Tea Connoisseurs Bring Their History and Arts

tea caddy tea bags

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.

~Author Unknown

If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.

~Gladstone, 1865

Tea-time is not really my culture. We do not have any specific time when to drink tea, but we consider tea is a friendly drink. Whenever you come to Indonesia at any time, any season; you will be welcomed with tea in a cup or even in a glass. When it’s hot outside, people are busy serving “EisTee” or iced tea for they themselves or the guests. When it’s cool outside, the wind blows lightly, people are savoring warm tea, perhaps even hot to help you warm your hands by holding the glass in your hands. Some like bitter teas, some do favor sweets. Whichever method of tea serving they choose, they’ll be content enough to be able to serve the guests with tea.

Tea Caddy

I am not addicted to tea of any kinds. But, I must say that I like loose leaf teas better than the bag ones. It DOES adds to the art of drinking tea in a porcelain cup or a glass or a mug (doesn’t matter). It is much easier to keep boxes of teabags in the counter, but when it comes to loose leaf teas you do need some special containers to keep them inside. You need the help of tea caddies.

I am not really sure when I started to like tea caddies. They have different motif on the surfaces, different sizes, and materials. Some really look Victorian style, classical, and modern in such attractive colors that I think they are appealing.If I were a painter, I would paint my own motif on the surfaces of tea caddies.

I guess the love to tea caddies was started when I was in Germany visiting TeeLaden -Tea shop when I saw some pretty tea caddies. Why not in Indonesia ? couldn’t you find tea caddies in Indonesia? Of course I do, but I don’t think there is a special house or shop sells only tea here. Is tea so common here that it doesn’t deserve special treatment? I will share about this tea treatment in a separate writing soon. But for the meantime, I’ve got to tell you that tea caddies are not common here in Indonesia. It means that most houses don’t have special tea caddies for loose leaf teas; just reusable cans of biscuits or jam.

Pretty art

Back to the TeeLaden in Germany, my beloved showed me the shop in which I have felt in love with, especially with the tea caddies or the mugs, the porcelains I saw there. I imagine serving tea in such an excited feeling because of the tea caddies or the mugs. I really have no clear explanation why those tea related are appealing to me.

  • Perhaps pretty art displayed by those caddies affects me psychologically.
  • Perhaps those pretty arts influences my mind to think something nice, only something nice. I guess pretty arts have helped me create my own fantasy world which is not all fantasy after all.
  • Perhaps I get the access of learning History in a fun way from the tea caddies. As you may notice, tea caddies display History even if it is only years and places.
  • I may not be a tea connoisseur (yet), but I guess I “need” to have those pretty tea caddies to boost my tea connoisseurship which may be hidden now. Tea is closely related to art! don’t you think?

Elephant drinks tea??

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15 responses to “Tea Connoisseurs Bring Their History and Arts

  1. I love tea! And I totaly agree with you that tea-bag tea can not be compared with “real” tea. However when you say that you do not like having tea on “any” specific time; I would rather have tea on EVERY speific time.

    Also it is a bit fun that you say that there are no special tea shops on Java. There are not many here either, but I do pass one on my way to work and it is named “Tehuset JAVA” (the teahouse JAVA), I should go there to ask them if Java means the Indonesia Island or if it refers to slang for coffee.

    • You love tea? Now I know more about you, hehe. Didn’t you have tea when you visited me? LOL
      I may not browse too often yet to find tea shops in Surabaya, so I may be wrong. Perhaps that Java means Java Indonesia, it would be nice if you updated the info:P let me know.
      I sometimes wonder that too,about whether Java there means the Indonesian island, and I do certainly hope it does mean that way.

  2. America has no tea time either, although I wish it did. I think it would be nice for the whole country to settle down for an hour for some tea and whatever else.

    • In Germany, around 4 PM, we had tea-time accompanied with cookies:-) It was an experience for me that all activities stopped because we had to do the tea-time and just enjoyed the time with loved ones.
      Something that I miss about Germany.

    • That sounds awesome! I’ve been on a cookies-and-milk-at-three-o’clock campaign but nobody seems to be too interested…ugh, work-obsessed americans! 🙂

    • hehe, perhaps they need more cookies?? or there should be law concerning break-time; break-time with cookies-and-milk-at-three-o’clock is a must

    • Hi Michele! I am glad you dropped by otherwise I wouldn’t have known your site.
      yep they are pleasing to look at! I so agree with you

  3. Lulu, this was a fascinating post! I’m quiet interested in the culture of tea and the tea time since tea has a very special place in my culture, going all the way back to the Ottoman Empire. Today, tea represents hospitality, kindness and friendship and wherever you go, you’ll be asked if you would like to drink tea here in Turkey 🙂
    We have special glasses for tea- and it’s quiet different from the traditional tea cups.
    We also have a tea time around 4 pm, but additional to that people usually drink tea after each meal. I myself am a teacoholic 🙂

    • Oh really? nice! so I won’t be surprised to be offered some tea when I come there:-). I have a friend from Turkey, and she told me about some kind of specific drink, hmm I forget the name. But that drink is typical Turkish, she said.
      WIll you show me the glasses? I can just browse, but how can I know for sure? I’d be thankful if you would like to share.
      I am so glad to be able to learn more about Turkish culture. You are teacoholic? I guess you are blogging with a Turkey glass of tea then. Thanks for sharing Lua!

  4. Tea is indeed close to art. There are ceremonies and rituals centered around tea which demonstrate just how artful a beverage it can be. Funny, I never thought such a thing until now. On with the tea – it’s something I’ve long been resistant to getting involved in so intensely even while my husband adores it. Many days I’m treated to the conversation of what flavors the tea he’s drinking boasts. Thanks for this post. I think it’s time I give it a go and shake up my seeming neanderthal coffee routine.

    • Hi Kimberly, thank you for sharing the insight!
      I wonder what kind of rituals those are. Tea has indeed quite many flavors, but since I am not into a level of teacoholic yet, so I am rather insensitive with the different flavors tea offers.:-)

  5. Lulu this is a fun post! I love how tea is represented in many beautiful forms. Those cute elephant tea tins are so cute.

    • Thank you Tes. I know some recipes which use tea as one of the ingredients. I have never tried them before, maybe someday. I am not sure whether you have ever posted something related to tea, I have to check, I might miss something there Tes.
      Yep! they are cute!:-)

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