THE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE OF DRINKING TEA
Although the Japanese tea ceremony, translating to "the way of tea," supposedly is the most famous of tea rituals, the procedures of brewing a cup of tea has engaged people in various countries throughout hundreds of years. The British love their Afternoon Tea, in China tea is an art form practiced as "cha dao" and in India, it is the craftsman “Chai Wallah" that prepares the delicious Chai-tea in the signature tea stalls spread all over the country.
Rooms, houses and even gardens have been dedicated to this aromatic beverage for over 1000 years in Japan. The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a "transformative practice" influenced by the art of Zen and the principles of Wabi-sabi. The typical tea-ceremony includes a formal entrance, ceremonial cleansing of the utensils, the serving of sweets and is finalized by the preparing and serving of the tea. A process of which has been refined throughout centuries to bring out the flavors of the tea and yield the best taste. Experiencing a tea ceremony first hand is a wonderful thing, but a cup of warm tea nestled in between both hands one brisk winter morning is sometimes enough to evoke a feeling of calm and wonder. To feel the healing warmth of the cup while appreciating the delicacy of the tea makes for a very rewarding pause while in the midst of other daily tasks. It is safe to say that the calming ritual of infusing dried tea-leaves in boiling water is a practice that has fascinated people for centuries. Tea has been used as medicine since the ancient times. It has served the purpose of politely welcoming quests, spark conversations and as a means of meditation, highly valued for its calming qualities.
At the atelier tea is consumed in massive amounts, none of us drinks coffee on a regular basis, but we do crave our tea. Our preferences are much different though. Lone-Pia prefers black tea, and her kettle boils continuously throughout the day. She often let the tea soak for far too long. Lise is more of a ceremonial tea-drinker and prefers the white and green kinds. She sips it excruciatingly slowly and has recently developed a newfound fascination for the ancient traditions and tea-rituals.
This summer in Berlin we stumbled upon a stylish teashop and brought home an organic green tea with jasmine called In the mood for love. And we seemed to be in the mood for love quite often; it didn't take long until the tin was emptied. The tea was just amazing. With that being said, you can understand why we're so happy to announce that this very special tea along with a carefully curated selection of the finest quality teas and accessories from this very special teashop is now available in our store.
BERLIN BASED SPECIALTY TEA SHOP
They combined their two passions, print design on paper and tea, and created a brand called just that. Paper and Tea was founded in Berlin, also the place of which they opened their first concept store and where we first encountered them. They explore the world’s finest teas and carry a selection of whole-leaf, hand-processed and single-garden teas of the highest grade. All the teas are sourced at their origin, in mutual respect with the makers, honoring the local artisanal traditions.