Tea culture

It is said that the weather and the altitude of mountain are important factors that affect tea production. Most of Taiwanese teas are half fermented in high mountain areas without or with little fire baking. It is recommended to brew the tea leaves with spring water rather than distilled or tap water. Otherwise, the quality of water will ruin the purity of tea. The longer you taste the tea, the sweetener you will feel, and that makes people keep drinking it. Usually, the mountain teas are produced at height of 1000 meters or above. These tea leaves are priceless due to its limited production by the season. The temperature of water is suggested 185 to 194 Fahrenheit, and the time of brewing tea is 2 minutes for the first time with 40 seconds more after that. The leaves can be brewed for 5 times.

The following clip is some steps for people who want to enjoy the tea. The detail may be a slightly different depends on person.

*First, warm up all the tea cups and tea pot with boiled water.
*Second, pour some leaves from tea box into tea spoon to measure the amount. After that, pour all the leaves in covered cup.
*Third, pour over the boiled water into covered cup rather than pour it directly. In this way, the tea won’t be bitter.
*Fourth, pour out previous warm water from drinking cups.
*Fifth, drain the tea from the covered cup into tea pot.
*Finally, enjoy your tea.

The art of brewing tea leaves.
Lugu Township for tea plantation. Photo credit: Taiwan tourism.
Photo credit: Wikipedia.

In modern days, people like to drink cold tea with much sugar and lots of toppings especially among young children. Except tea, some shops even provide smoothie or fresh juice. Almost every corner, there is a tea shop for customers to buy any type of drink they want. Contrary to the traditional tea, these cold drinks are more colorful with artificial taste without focusing the brewing process.

Photo credit: Maggie Beri

To us, drinking tea is a way to meet with friends or families and talk with each other. It is the culture that we have inherited for hundreds of years, though it’s hard to tell for normal Taiwanese because we have got used to it. If you have chances to visit here, don’t forget to buy a cup of tea and relax.

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