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Celebrating International Tea Day: Katch us on a Journey Through the World's Favourite Beverage

by Paudie Marum | 20th May 2024 | Communication,Food and Beverage,Hospitality
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International Tea Day, which takes place annually on May 21st, is a day that is all about celebrating tea in all its delicious forms

There's something magical about tea. The soothing aroma, the warm mug in your hands, and the rich flavours dancing on your tongue. This elixir of life is much more than just a drink, it's an experience. On International Tea Day at Katch International, we take the time to cherish and appreciate this beloved beverage that has captured hearts, and tastebuds, across the globe for years.

There is possibly no other beverage in the world that evokes so much sentiment, becoming almost ritualistic to some people. Having a spot on the calendar each year specifically for tea just showcases how much it means right across the globe. In this blog post, we invite you to sit back, pop your feet up, steep your favourite blend, and get ready to immerse yourself in the insightful world of tea.

Cup of tea

Tea – Where Culture and History Combine

There’s an old saying that “You can't buy happiness, but you can buy tea, and that's kind of the same thing,” and for so many people worldwide, this really rings true. International Tea Day isn't just about savouring a comforting cup, but if you look beyond that steaming brew, you'll find a story steeped in history, culture, and tradition. Tracing the origins of tea back to ancient China before looking at modern sustainable farming practices employed today, we will embark on an engaging tour around the tea universe.

Why Drink Tea?

Tea, derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant, holds the distinction of being the world's second-most-consumed beverage, trailing only water. While its exact origins remain shrouded in mystery, evidence suggests tea has been enjoyed for millennia, with historical roots heavily intertwined with ancient China. Beyond its rich cultural significance, tea production serves as a vital economic lifeline for millions of families in developing nations, offering employment opportunities and contributing to rural development and poverty alleviation efforts.

Tea plantation

Tea boasts an array of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, alongside its potential role in weight management, which underscores its appeal as a beverage that not only delights the palate but also supports overall wellness. Available in all manner and varieties, from Green Tea, famous for its health benefits, Black Tea, known for its robust flavour, Oolong Tea, a brew somewhere between black and green tea which offers a unique, delicate flavour, often infused with floral or fruity notes, to Herbal Tea, made from a variety of plants, spices, or herbs, everyone has their favourite cup.

Much more profound than just a source of hydration, "Tea is more than an idealization of the form of drinking, it is a religion of the art of life," as Kakuzō Okakura, the Japanese philosopher, scholar, and art critic states in “The Book of Tea”.

Afternoon Tea – A Dubai Tradition

In the bustling city of Dubai, where east meets west, savouring the tradition of afternoon tea has become a much-loved pastime. Taking a break from the hustle of daily life, residents and visitors alike can be found indulging in the serene pleasure of an afternoon cup in a variety of stunning locations that leave one captivated with joy.

Address Fountain View afternoon tea

Among the plethora of places with exquisite tea offerings, Address Hotels and Resorts throughout the city stand out for their luxurious ambience and perfectly brewed concoctions. The H Dubai is another destination of choice, known for its world-class hospitality, it serves up a traditional afternoon tea experience with a creative twist. Vida Hotels also set the bar high for an immersive afternoon tea experience, hosting their guests in a relaxed environment with an assortment of teas sourced from every corner of the world.

Benefits of the Tea Industry

Tea has a much more profound impact on the world too as the industry plays a crucial role in addressing several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations. Through tea production and processing, efforts are made to alleviate extreme poverty, combat hunger, empower women, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. By providing employment opportunities in rural areas where tea is cultivated, the industry contributes to economic growth and poverty reduction, while also enhancing food security and nutrition, particularly in regions where tea farming is a significant source of livelihood.

A Nod to Great Tea

On International Tea Day, let’s immerse ourselves in this ‘religion of the art of life’ and learn how to appreciate the gift of tea, sip by sip. Let’s raise a cup to International Tea Day and embrace the profound joy this simple leaf brings to our lives. After all, where there’s tea, there’s hope!

Cup of tea

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