A cup of tea is a popular way of taking a break from a daily routine. It is a tasty and warm form of relaxation known all over the world. There are different kinds of tea known to man. The way it is brewed and drunk varies almost in every country.
Morocco is known for its mint tea. Visitors as well as locals indulge in sipping this special drink. It is renowned not only for its’ taste, but also the way it is served, often in special small cups either engraved or bearing decorative ornaments. A pack of Moroccan tea cups makes a perfect gift idea.
Tea brewing rituals vary in different parts of the world. Moroccans have their way of preparing a tea. Before you start putting a kettle on, please ensure you have a fresh bunch of mint – an essential ingredient that distinguishes a Moroccan tea from another kind.
Recipe on how to make a Moroccan tea:
- Put two teaspoons of green tea into a medium size teapot
- Pour in a bit of hot water
- Empty the tea pot and keep safe the first cup of a nice, golden colour liquid
- Pour in more hot water
- Empty the tea pot and dispose of the gray mixture
- Pour in more hot water as well as the first cup’s contents in and put the teapot on a fire
- Brew for approximately 10-15 min
- Just before taking the teapot off the fire, insert 3-4 twigs of fresh mint into the mixture. If you put the mint too early it will burn and you will get a lot less minty flavour. Wait a while before serving.
Moroccan tea brewing involves green tea, sugar (optional), mint and other herbs. To make a perfect cup of a Moroccan tea you should equip yourself with a Moroccan teapot. This extraordinary pot will not only be used for brewing while sitting on an open flame, but will enhance the looks of your kitchen. The shining piece of a tea set will look exquisite on your table.
When serving the tea, please remember to put back the first cup of tea back to the teapot. It helps mixing the drink, especially if there is sugar in it. Moroccans like their tea very sweet, but you can make your own version bearing in mind numerous warnings about sugar intake and its impact on our health.
The Moroccan ritual of pouring tea involves lifting the tea pot very high and aiming for the cup. It helps create what is known as the crown of the tea, a foam floating on top of the mixture.