The Philosophy of Tea


The fitting follow up to The Philosophy of Coffee and The Philosophy of Wine, this title features illustrations from the Library collection. The author is a popular expert on tea with a sizable following from his books, blog and TV appearances.

Product details

How did drinking the infusions of a unique plant from China become a vital part of everyday life? This gift book presents an entertaining and illuminating introduction to the history and culture of tea, from its origins in the Far East to the flavours and properties of different varieties, and the rituals of tea preparation and drinking around the world.

This simple hot beverage is suffused with artistic and religious overtones. The Chinese Ch’a Ching gave very precise guidelines to the preparation and sipping of tea, and the Japanese tea ceremony elevated it to an artform. Following its introduction to the royal court in the seventeenth century, the British created their own traditions, from the elaborate etiquette of afternoon tea to the humble pot of tea at the heart of family life, and the modern appreciation for specialty infusions.

About the Author: Tony Gebely is a tea enthusiast and expert. He is the author of Tea: A User’s Guide (2016), and the founder of the award-winning blog World of Tea.

Tony Gebely
British Library Publishing
Publication date
September 2019
198 x 130 mm

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