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