Taking Time for Tea

Taking Time for Tea

by Diana Rosen

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Overview


Take some time to appreciate the important things in life: friends, family, and tea! Diana Rosen shares fabulous suggestions for relaxing and celebrating over a specially selected cup of tea. Discover how tea can bring people closer together and brighten any event, including family reunions, after-school snacks, and engagement parties. Offering 15 custom-tailored seasonal tea parties to soothe the soul and enliven your day, Rosen encourages you to savor the joys of pairing an inviting warm mug together with good friends. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580172455
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 06/15/2000
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 960,287
Product dimensions: 7.83(w) x 7.83(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author


Diana Rosen has a special interest in the traditions of world cultures and practices that enhance spirituality in everyday life. Her books include The Book of Green Tea, Chai, Steeped in Tea, and Taking Time for Tea.

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A silent mouth is melodious.
- Irish proverb

COMFORTING CEYLON BREAK AT WORK

Coffee break: That pause every few hours during a conventional workday is a perk for many but is too often ignored because of the demands on your time and attention.

As delicious as good coffee is, a well-made cup hardly finds its way into most mugs in today's convenience-oriented culture. Coffee carafes are kept too long on the burner or allowed to go cold. And coffee's caffeine is overestimating, leading to a let down in energy just when you need the boost the most.

While coffee bars generally offer better tasting coffee, the three- to five-dollar price is considerably more than the most expensive cup of the rarest tea found anywhere in the world, and hardly as exquisite as, say, a Dragonwell, a Makaibari Darjeeling, or a rich Keemun (Qiman).

Tea, ah, tea is what a break from the world should be all about. Tea is both energizing and calming to drink. It has considerably less caffeine than coffee per cup, and the type of caffeine is actually assimilated into the body more slowly, more healthfully. Best of all, you can easily make one cup at a time without sacrificing taste.

Wherever you work, or whatever the schedule is, take at least one break each day. You'll perform better, you'll feel better, and you might even influence die-hard coffee drinkers to take a well-deserved, real break...with tea.

Create an Atmosphere
At the office, tea drinking can be as simple or as elaborate as space allows. Not every shop, office, and work site has kitchen facilities, but you can still enjoy your tea wherever you are. Yes, even at your desk or counter. If you work outdoors, take advantage of a tree's shade or a sunny spot to sit in. The important thing is to find a corner of quiet, beauty, and calm, where you can sip your tea in peace.

Choose the Tea and Accompaniments
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) has an incredible array of fine teas. Because Ceylons are crisp, clean, and brisk-tasting, they're ideal for a tea break at work. You'll find Ceylon greens, many of them organic, as well as refreshing blacks from crushed leaves and the finest golden-tipped full-leaf styles that are as beautiful to see as they are delicious to drink.

Fill a thermos with hot water, take along some tea bags or a tin of loose-leaf tea, a filter, and a teacup, and you're ready to make tea. What to do with the infused leaves or spent bag? Put them in a plastic bag or wrap in paper and discard, or scatter leaves and leftover liquor on plants at work, inside or out.

Along with your tea, try pick-me-up foods that will give you energy:

* Plain yogurt with fresh fruit you mix in yourself
* A handful of raw cashews mixed with raisins
* A cold, crisp apple
* Rice cakes with peanut butter

Direct you mind inward, and you'll find
A thousand regions of your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them...


A Meditation for the Work Day
Get up and walk outside if you're indoors all day; if you're outdoors all day, step inside for a while. Roll your shoulders, stretch your body as much as possible. Close your eyes. Think of all that you have to be grateful for in your work; remember all your past accomplishments. Think of those you love. Sip your hot, refreshing Ceylon tea. Let its warmth comfort you. Be still.

Open your eyes. You'll discover you can continue your day alert and ready to tackle anything because you've enjoyed 10 minutes of respite, with the blessings of a cup of tea.

Excerpted from TAKING TIME FOR TEA. Copyright (C) 2000 by Diana Rosen. Reprinted with permission by Storey Communications. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents


Introduction: What Tea Means to Me

A Year of Celebrations and Reflections

The History & Lore of Tea

A Short Primer on Tea

Spring

Sencha in Springtime

Welcoming Green-Tea Brunch

Tea Ice Cream Celebration for Graduations & Other Achievements

Oolong, the Luscious Tea of Lovers

Summer

Earl Grey Comes to a Bon Voyage Party

Sun Teas for a Family Reunion

Darjeeling for the Darlings: An Engagement Party

Fall

After-School Kids Tea

A Housewarming with Keemun & Fruited Iced Teas

Comforting Ceylon Break at Work

Irish Breakfast on a Rainy Morning

Winter

Delicate Whites for a Friend in Need

Holiday Salon with Tea Punches & Cocktails

Cups of Kenya for Guys' Night Out & Calming Chai for Gals' Night In


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Taking Time for Tea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was a lot of interesting information in this book. Everything from the history of tea, to the process of tea, to recipes with tea, brewing tips of tea and simple crafts for tea lovers.
gincam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A deceptively slim little volume, "Taking Time for Tea", by Diana Rosen, is actually brimming over with delightful tea tidbits and tasty treats. Ms. Rosen's tea expertise and love of subject are blended with insights into the production of tea and gentle reminders to be as good to yourself as you are to others. There are also a number of suggestions for themed tea parties. My favorite was "Irish Breakfast on a Rainy Morning"--an Autumn morning with the sound of the rain beating on a cottage roof. A mug of hearty black tea, sweetened with milk and a little sugar, is accompanied by warm, freshly-baked soda bread, butter, and marmalade. The recipe for the "Irish Breakfast Soda Bread" sounds wonderful, and I mean to try it very soon! Prepare yourself a tray loaded with a pot of your favorite tea, delicious little sandwiches, cookies and other nibbles, and settle in to read this beautifully produced and very enjoyable book. Review Copy Gratis Storey Publishing
gincam More than 1 year ago
A deceptively slim little volume, "Taking Time for Tea", by Diana Rosen, is actually brimming over with delightful tea tidbits and tasty treats. Ms. Rosen's tea expertise and love of subject are blended with insights into the production of tea and gentle reminders to be as good to yourself as you are to others. There are also a number of suggestions for themed tea parties. My favorite was "Irish Breakfast on a Rainy Morning"--an Autumn morning with the sound of the rain beating on a cottage roof. A mug of hearty black tea, sweetened with milk and a little sugar, is accompanied by warm, freshly-baked soda bread, butter, and marmalade. The recipe for the "Irish Breakfast Soda Bread" sounds wonderful, and I mean to try it very soon! Prepare yourself a tray loaded with a pot of your favorite tea, delicious little sandwiches, cookies and other nibbles, and settle in to read this beautifully produced and very enjoyable book. Review Copy Gratis Storey Publishing