Culture Street

Books

Tea in Literature

On June 15, 2016

teaphoto

A cup of tea is quintessentially English. The British Standards Institute take their tea very seriously. They wrote a 5,000 word essay on how to make a proper cup of tea and won an award for it. This is the abridged version:

Use 2g of tea - plus or minus 2% - for every 100ml of water. ?Tea flavour and appearance will be affected by the hardness of the water used. ?Fill the pot to within 4-6mm of the brim with freshly boiling water. ?After the lid has been placed on top, leave the pot to brew for precisely six minutes. ?Add milk at a ratio of 1.75ml of milk for every 100ml of tea. ?Lift the pot with the lid in place, then "pour tea through the infused leaves into the cup". ?Pour in tea on top of milk to prevent scalding the milk. If you pour your milk in last, the best results are with a liquor temperature of 65-80C.

This report won the Ig Nobel Literary Award - an American spoof on the prizes for scientific and artistic excellence. The prize is given out for something which should never be reproduced.

Nevertheless, tea remains a centrepiece in many people’s lives. Tea makes us sit, stop and relax in a brief pause during our busy days. For years we have associated drinking a cup of tea with healing moments in our lives. When a friend has had bad news, we instinctively put the kettle on to make a cup of tea. It’s what we do. Tea and a biscuit, the perfect antidote to life.

Tea drinking has become of such great importance that even Lonely Planet now lists the 10 top places to drink a cup of tea in its 1000 Ultimate Experiences Guide. The number one place to drink tea is at The Ritz in London.

It is no wonder that the benefits of drinking a cup of tea are referred to constantly in literature.Here are a few of our favourites.

You Might Also Like

Books

Bill Bryson to Tour Australia

Bill Bryson, popular writer of narrative non-fiction, will travel to Australia to appear in a live show entitled Bill Bryson – Many a True Word, an Illuminating Interview.

On November 6, 2013

Books

Dame Helen Mirren to read Audiobook

Dame Halen Mirren is to narrate Beatrix Potter’s rediscovered story The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots.

On May 30, 2016

Books

Watch Amy Schumer tell you about The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

In typical Amy Schumer style she has announced her upcoming book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo can now be pre-ordered. The book is a reflection of her life...

On July 6, 2016
 

Books

Top Twelve Must-Reads of March

Twelve books you really should be reading this March.

On March 2, 2015

Books

The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

Hachette Australia, along with the Richell family, has established The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in partnership with The Guardian Australia and The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF), in memory of...

On May 27, 2015

Books

Wonder by R.J.Palacio is a remarkable debut novel. Every school library should have a copy of this book.

Born with a terrible facial deformity ten-year-old August (Auggie) Pullman just wants to be ordinary. His parents have home schooled him to protect him from the cruelty of the outside...

On May 7, 2012
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2020 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au