Who knew there were so many types of tea time? Certainly not me! Looking at these British definitions puts tea in a whole new light. In America, we are thirsty, we drink. No occasion, just a mug sitting on my desk, of coffee or tea, and there it stays with me slurping away while working and getting refills as needed. In my working years, I was so often drawn away to attend to other matters that my hot beverages were always stone cold by the time I returned. I learned to drink tea, coffee, and even “hot” chocolate when they were cold. It seemed too much time and trouble to wander down the hallway to the office microwave to reheat all the time. But look at this wonderful list of all the types of teas:
- Cream Tea-This is what I think of when I think of tea. Tea and scones with toppings.
- Elevensies-Morning coffee hour. Hmmm, I have this all morning long.
- Afternoon Tea-Served with little sandwiches, scones, and sweets.
- Low Tea-As above, using low chairs. So mine would be office chair tea?
- Royale Tea-Tea with Champaign or sherry. This sounds suspiciously like happy hour.
- Celebration Tea-Afternoon Tea with cake. Cake does make everything better!
- High Tea-Served in the late afternoon or early evening with a cooked dish. Sounds like supper to me.
I think the British got it right. These various tea types all sound like fun, making every day into a special occasion. Which sounds like more fun? “Would you like to join me for a slice of cake and a mug of coffee?” Or, “Would you care to attend Celebration Tea with me?” I vote for Celebration Tea. That’s why children don’t have coffee pot parties, they have tea parties. I suggest the next tea you offer a guest a cuppa, you ask them if they would like to attend Cream Tea. Let’s make our worlds a little more fun!