Tea shows a thousand and one faces. It may have creases like the leather boot of a Tartar horseman, curl like the dewlap of a mighty bullock, unfold like a mist rising out of a ravine, gleam like a lake touched by a zephyr or be wet and soft like a fine earth newly swept by rain.
A gift of nature, tea is like wine in its manifold varieties, manner of cultivation and multiple controlled regions of origin.
Down the centuries, attitudes towards tea and the ways in which it was drunk have varied immensely.
The most widely consumed beverage in the world today, tea is deeply rooted in the cultures of the peoples who have adopted it and adapted it to their own particularities across time and history.
In London, St Petersburg, Calcutta, Marrakech, Beijing, Berlin and Athens people drink tea in different ways and with varying frequency, but always, as the Chinese proverb says, “to forget the din of the world”.