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Fascinating examples of what a cup of tea looks like around the world

Tea has long received world-wide recognition as one of the most refreshing drinks ever invented — any tea lover can easily vouch for that. Yet its simplicity is deceptive: in fact, tea is a mysterious drink, steaming with endless possibilities, which can be brewed in many different ways and from a variety of ingredients.

Creative Ideas suggests we all sit down and make a cup of rich aromatic tea — and celebrate its diversity with the entire world!

Japan

Matcha tea is made of finely ground high quality leaves of green tea. It very much differs from a classic cup of tea as we know it. The powder is thoroughly whisked in a cup, and if everything is done correctly, you will get a vivid green mixture.

India

The photo shows some Darjeeling tea. This variety is grown in the highlands of India and in the Himalayas.

Great Britain

The British like to add milk to black tea to get a creamy texture and look.

Turkey

Strong tea is served in small glasses with a lump of sugar.

Tibet

Tibetan tea is made with milk, yak butter and salt. It has a charismatic but bitter taste.

Morocco

Moroccans enjoy refreshing green tea with mint.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong people add condensed milk to tea, and serve it cold or with ice cubes.

Taiwan

This tea can be served either hot or cold, as long as it’s got the most important ingredient: balls of tapioca.

USA

Americans like black tea with lemon and sugar. Baking soda can also be added for a softer texture.

Russia

Black tea is by far the most popular one. The stronger the better.

Pakistan

Masala tea is made with spices and dairy butter.

Thailand

Thai tea consists of various Thai herbs, milk and ice.

China

The Chinese like Pu-erh tea most of all. It’s sold in the form of pressed cubes or balls.

Egypt

Egyptians like black tea without sugar. Hibiscus tea is reserved for wedding celebrations

Mongolia

Mongolians literally cook their tea with milk and salt in a flat metal pot.

Argentina

Argentinians celebrate mate tea, and not without a reason — mate contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants.

South Africa

The most admired tea in South Africa is rooibos — red tea with soft sweet taste.

Mauritania

Mauritanian tea is drunk from three cups — from a sugarless one to a very sweet one.

Malaysia

Foamy black tea with milk and sugar. It is treated like a dessert and drunk cold.

Kuwait

People in Kuwait prefer black tea, infused with cardamom and saffron.

Qatar

It’s common tradition to boil the tea twice with milk and brown sugar.

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