Tea World

Lesson 31

Tea Tradition in New Zealand

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British missioneries in the early 19th century are believed to have introduced the tea-brewing practice to the Kiwis, and by the end of the century, tea had replaced all the beverages of choice for breakfast across all classes. The rise of tea gardens during this time promoted tea drinking to a social activity, which gave men and women the perfect chance to mingle in public without drawing gossip. Inspired by their British roots, "afternoon tea" became a staple, and New Zealand developed its own  high tea ceremony, which includes elegant settings, delectable finger sandwiches, and mouth-watering sweets. 

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