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  • 1. “ A NICE CUPPA” The British Afternoon Tea Ritual Jelena Šakić British Cultural Studies The English Department The Faculty of Philology 10 May 2010
  • 2. . . . TEA. . .
    • . . .HISTORY
    • . . .TIME
    • . . .ETIQUETTE
    • SOCIAL RELEVANCE. . .
    • Tea Trivia
  • 3. NATION’S FAVOURITE BEVERAGE
    • China – Camellia sinensis
    • Japan – Buddhist monks - Tea ceremony
    • Britain -> British East India Company -> Catherine of Braganza 
    • 1st order -> 1664->100lbs (45kg) of China tea from Java
  • 4.
    • Men -> coffee houses-> middle-/ upper- class
    • Women -> at home
    • => too expensive for working class
    • Taxation (18 th century) = 1. smuggling
    • 2. adulteration
    • … sheep’s dung, copper carbonate…
  • 5.
    • "There are few hours in life
    • more agreeable than the hour
    • dedicated to the ceremony
    • known as afternoon tea."                                          Henry James
  • 6. TEA TIME
    • 1. Afternoon Tea (Low Tea)
    • 4 o’clock tea (3pm - 5pm)
    • Tea +
    • scones cakes
    • small sandwiches pastries
    • Anna, Duchess of Bedford (1840)
  • 7. Afternoon Tea
  • 8.
    • 2. High Tea
    • 6 o’clock tea (5pm – 7pm)
    • Working class supper (19 th cent) -> refuel the body
    • Tea +
    • hot meat cakes
    • cheese custards
    • egg fresh fruits
    • pot pies
    • salads
    • Little used in the UK
  • 9. High Tea
  • 10.
    • 3. Cream Tea
    • Devonshire Tea or Cornish Cream Tea
    • Tavistock Abbey – Monks
    • (no sandwiches/ cakes)
    • Tea +
    • freshly baked fruit scones butter
    • clotted cream strawberry jam
  • 11. Cream Tea
  • 12.
    • “ Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
    • as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves –
    • slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ”
    • Thich Nhat Hahn
  • 13. TEA ETIQUETTE
    • Pinkies Up!
    • Napkins
  • 14.
    • How to eat a scone
    • Stirring tea and spoon placement
  • 15.
    • Drinking tea and adding milk
    • vs.
  • 16. A VERY BRITISH TRADITION
    • TEA = 165 million cups daily (60.2 billion annually)
    • coffee = 70 million cups daily
    • Working class -> “industrial quantities of strong, brick-coloured, sweet, milky tea”.
    • Lower-middle/ middle-middle class -> “a paler, ‘posher’ version” of the working-class tea
    • (Twinings English Breakfast)
    • Upper-middle/ upper class -> “weak, dishwater-coloured, unsweetened Earl Grey”
  • 17. ONE LUMP OR TWO?
    • “ Taking sugar in your tea is regarded by many as an infallible lower-class indicator ”.
  • 18. Tea Trivia
    • Does one TAKE or DRINK tea?
    • -> One drinks tea ←
    • During the Victorian era, the term “to take tea” was used by the lower classes and considered a vulgar expression by the upper classes.
  • 19.
    • When drinking tea does one lift the teacup and saucer or just the teacup?
    • Table -> raise the teacup only -> back onto saucer in btw sips.
    • Buffet tea -> tea saucer in lap with left hand, hold tea cup in right hand.
    • When not in use -> place tea cup on tea saucer, hold in lap.
    • Never wave/ hold tea cup in the air.
  • 20.
    • Tea bags
    • Remove tea bag from cup.
    • Place on side saucer / slop bowl .
    • Do not use string to wrap around / squeeze tea bag.
  • 21. Where to tea…?
    • 1. Brown’s Hotel, London
    • Traditional Afternoon Tea - £37.00 (43 EUR)
    • Freshly Cut Sandwiches Assorted Pastries Freshly Baked Fruit And Plain Scones With Clotted Cream And Strawberry Preserve Choice Of Cakes From The Trolley Choice Of Teas
  • 22.
    • 2. The Dorchester Afternoon Tea, London
    • £34.50 per person (40 EUR)                             A selection of finger sandwiches:     
    •                 Cucumber with cream cheese on caraway seed bread                     Egg mayonnaise with shiso cress on white bread                     Chicken with wholegrain mustard mayonnaise on basil bread               Smoked salmon on granary bread                     ***                     Warm raisin and plain scones from our bakery, served with homemade strawberry jam, a seasonal jam and Devonshire clotted cream
    • ***                     A selection of French pastries                     ***                     Tea or coffee            
    •               A discretionary service charge will be added to your bill. All prices include VAT.
  • 23. QUESTIONS
    • Who “invented” afternoon tea and why?
    • What is the difference between
    • High Tea and Afternoon Tea?
    • How can the act of drinking tea be a class indicator?
    • Describe one aspect of tea etiquette.
    • What were the consequences of the taxation of tea?
  • 24.
    • Jonathan Evans – Making the Perfect Cup of Tea
    TEA, ANYONE?

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