In honor of Hot Tea Month, a few netlogx team members who are also avid tea drinkers share their memories of drinking tea with their Grandmother/Nanna/Grandma.
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. From a young age I discovered a fondness for tea thanks to my grandmother who served me cups of tea liberally laced with milk and sugar or, when I would have a sore throat, it would be tea and honey with a squeeze of lemon. I still remember feeling so grown up when she would hand me the fancy china cup and saucer and I used the small tongs to add sugar cubes to the cup and the sound the spoon would make as I stirred the tea. Over the years I have many fond memories of sitting around my grandmother’s table sipping tea as we talked.
Nothing beats your first cup of tea of the day – fact. I have the below sign in my house and believe that there is always good reason to “pop the kettle on”.
I, too, was introduced to tea at an early age. My Nanna had a special green, mini china cup and saucer for her grandchildren and a hot cup of “sweet, milky tea” was always on offer. Sweet indeed it was, two large sugar cubes each time which I was allowed to put in myself – such a treat!
Throughout my life drinking tea has been a staple component almost like a marriage – drinking it through sickness and health, richer or poorer, days that are better or worse…
The words of Arthur Wing Pinero, “Where there’s tea, there’s hope” sum up my tea sentiments exactly!
I grew up with a Grandma who loved to drink hot tea, too. I am not sure if her love for tea came from living in England for three years when her husband, my Pappy was stationed in the Air Force or if she always loved hot tea. Regardless, she would always have a cup of tea when I went to visit. And yes, it included milk and sugar. She also had a collection of tea cups and tea pots. I have one of her Fine Bone China tea cups and saucers made in England. The beautiful tea cup has violets on it which is the flower of my birth month, February.
For Christmas and birthday gifts, Grandma Verna would receive tea related gifts. One gift I gave her was this tea cup with a place to hold her tea bag. After she passed in 1991, I was given the tea cup back to keep in memory of her. I always enjoyed a cup of hot tea with Grandma Verna. However, I also became a coffee drinker after becoming a career woman. Fast forward to coming to work at netlogx in 2009. I was reunited with my love for hot tea. Almost every afternoon we have a cup of tea. And I was introduced to the saying, “Milk before your sugar and you will lose a lover.”
Are you an avid tea drinker? Hot tea can offer many things – a caffeine boost in the morning or afternoon, a drink to warm you from the inside out in wintry weather or a soothing drink to help you relax at the end of a stressful day. Whatever time you choose to drink it, know that each cup is delivering a little bonus in the way of health benefits.
Scientists have found these positive indications for drinking tea:
- Tea can boost exercise endurance. Catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
- Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack.
- Studies suggest the antioxidants in tea might help protect against certain cancers, including breast, colon, colorectal, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers.
- Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease.
- Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
- Tea could be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes, helping diabetics better process sugars.
Fun Facts about tea:
- British drink 65 million cups of tea daily.
- Largest tea producers in the world are 1) China (2,230,000 tons), 2) India (1,191,100 tons) and 3) Kenya (399,210 tons).
- Tea contains at least half the level of caffeine as coffee.
- During Queen Victoria’s reign, tea became a symbol of Britain’s greatest period of expansion and stability. Every home owned a teapot, even if it was a basic “Brown Betty”. At netlogx there are two teapots on the counter for afternoon tea, including a Brown Betty teapot. The original Brown Betty teapots came from a red clay that was discovered in the Stoke-on-Trent area of Britain, in 1695 and these teapots are considered today by the British to make the best tea.
Consider this quote for the 2018 year: “Tea turns the world right-side-up.”