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Did you know the Germans drink more tea than the British???

Really? That can’t be true … and you’re right. According to Wikipedia, Germany is way behind the UK when it comes to drinking tea. But …

The East Frisians (die Ostfriesen) are known for their wonderful tea ceremonies, but I won’t tell you about it in English. Here  is a snippet from the Planet Wissen website:

“Das Teetrinken gleicht einer Zeremonie. Nach drei Minuten Ziehzeit wird der Tee durch ein Sieb in eine zarte Tasse gegossen, in der sich schon ein paar Stückchen Kandis befinden. Mit einem Löffel wird dann vorsichtig ein wenig Sahne hineingegeben. Ganz wichtig dabei: Bloß nicht umrühren! Erst soll die milde Sahne den Genießer erreichen, dann der kräftige Teegeschmack und schließlich die Süße des Zuckers.”

Do you want to make tea like the East Frisians? This is what you need:

  • Ostfriesentee – East Frisian tea (any Assam or Ceylon tea will do)
  • kochendes Wasser – boiling water
  • eine Teekanne – a tea pot
  • ein Tee-Ei – a metal tea ball for your tea leaves if you don’t want to use a strainer (this word can also be written as Teeei!)
  • eine Teetasse – a nice delicate cup, not a mug
  • (or) ein Teeglas – a glass specially made for hot drinks
  • Sahne- cream
  • Kandiszucker, Kluntjes – candied sugar
  • ein Stövchen – a tea warmer

The video will show you how to make it, then enjoy your cup of tea!

And what will we be looking at next Thursday? You’ll have to wait and see – or as we say in Germany –

Abwarten und Tee trinken!

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You may wish to put your tea on the ‘Stövchen’ while you’re waiting  😉

And while you’re enjoying your cup of tea, why not tell me whether you have ever drunk tea in Germany!


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