “island”.

mad hatters tea shop
mad hatters tea shop

Just memorize a “basic rule”: never attempt ordering a cup of tea in an ordinary Italian bar. While coffee is an Italian-thing and you will always have a fantastic espresso wherever you are, ordering a tea can be quite a disappointing experience equivalent to a cup of hot water by the undefined colour accompanied by a  look of commiseration meaning “ you poor thing…are you feeling sick?”

But the wind is changing on the continent too and tea rooms and shops are flourishing in our cities next to elegant and original Erboristerie (herbal shops) offering a wide choice of tea blends from all over the world.

Oro Nero Firenze
Oro Nero Firenze

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