“Memo of a Tea Epicure” (To Celebrate National Tea Day – 21st April 2021)
Tea is a part of everyday life for people around the world and has been consumed for thousands of years. The first records of people drinking tea date back to the 3rd Century AD in China. It is a beverage made from the Camellia Sinensis plant and is the world’s most-consumed drink after water!
In the UK we drink over 100 million cups of tea a day, totalling nearly 36 billion cups a year! Most of our tea comes from the plantations in India & Sri Lanka, where it is a big source of income for their economy. It is a key job market for some of the world’s poorest countries, particularly in the most remote areas. It plays a key role in reducing poverty & food scarcity in less developed countries. My country of birth, Indonesia, is the 7th biggest producer of tea in the world, but they mostly produce Black Tea.
Aside from Black Tea, there are over 20,000 different types of teas in the World. These are usually fruit teas & are not what might be considered traditional teas. Well, I never knew that. I learned in Britain that there are almost 1,500 different types of teas around the country. Most people believe that Tea is good for your health, it does not matter what types of tea; black, green, white, red or herbal.
Our family love drinking Tea as well, but different members of our family have their own favourite teas. Out of curiosity, I looked into the cupboard where we keep our teas and coffees and I found that we have so many varieties of teas. I could not believe it, my husband loves green tea; Ginger & Lime Tea; and Spiced Tumeric Tea; my favourite teas are Indonesian Black Tea, English Breakfast Tea (only leaf tea), and my younger son loves varieties of teas such as White Tea – Elderflower & Pear, Lemon & Ginger, Peppermint, Jasmine Pearls & Green Tea.
I drink various kinds of tea at different times. I have breakfast tea with two sugars in the late morning, Jasmine or Earl Grey tea in the afternoon and Camomile tea at night before I go to sleep, depending on my mood on that day. If I feel a bit cold I will have Lemon and Ginger Tea.
Returning To Our Cafe
I am sure that you have your own favourite teas. The sort that keeps you going during the day or when you feel a little bit under the weather, but you can also go to Clara’s Cafe, where someone will serve you a nice cup of tea with a beautiful environment to enjoy it with. We have a variety of leaf teas you can choose from, such as Peppermint tea, English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey tea, Camomile tea, Red Berry tea, Green tea and Decaffeinated English Breakfast tea as well.
Accompanied with your tea, you can also choose a slice of one of our homemade cakes baked by the Clara’s Cafe team. You can bring your friends to book an Afternoon Tea and enjoy the surroundings of Weston Museum. Alternatively, you can have a light lunch such as sandwiches or toasted sandwiches or Paninis to treat your friends and family.
We hope to see you at Clara’s Café in Weston Museum soon (when the restrictions from the government ease) and try our best tea, cakes and lunch options. If you would like to share a story with us about your experiences with your favourite Tea or Coffee, please do get in contact with me by emailing Triliria.Newbury@wsm-tc.gov.uk