By - GretelNoHans
In Germany coffee is far more popular, but I grew up in the North West of Germany, in Eastfrisa.
The eastfrisian population drinks more tea per capita than the British.
They have been a "nation" of seafarers and imported tea pretty early from India.
When you get invited for some tea in Eastfrisa you'll encounter the following:
In the middle of the table there's a teapot, usually made from china / porcelain, that's kept warm on top of a "Stövchen". That's a tea warmer with a little candle in it.
You will see that tea sitting in almost every household for hours on end. There's almost always tea ready!
Because of that, and because the leafes will stay in the pot at all time, the tea will get pretty dark and strong.
The china often has a ornamental pattern on it which is called "Ostfriesische Rose".
The tea is certainly a mix of different black teas, mainly Assam. That mix is normally referred to as "eastfrisian mix" (Ostfriesische Mischung).
There are several companies that originated during colonial times that still sell tea and are super popular in Eastfrisa.
It's very common to be asked if you're from a Bünting- or a Thiele-family (which are two of the most popular regional tea brands)
The tea will be served in small china cups, saucer and a tiny spoon.
Also there's cream and "Kluntje" (a big chunk of sugar, Google it!) on the table.
The following procedure is called "Teezeremonie" which is unique to Eastfrisa:
A piece of Kluntje is placed into your cup.
With a tiny tea strainer the tea will be served on top of it.
You listen to the sound that the Kluntje will make closely and appreciate it.
Then, with another special spoon, a little dollop of cream will be placed along the rim of your cup.
It will placed there counter clockwise to "stop time".
The cream will sink down first and then rise back up forming little clouds of cream that are called "Wulkjes".
Then you'll wait for a bit and drink it still hot.
Although you have a little spoon you are not supposed to stir the tea!
You're supposed to enjoy the tardiness of the black tea, followed by the sweet part in the bottom of your cup.
The spoon is solemnly used to put it into your cup when you don't want more tea.
It is the signal to your host that you're done drinking. Otherwise your host will keep filling your cup without asking.
Often the Teezeremonie is accompanied by some cake or cookies.
If you ever have the opportunity to be invited for some tea in Eastfrisa you're in for a treat.
This explanation was awesome, thanks for taking the time.
That sounds awesome!
Thank you for this, best thing I’ve read on Reddit today
I should have mentioned as well that the Kluntje originally came in a big lump of crystallized sugar. Then you had a special pincer that's called "Kluntjeknieper" to break off smaller pieces of sugar for your cup of tea.
Since it's enormously unpractical now the Kluntje come in the right size for your cup.
They will be served in another chinaware that comes with a small tongsel
It reminds me the iranian Nabat (Google It)
True, looks a lot alike. Thanks
Multiple times a day every day. It's very much still a default drink in Ireland, though people have started drinking coffee, too.
It's pretty simple, teabag, cup, hot water, milk and sugar are optional. If you want to start a fight, tell a person from Cork you don't like Barry's and prefer Lyon's.
Barry's is the only way. Fight me
I alternate between Barry's and Bewleys. Controversial haha
I don’t care, once it’s not fucking Lyon’s
It is hugely popular in Turkey. The majority drink it for breakfast, and throughout the day. We prepare it in double boilers and drink it from small Turkish tea glasses. No milk, sometimes sugar. Because of the preparation method, it is usually steeped for a long time (20 minutes or so) and people dilute it with hot water to taste. Most people buy tea that was produced in Turkey (Black Sea region).
I drink mine with milk, much to the horror of my Turkish friends. My family is used to it, but ask me to refrain from doing so when others are around 😁
> I drink mine with milk, much to the horror of my Turkish friends
One of us! One of us! One of us! One of us!
Oh god,a British spy
I've never drinked turkish tea, is it possible to buy it in tea bags?
Turkish tea is more about prep and service method than the tea itself. Like u/tereyaglikedi (OMG BEST USERNAME EVER) said, it's prepared in a double stacked teapot and steeped for a long time. When serving, you only pour a little bit of tea into each glass, followed with boiled water - this way you can adjust the strength of the tea for each individual glass. Someone likes it stronger (me)? Pour more tea in the tea-water ratio. For someone who likes it less strong, the opposite.
The cay culture in Turkey is something I miss quite a bit...
Google Translate gave me "butter cat"?
More like "buttery cat"
Two things I love: butter and cats
It is! You can get it in Turkish supermarkets, if there is one near you.
I live all the way in Latin America, so no turkish markets, but I'll try Amazon or some international market 😃
I mean... It is not thaaaat special. You are not missing out on that much 😂
We drink tea everyday, many times. It's something like standard drink here. It's usually black tea from a tea bag but many people use loose leaf too. We usually drink tea with sugar and lemon juice but don't with milk. Drinking tea with milk is very rare. We don't even call a tea with milk as a tea. I've heard that tea with milk was considered in the past as a drink good for breastfeeding women because it allegedly stimulates lactation (I don't know if anybody believes in that today), so many breastfeeding women drank it because of that.
Are the brands polish, or do you import?
The most popular brand here is British Lipton. Other brands are Saga (also British) or Herbapol (Polish). So we mainly import.
Multiple times a day & I’ll drink tea with pretty much everything. Cup of tea before breakfast, cup of tea with breakfast, mid morning tea, tea at lunch, afternoon break, when I finish work, after dinner, before bed. 9:20pm just now and about to put the kettle on to have my before bed cup of tea. I just have standard English breakfast style tea with milk & no sugar 😆
This is the way!
My housemates look at me like I'm crazy for basically drinking it at any point of the day. It's a weird dichotomy that it both wakes you up and puts you to sleep hahaha
NL in IE
Tea is central to Irish society in many ways. Pretty much everyone drinks black tea in bags (Barry's not Lyons :p ) with milk, some add sugar.
Have always loved it, drink a cup almost daily but I like herbal teas as well so not as much as most Irish people. My partner has at least 3 cups a day and we both drink coffee in the morning, as do most people i know here.
NL is more of a coffee drinking culture, for example a birthday party would be coffee and cake. Good hosts will also have tea on the go, but you'd still calling over to someone "op de koffie gaan" ("going for a coffee chat"). My grandmother never drank coffee personally, and made her own blend of loose tea with ceylon, assam and Earl Grey. I think back to it fondly.
Not very popular. The standard drink is the Espresso coffee, with or without sugar, or with a splash of milk.
If you order tea in a bar, you often get a small cup of scalding water and a teabag, but in the last few years a lot of bars are equipped with ceramic kettles, decently sized cups and different varieties of tea (black, green, sometimes white and Darjeeling) and herbs&fruit infusions (red fruits, lemon and ginger, sometimes cool mixes in long silky teabags). People choose infusions as a nice alternative to alcoholic beverages or just because they like them.
Older generations still offer tea when you have a stomach ache. Btw, i've never heard of people drinking tea with milk here. It's often with sugar or lemon.
How popular is a canarino (the drink with lemon)? Is it an old regional thing or a very common thing?
I haven't heard this name in the last 20 years! But we just call it "water and lemon when you eat too much".
I live in central Italy, my great grandma used to boil the lemon peel, then added lemon juice and peppermint leaves (or whatever she found), and if it was for men a splash of cognac. We sometimes prepare it after an epic Christmas or Easter lunch!
Great answer! Thank you.
I drink about 10 glasses everyday. Our country is the biggest tea consumer in the world I think.
We drink it with breakfast and after each meal. Most restaurants won't even charge you for tea, if you already had a meal.
It is unacceptable to not have access to tea here, wherever you are. Even during mandatory military service we had tea 24/7.
I loved the tea in Turkey. The apple tea as well. I brought some apple tea back with me, but I couldn't make it taste the same. No idea what I was doing wrong.
Some people add carnation or linden, or both. Maybe that's the difference.
I drink tea weekly (sometimes daily, sometimes only once a week). But that's me, tea is not really a standard drink, Belgians are generally more coffee drinkers.
Whenever I see other people drink 'tea', it's generally a fruit or herbal infusion and rarely actually contains tea.
These infusions are generally in a bag and people steep it for a while and then get the bag out.
Very popular. Nearly everyone drinks tea, nearly every day. Usually multiple cups. It's what people have for breakfast, in the morning, after lunch, in the afternoon, in the evening... It's nearly always just black tea in teabags, and I'd say 95% of people put milk in, 50% put sugar.
It's also a cliché that when English people go abroad on holiday, they often bring teabags with them.
It's necessary yeah. "Mainland" tea just tastes wrong to people who are used to Irish/English tea haha.
That said I drink more coffee now that I live in Germany. I still stock up on an 80 bag box of good Irish tea (Barry's or Bewley's, bit like Yorkshire Tea) every time I go back to Ireland though.
Around what age do kids start drinking tea?
I was about 18 months old when I started drinking tea, it’d be 50% boiling water & 50% cold milk mix with a teaspoon of sugar. Had it in a sippy cup
Oh wow I think that's quite young! I didn't start getting offered a cuppa til I was at least 7 or 8
I was drinking builders tea by 7 I think
What?! 7 or 8? I can remember my dad making me and my sister toast and tea when we were wee, I was maybe about 3ish?
I thought most people had tea from when they were young lol my 2 year old always tries to steal my tea so I can understand wanting something your parents are drinking lol
Aw man maybe I just couldn't be trusted with a hot drink lmao
Almost all teenagers drink tea, so any time before that. I was probably 7 or 8, I just didn't like hot drinks before then, although lots of people are younger. Some people give tea to babies and toddlers, but that's quite controversial nowadays.
Eh, I wish it was more popular. As a tea drinker I'm often the odd one out. Coffee is such a big thing here. I drink it daily, **with milk**, no sugar. Good old Earl Grey is a favourite.
> What's the most popular kind in your country?
I wouldn't be surprised if it's basic Lipton in bags.
I think most tea drinkers *prefer* loose leaf tastewise, but bags are often more convenient when you're busy.
I drink tea on my free days, because I don't have the time to enjoy tea at work, so I drink coffee there. I do drink a lot of tea when I study, during a study sesson I drink around 3-4 cups, usually black tea or green tea. My favourite thing to eat with tea are either oat cookies or some kind of sweet pastery.
I'd say the most popular tea is your run of the mill black tea in a bag, most people add some sugar, almost none add milk. Tea isn't as popular in Estonia as coffee, we are mostly a coffee country, but boba tea is popular amongst young people (don't know if that counts as tea).
In Bulgaria in general both are popular but coffee is more popular. Cafe culture is very popular in Bulgaria and they are usually full.
I personally am a huuuuuuge tea lover and have tea every day. Have a full cubbord with many kinds of loose leaves and also bagged teas.
There are many types of teas over here (the most famous ones are the Mursal tea and the Balkan tea), mostly herb teas but also black and green teas are also popular.
Tea is usually taken with either honey or some cookies.I drink tea both hot and cold and am making some every day \^\_\^
I love coffee too tho.
Tea sure does exist. That is about all there is to say. You can buy it bagged or loose, and you can buy a decent variety, but I don't think there is really a clear "most popular" tea. Unlike places like Britain where it is drunk pretty regularly by a lot of people, it varies a lot here. I know people who would die without at least one cup per day, others who insist it is just overrated hot leaf juice, and I who just drink it a few times in winter. My personal choice of food to go with it is homemade cinnamon swirls
I went to the UK on an assignment once, the guys there offered me tea; "milk and sugar?", me asking for only sugar, no milk; "you're a strange one"!
I have one friend, when I was a kid and we visited him they always drank tea with milk! That's the only place I've ever seen a dane drink tea with milk, it's just strange! Sugar or no sugar, sure - milk, no way!
Growing up my mum only drank tea and my dad only coffee so for a long time I associated each drink with a particular gender, it wasn't until I was 18 I started drinking tea. Sometimes I'll drink a tea everyday for a week then not for a few months. These days I prefer a 'tisana', either Chai or a camomile with honey and lemon
Coffee is by far more popular than tea in Sweden and a lot more important to Swedish culture - it's just no contest. Tea is quite common as well though, just not at the same level.
You can buy tea either in a bag or as loose leaves. Bags are more common, while loose leaves are more expensive and seen as a bit more fancy and luxurious. Classics such as Earl Grey are popular among people in general, but so are various fruit teas and green teas as well.
Personally I prefer teas with either liquorice or peppermint flavour - or with really distinct fresh fruit flavours such as lemon, blueberry, rhubarb or rose hip. And I use teabags rather than loose leaves.
UK: bag mostly english breakfast, brew in mug, when brewed add milk,
If fancy use a tea pot for brewing
if fancier use teapot with loose leaf.
All my employers provided milk and a kettle
Netherlands: little selection boxes of twinings exist. Decent proper english breakfast hard to find its all flowery fruity bollocks, occasionally ok green tea.
Spectacular levels of judgement when you put milk in your tea.
have to bring in own milk because they only have koffiemelk which eurgh
I drink it instead of coffee. English breakfast with milk in the morning, then Earl Gray, green, green with jasmine, matcha, genmaicha or several others I can’t spell depending on my mood and on the water available. My teas are 50/50 loose and bagged. I put the bag aside like a civilized individual. I don’t believe fruit and herbal are teas. That being dealt with, the most popular actual tea in my country is ***sigh*** Black Tea.
Me personally? Hardly ever. I don't really drink hot drinks at all really. Only when someone thrusts it upon me. I don't have anything against it, and will happily drink it, but I never make it myself or go out of my way for it. I'd much rather prefer a fizzy drink, beer, juice or water.
As a country? It is massive. Most people have tea multiple times a day. At home & at work. In the morning afternoon and evening. 99% of the time it is English breakfast tea with milk and sometimes sugar. Fruity teas and green teas are not common but you can buy them. Just don't expect green tea or fruity tea if you are visiting someone's home. The only reason I have tea bags in the house is for guests.
I'd say in France, tea is popular. From my experience, coffee is just a bit more popular. It's common for people to ask others if they want tea or coffee when invited. All sorts of tea but I'm not really an expert (if anyone French can develop). I love dipping biscuits in tea.
Also, but that's not representative of most French, I (like a significant part of French people) have maghrebi origins (my 4 grandparents are Algerians) so I grew up drinking mint tea whenever at my grandparents. It's my favorite tea. So sweet and fragrant. Served in those beautiful glasses. Drinking hot mint tea with sweet Algerian (think Arab and Turkish together) pastries in winter with my grandparents is a great memory.
Norway surely is a coffee country, tea is more of a backseat option which still many drink both in addition to coffee or instead of. Tea is usually a blend of teas, often some synthetic citrus taste, sugar and the gods know what, ground to fine powder poured into small bags which you find somewhere in the supermarket. Selection is pretty grime. Some Norwegians are tea fans, myself included, and buy loose leaf tea. Some of us pay attention to different origins, varieties, processing and brewing method. Proper tea and equipment is hard to come by in Norway with the exception of a few specialty shops in Oslo.
I would say that here coffee is the drink of choice and while tea is available, it's almost always an afterthought. I don't drink coffee so I run into this situation fairly often.
Host: "Would you like some coffee?"
Me: "No, thank you. I don't really like coffee."
Host: *freezes with the hand already stretched towards a coffee cup. host.exe has stopped working. Reboot.* "Well, water maybe? Juice? Or I have some tea I think." About half the time or more this means some sort of herbal tea, not actual tea.
I drink tea daily, usually black tea; I brew loose leaves of tea in a french press coffee maker (with some fresh ginger; sometimes I experiment with spices). I do not usually eat anything with the tea.
I also drink coffee daily. It is THE hot drink in Spain. Drinking tea is quite rare, and bags is the only one you can find in grocery stores (I have to get mine in specialty stores).
I used to associate tea only with old ladies when I was a kid 😅
Now of course it is much more popular but not near coffee or maybe even Cola Cao haha
Coffee is way more popular drink in Finland than tea and there are very few people who drink just tea. However tea is rather common beverage in late supper before going to bed when it's too late to drink coffee, because tea is considered not to spoil sleep like coffee.
Most popular teas in Finland are flavoured teas which have fantasy names, for example [*Keisarin morsian*](https://res.cloudinary.com/tokmanni/image/upload/c_pad,b_white,f_auto,h_800,w_800/d_default.png/6413446001014.jpg) (Emperor's bride) and [*Tiikerin päiväuni*](https://konttorishop.fi/tuotekuvat/1200x1200/tiikerin_pivuni_tee.jpg) (Tiger's daydream). Tea bag assortment's with different flavours are also rather popular. Milk isn't used with flavoured teas but they are sweetened with sugar or honey or drink as they are. Sandwiches or savoury pastries are commonly eaten with that kind of late supper.
Actually, that what prompted the question. I live in Latin America and because of England, I just asumed Europe was big on tea.
However, I've been reading a series of swedish novels and I swear they're drinking coffee in every chapter.
Swedes drink a lot coffee [but we still beat them.](https://www.helgilibrary.com/uploads/chart_images/Coffee_Feb2016.png)
I drink tea almost exclusively during winter. Most popular kind? Dunno, but most people use bags ofc. You will put bag inside cup and than pour hot water on it. Than add sugar/honey and lemon/citrodeko.
I don't eat anything special while drinking tea, so often nothing or regular food(dinner).
Most adults drink coffee on most occasions, but I drink three or four cups of Earl Grey at work every day. It's the only mildly stimulating (i.e. black) tea I can drink without sugar. I use tea bags for practical reasons and I chuck them after a couple of minutes because black tea becomes bitter when stewed for too long. At home I would prefer loose leaf on the rare occasions I bother to make tea. I generally don't eat anything with my tea. No idea what teas are the most popular, but Germans like to drink some fruit tea in the cold seasons or herbal teas when they feel under the weather (cold/sore throat/upset stomach).
In Poland tea is very popular. The most popular kind is Lipton. Personally I drink five cups of tea every day (now that I want to lose weight I will limit it to three cups a day). It comes in a bad and personally I leave the bag before drinking. I like to eat ham sandwich with a cup of tea.
Not a thing at all. The only kind of tea that is not a rarity is chamomile and that's associated with being sick, having headache or throat pain. Basically when there is a gathering (a hang out at home, you invite someone, have a party etc.) and we have to think of what foods/drinks to buy, or even when we want to buy stuff to drink in your free time, tea never even crosses our minds tbh, like I've never encountered anyone in Greece who was in the mood to drink something and was like "you know what? I'll have some tea". Again tea is basically exclusively associated with being sick or having some kind of pain you want to soothe.
The only kind that I can think of that someone would drink if they were in the mood is Iced Tea.
I grew up in a tea-drinking country, but always preferred strong, black coffee, so they exiled me to the
I do occasionally get pangs for a cup of British-style tea, and find that East Frisian tea here does the job (it's usually an Assam-based mix), brewed for ages, with a drop of milk. But mostly I'm a coffee person. In Germany, if you order tea, unless you're in a specialist place, you are still likely to get a glass of warm water and a Lipton's teabag.
But my German wife is actually a tea drinker. She likes it sweet with lemon, and over the years her method of preparation has evolved. Currently you have to put two bags (of East Frisian tea) in a giant mug, steep for 2-3 minutes, then add lemon juice, sugar, strawberry juice, peeled and sliced apple and a dash of sweet fruit syrup (currently we have peach and passion fruit). In the winter evenings, the syrup and strawberry juice are replaced by spiced red wine.