The Philosophy of Tea


The Philosophy of Tea is a companion volume to my book, The Philosophy of Coffee, part of the British Library’s The Philosophy of… series. This little book (just 112 pages) with beautiful illustrations sourced from the British Library collection, makes a perfect gift for tea lovers, covering the varieties of tea, its history and tea culture from around the world.

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The cover of The Philosophy of Tea, published by the British Library.The Philosophy of Tea, by Tony Gebely, is an entertaining and illuminating introduction to the history and culture of tea, starting with its origins in the Far East and covering the rituals of tea preparation and drinking around the world.

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.


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