Several years ago I took a long, but delightful, trip to Melbourne, Australia. I discovered many treasures during my adventure, but one of the most lasting was the “joy of tea time.” A few years later I found myself in Oxford, England enjoying “afternoon tea.” My travels ended in London where I savored “high tea” in a historic hotel close to Buckingham Palace every afternoon.
My trip to England solidified my love of the Brits breathtaking country and their daily ritual of tea time. The joy of tea time allows me to stop to take a breath in a busy day to sip, and sometimes slurp, a hot cup of steaming tea infused with delicate flavor. I often start the day watching the sun rise and sipping a cup of delicious light fragrant tea as the dawn slowly rises across the horizon. As I started this blog, I went through my daily tea ritual and prepared a wonderful cup of Chinese tea. Actually, the name of this tea is called “Joy Tea” which was purchased from a local tea shop, Music City Tea Shop.
Last Christmas my daughter gave me a Chinese cup with a variety of delicious teas purchased from Music City Tea. I enjoyed the tea so much that I decided to go in and experience Chinese tea time and meet Jenny Zhong, the owner of the tea shop. Her shop is located at 113 Murfreesboro Road, STE 401, Franklin, Tennessee. If you have not experienced the “joy of tea time,” I recommend you drop by and see Jenny in person or online at her website www.musiccitytea.com.
There are many benefits to drinking high quality tea, especially green tea, which include:
- Powerful antioxidants
- Less caffeine than coffee
- Loaded with bioactive compounds that have beneficial effects on health.
The wonderful ritual of tea time can add a new dimension to your life as well as many health benefits. I must go now for it is time to make another pot of tea. Let me know if you experience the joy of tea time and share your daily ritual with me and others.