International Tea Day – The Beginning

May 21, 2020 is the first observance of the International Tea Day: Harnessing benefits for all from field to cup.

Tea Teim

Tea is always a celebration for me for it connects me to friendships, places, events and great conversations. I am thrilled to be celebrating the first International Tea Day. I love beginnings! This is a story that we must all share.

According to the United Nations “Tea production is highly sensitive to changes in growing conditions. Tea can only be produced in narrowly defined agro-ecological conditions and, hence, in a very limited number of countries, many of which will be heavily impacted by climate change.Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns, with more floods and droughts, are already affecting yields, tea product quality and prices, lowering incomes and threatening rural livelihoods. These climate changes are expected to intensify, calling for urgent adaptation measures. In parallel, there is a growing recognition of the need to contribute to climate change mitigation, by reducing carbon emissions from tea production and processing.”

Tea Time

Tea Time

The tea industry is a main source of income and export revenues for some of the poorest countries and, as a labour-intensive sector, provides jobs, especially in remote and economically disadvantaged areas. Tea can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction and food security in developing countries, being one of the most important cash crops.” United Nations

Thank you for celebrating the first International Tea Day with me! Every cuppa brings us together.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

9 thoughts on “International Tea Day – The Beginning

  1. Very appropriate. I join you in the celebration. Famous teas come from high mountains which we have – the highest and plenty to our North. Rebecca, given that only tender new shoots are used for production of teas, the classic method is to pluck only “2 leaves and a ‘bud'” – rhymes with a familiar surname??? ☺️

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    1. I love watching the tea videos and seeing the richness of the soil bring forth the green plants. I did not know of the classic method “2 leaves and a bud” (Love that “budd”. Tea has always fascinated me ever since I walked into a tea room in my early 20’s. What a marvelous place – it was like I was transported to a faraway place. The aromas and sound of teacups clicking along with the muted conversations and laughter was unforgettable. Thank you for joining me for a cuppa. I am so excited that we celebrated the very first International Tea Day together. Hugs to you and Carina.

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  2. Thank you for inviting me to join you to celebrate the first International Tea Day! The videos are excellent and much of the information is new to me. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful fields of tea bushes and learning so much about all the countries and people who work so hard to produce the tea that we enjoy. I love my cup of tea while I read my book and any time during the day. A cup of tea with friends, or family is always a treat. I especially enjoy my cup of tea in the evening before going to bed.

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    1. I have been watching tea production videos and am amazed by the detail and care taken to pluck the leaves, which seems easy but is very complex. You must know exactly how to pluck the leaves and know when the leaves are ready for harvest. All the harvesting is down by hand, rather than by machine. When you know the story behind the cuppa, teatime becomes even more precious.


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