There is a popular saying: “The Chinese tea ceremony is a lot of tea and little ceremony! Japanese – a lot of ceremony and little tea!»
In fact, it’s true. For several times of the so-called tea party, the Japanese drink the same cup several times, the Chinese are absolutely focused on this tonic drink.
There are so many rituals in Japanese tea drinking culture that masters have been studying these rules for years. Only kitchen utensils and necessary accessories need to be studied for a long time. Books have been published, on the pages of which the rules of the tea ceremony are recorded for each specific case.
In addition, the Japanese treat guests with a special snack, and finally-treat them with sweets.
Of course, in an ordinary kitchen or in a store you will not find these treats. They are prepared especially before the arrival of guests.
The Chinese tea ceremony of Gongfu-Cha-translated as “the best skill of tea drinking” – is more simplified in its requirements, interior and actions. It is a source of harmony and unification of people.
For the Chinese tea ceremony, Oolong teas are usually used: Da Hong Pao and Te Guan Yin.
The Japanese prefer powdered green tea – Matcha. It is in the Japanese tradition to pay attention to every detail.
2000 dollars for 40 grams and the brewing championship: the tea festival “9525” is held in Minsk.
Belarus News. The soul of the people is in a cup of tea. So they say in South Korea, where this drink is given a special place, reported in the news program “24 Hours” on STV.
These days, tea sommeliers from different countries share the art of its preparation in Minsk. A tea festival is being held in the Belarusian capital. Interestingly, the name – “9525” – is the formula: 95-water temperature, 2 grams of leaves and 5 minutes of infusion – everything you need for a proper tea. About Korean traditions – correspondent Kristina Fedorovich.
If Minsk Arena is usually associated with something cold and wintry, then March 13 is an exception. The ice is clearly melted. Of course – this is the amount of Korean tea per square meter.
Little is known about Camellia sinensis, or just about Korean tea. It is practically not sold in regular stores and is expensive. By the way, Koreans themselves prefer their own teas – they do not trust Chinese ones.
William Lee, representative of the Korean Tea Association: Korean tea is harvested by hand and in small quantities. Silver Needles tea can reach a price of $ 2,000 for 40 grams. The most important thing is that we do it from the heart.
The soul of the people is in a cup of tea. Although what a sin to conceal, the Koreans all depends on the preparation. Tea is always poured by the master-the owner of the house-in small cups and exclusively from left to right. First they enjoy the color, then the aroma. And only after that they taste it.
Kristina Fedorovich, STV: Unfortunately, tea from South Korea is not represented on the Belarusian market. So, consider this a unique opportunity that I definitely could not miss. Delicious, it’s worth it.
The only thing that remains of the traditions of the host site is the battle. Not quite icy, but no less spectacular. We are talking about tea shops. Seven participants, and each has 15 minutes in their arsenal to win the jury with a prepared tea. Alexander has been a hobby for two years. I prepared thoroughly for the championship.
Alexander Ilinykh, participant of the V National Tea Championship: Long, long. A month later in the evening. And I had to memorize the text.
Usually, there is no dispute about tastes, but in our case, the focus group still evaluates strictly.
Anastasia Schiff, member of the jury of the V National Tea Championship: The main criteria are the technique of serving, making tea and taste shades.
Tea, of course, is a good thing. But what a lot to say about it – much better to try!