Tea & Coffee Time

Royal Doulton Cup SaucerSit back and relax with your favourite beverage!

Sitting down for a cup of freshly brewed coffee, or a relaxing ‘cuppa’ tea is one of life’s simple pleasures. Nowadays, with the advent of cafés and tea rooms in North American society, this individual pleasure has become much more of a social ritual -- a throwback to earlier generations when sharing your favourite beverage with family and friends was indeed a special event! Mother’s Day is an excellent opportunity to share time with your mother and revel in the joy and ritual of your favourite beverage!

Be sure to try some of our favourite coffee & tea dessert recipes in your own home:

It’s Tea Time

Royal Doulton Tea PotIn many cultures worldwide, tea is a social ritual that is often celebrated at fancy social events, and often becomes the main focus of the event itself.

In British culture “tea” was regularly celebrated as part of the daily ritual.

High Tea is considered an early evening meal, enjoyed between 5pm and 6pm, and was traditionally a meal replacement for both afternoon tea and the evening meal. The term “high” tea was a reflection of the fact that the meal was generally eaten at the “high” main table, rather than at a smaller lounge table.

Afternoon Low Tea is usually taken in a sitting room around low tables (like a coffee table), in mid-afternoon between 3pm and 5pm.

There are three basic types of afternoon/low tea:

  • Cream tea - features teas, scones, jam and cream
  • Light tea - features tea, scones and sweets
  • Full tea - features tea, savouries, scones, sweets and dessert.

Tea Time Trivia

  • According to Emily Post “if the tea is of any size from 20 upwards, the table is set in the dining room and two intimate friends of the hostess pour tea at one end, and chocolate at the other”.
  • A tea pot should be placed on the table with the spout of the teapot facing the hostess or pourer.
  • The correct way to eat a scone is to break off bite-size pieces, then spread it with a small amount of jam or butter. If Devonshire or clotted cream is served, dab onto your scone after the jam.
  • Sugar cubes are the preferred way to serve sugar; if using granulated sugar, be certain not to use the serving spoon to stir the tea in your cup.
  • When serving tea with lemon use lemon slices NOT wedges. Never add lemon with milk since the citric acid from the lemon will cause the milk to curdle.
  • A proper teacup is traditionally 3.25”- 3.75” in diameter, 2” - 2.5” deep, and is properly served three-quarters full.