How did you celebrate Iced Tea Day?
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How did you celebrate Iced Tea Day?
In this post, I have listed some tea inspired ways of celebrating the Independence Day.
Elmwood Inn offers the Boston Tea Museum Commemorative Set (as noted by Barbara Gulley in the Examiner article Celebrate July 4th with limited edition Boston Tea Party tea gift set)
Elmwood Inn offers the Boston Tea Museum Commemorative Set…
Here is an excerpt from Matt Woolbright‘s article, Boston Tea Party Museum and Old South Meeting House unveil rare tea chest artifact:
The chest, one of two remaining, was passed through a family after colonists retrieved it from the harbor the morning after the “party,” said Robin DeBlosi, director for marketing at the Old South Meeting House.
“Most artifacts from this treasonous event were buried in the mud so people wouldn’t keep them,” DeBlosi said, “which is what makes this so rare.”
The event is open to the public and many Boston officials are expected to attend. There will be a performance by a fife and drum corps and the chest will be marched from the Old South Meeting House to the museum’s replica Tea Party ship on the harbor. The museum, however, will not open to the public until June 26.
(The Boston Globe, June 13, 2012.)
Do you enjoy watching cricket? Isn’t the best thing with cricket, the tea break? From the post, Sachin smells tea and wakes up, but high doesn’t last the day:
Before tea, Tendulkar had looked edgy and uncomfortable. … Something in Tendulkar’s tea seemed to remove all the uncertainty from his game.
(http://cricket.expressindia.com/, December 28, 2011.)
In the news:
From The Times of India:
Tea got a new ambassador, when former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam said that the brew can be the official drink of India on Tuesday.
Even as the chief minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi declared tea as the State Drink, Kalam said that on the basis of the size of its consumers tea can be declared the national drink of India. Kalam was inaugurating the three-day World Tea Science Congress at Tocklai Experimental Station (TES), Jorhat, Assam.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/, November 23, 2011.)
Will you attend the event on March 25-27, 2012, called Tea & Coffe World Cup in Vienna, Austria? As a former purchaser who is interested in supply chain management, I like the following description of the trade show:
In short, Tea & Coffee World Cup includes the entirety of the supply chain from bean or leaf to cup. Tea & Coffee Trade Journal will ensure that roasters, tea packers, retail outlets, and others connected to the coffee and tea industries will be in Vienna for the show.
Tea got a new ambassador, when former President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam said that the brew can be the official dr…
an exceptional blend of the finest black teas from Sri Lanka and Darjeeling. When brewed, this “tea with a history” has a sweet aroma and a brisk flavor that is sure to please. (marktwendell.com/BostonHarbour.htm)
We will serve the tea at our Boston TeaParty.nu celebration event December 16.
Today, I have ordered Boston Harbour Tea from Mark T. Wendell.
In the news:
Tea from Kenya and Burundi fetched the highest prices at the weekly Mombasa tea auction over the last 12 months.
New data showed that of all the 12 countries participating at the auction, Kenyan and Burundian tea remained most popular in the year-to-date, recording premium prices compared to the rest.
The average auction price of Kenyan tea stood at $3.01 per kilogramme at this month’s sale compared to $2.74 last October, marking a variance of $0.27 a kilo.
(BusinessDailyAfrica.com, November 2, 2011.)
Kenyan, Burundi tea fetch highest prices at auction:
Tea from Kenya and Burundi fetched the highest prices at the weekly Momba…
I searched in the news section on Google and found the following question on Fox News: Coffee vs. Tea: Which Is Healthier?
Watch the latest video…
By focusing on the ritual of preparing and drinking your cup of tea, you learn to pay attention to the important details present now, instead of worrying about the future or thinking about the past. It’s right now you have the ability to make a change in life that might have important effects on your future life.
Take care of the opportunity!
Or as Jesse says:
For me, drinking tea is a reminder. The ritual preparing, serving, and drinking tea reminds me to slow down, to let my senses take over, and to let this moment flood the Now. The clatter of tea ware. The warmth of the cup. Hot steam swirling in the early morning sunlight from a cup of brilliant green sencha.
This ritual is a reminder I try to carry with me throughout the day. This is it. This one cup. This one moment. This one life.
A person sipping tea in the usual way may be aware of holding the cup, smelling the aroma before the first sip, and the taste of the first sip. The experience of drinking the rest of the tea may blend into one single experience that has to do with noticing the decreasing amount of tea in the cup.
Taking a sip from a cup of tea with mindfulness, however, is quite different. It begins with noticing the cup of tea in front of you. What is the shape of the cup? Is it tall or short, wide or narrow, thick-walled or thin-walled? Does it have a handle? What is the color of the cup? What is the color of the tea in the cup? What do those colors look like next to each other? Do you see steam rising from the cup?
As you touch the cup, you have a different experience of it. What texture is the surface of the cup? If it has a handle, is the handle warm or cool? Is that different from the temperature of the body of the cup? What is your reaction to touching the cup—do you like the feeling in your fingers, dislike it, or feel indifferent to it? Notice your feeling, and accept it, and continue to pay attention to each moment of experience.
As you lift the cup, notice the sense of fullness or heaviness. Also notice that as you slowly bring the cup toward your face, the scent of the tea becomes quite noticeable. What is that scent like? Is it sweet, pungent, or spicy? Do you notice a dominant scent and other weaker scents? Does the scent evoke an emotional reaction? And does the color of the tea look different as you bring it closer?
As you touch your lips to the edge of the cup, you will feel a temperature and a texture. What are these feelings? Can you feel steam rising from the tea on your face? If you inhale air through your mouth over the surface of the tea, without tipping the cup far enough to receive tea in your mouth yet, you will notice a faint taste of the tea. What is this flavor? Is it exactly like the scent, or a little different? And as you look into the cup up close now, what do you see? Do you notice small currents in the liquid? Are there fragments of tea leaves on the bottom of the cup?
With the first sip, notice the small movement of your wrist that allows the tea to flow into your mouth. Notice the slight shift in the weight of the cup. Notice the temperature of the tea as it enters your mouth and your perception of the flavor as the tea moves from the front of your mouth to the back.
Now, slowly lower the cup to the table. Notice the movement of your hand and arm. Notice the decrease in scent as the cup moves away from your face. Notice the shifting of the weight of the cup to the table as you set it down. Also, notice the aftertaste of the tea in your mouth. Is it the same as or different from the flavor that you noticed when you had tea in your mouth? Do you like the aftertaste or not? Whatever your sensations and reactions are, simply notice them, and accept them.
At this point, you may have spent about five to ten minutes taking your first sip of tea. Many people find that the satisfaction of a sip of tea is greatly increased by such an activity, but others may have a more negative feeling about this practice. Whatever your feeling is, simply notice it and accept it. You may choose to continue to drink the cup of tea slowly and mindfully, or you may simply go back to your usual way of drinking tea.
(NFB – Mindfulness in Everyday Activity by Ann S. Williams, PhD, RN, CDE)
Found a great post titled One Cup at a Time and written by Samovarlife’s founder Jesse Jacobs.