More widely shared than coffee or wine, tea is the world’s most socially shared drink. Join us for our event series to learn about African Tea Traditions.
What is the most popular drink in the world after plain water? It’s tea! More widely shared than coffee or wine, tea is the world’s most socially shared drink. Tea even has its own time zone, “Tea Time.” True tea (made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant) originated in China thousands of years ago. True tea contains caffeine and is distinguished from herbal teas, beverages made from the infusion of herbs, spices or other plant material that is entirely caffeine free.
Tea is widely consumed all over the African continent where it is integrated into a myriad of cultural feasts and ceremonies. Chai (black tea with milk and spices) is popular in East Africa. Red Bush or Rooibos (an herbal tea) reigns supreme in Southern Africa, Bisap also known as Kirkade, made from hibiscus, is a favorite in West and North Africa. Mint tea is widely consumed in North and West Africa alike.