Thursday, April 23, 2015

T = Tea and Tea Shops in Paris, French Faves - A to Z Challenge

A cup of Tea. . .join me for tea. . .how do you like your tea. . .tea for two. . .

TEA, even the word conjures the exotic, the fragrant, and the relaxing aromas of tea. How do I love thee? Well, let me see. . . there is Chinese tea, English Tea, French Tea, and Japanese Tea. We are discussing hot tea in this post, not iced tea,


Antique Bavarian Teacup, by DG Hudson

T = Tea and Tea Shops
A hot drink served in a porcelain or ceramic cup

The tea trade in France began to boom in the middle of the 17th Century. King Louis XIV, the Sun King, and the French East India Company searched distant lands for exotic goods, as did other countries. It was a time for exploration, a time to search for routes to the East. They wanted sources of tea, spices, silk and other goods.


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Following are a two well-known tea shops in Paris. The tea cups featured in this post are from my own collection.


Mariage Frères


30-32 rue du Bourg-Tibourg
75004 Paris
France, Marais, 4th Arr.

"Mariage Frères ** is a French gourmet tea company, based in Paris. It was founded on June 1, 1854 by brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage.

For over 130 years the company was managed by four generations of Mariage tea merchants who maintained a wholesale-only business from the Parisian warehouse.  The first tea emporium and tea salon, located on rue du Bourg-Tibourg, opened in the same building where Henri Mariage had his offices over 150 years ago.

Today, the company operates over 30 Mariage Frères points-of-sale within France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.  There are four Mariage Frères tearooms in Paris."

(This) **Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License


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Real Old Willow and Chinese Motif Tea Cups, by DG Hudson


A Proper Cup of Tea. . .

My first cup of hot tea was from a Canadian friend, when I was new to Canada. She was born here. The next time, a couple of Scottish ladies I worked with told me exactly how to make the perfect cup of tea and what to have with it. I've had tea at the Empress in Victoria, BC, with crumpets and genteel white-haired British ladies dressed to the nines. 

I soon discovered that nearly everyone has their own way of having tea. Some like it steeped a little, some like it steeped a lot. There are delicate teas, smoky teas, fragrant teas, green teas and black teas. There are blends, and there are different ways to drink it - with cream or milk, plain, with lemon, and evaporated milk or condensed milk.  And now there are special varieties of tea at coffee/tea shops which don't even taste like tea (more like spice).



Porcelain Antique Teacup, by DG Hudson


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Angelina


Angelina, Tea Salon, WC


Founded in 1903 by Austrian confectioner, Antoine Rumpelmayer (1832-1914), Angelina has been a Parisian institution for more than a century. Located beneath the arcades of the busy rue de rivoli, across from the Tuileries gardens, this tearoom is most famous for its African Hot Chocolate, a thick, luscious concoction that has been compared to a melted chocolate bar.


Elegant service in a Belle Epoque decor, designed by architect Edouard-Jean Niermans, make Angelina a popular destination among tourists and locals.  Sundays are especially busy and there's often a line-up at the door.

Note: Marcel Proust and Coco Chanel were regulars here. 

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Do you like hot tea? Have you had tea in Paris or London? Can you get a hot tea where you live? Would you like a drink that tastes like a melted chocolate bar?


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Mariage Freres

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariage_Fr%C3%A8res

http://www.mariagefreres.com/

Angelina
http://www.chocoparis.com/angelina/


A list of more Tea Rooms in Paris



History of Tea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tea


France's silent tea revolution

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26962095

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11 comments:

  1. Funny you did this topic today b/c for some reason when I woke up I was thinking about tea, which made my mind drift to the Empress Hotel. I certainly had every opportunity to participate in high tea there but I never did because I wasn't about to pack extra, nice clothes to do tea there. I read that there was a dress code. I figure if I wasn't allowed to just drop in, in my shorts and tshirt, then I wasn't going to do it at all. I'm not a fan of hot tea anyway. I'll drink it when I'm cold but it's not something I drink regularly. Maybe 4 cups a year.

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    1. Great minds, you know, JoJo. . . I'm sure that dress code is to satisfy a few Victoria BC matrons who emigrated from the UK. We got 'dirty looks' from those genteel ladies when my sis and I and my daughters were there in dressy summer casual. . . but the staff didn't care. I drink more coffee myself but I like tea sometimes too, not strong. Earl Grey is a favorite.

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  2. My landlady who is French and travels back four times s year brings me tea from Mariage Freres. My favorite is one with blue flowers. I would love to try the 'melted chocolate barm drink.

    Your tea cup collection is beautiful.

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    1. Lucky you, tea from France and from one of the best places! Those tea cups were from my Saturday forays into antique shops. . .

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  3. I'm not much of a tea drinker I'm afraid. Maybe once in a great while I'll have iced tea if it has enough lemon in it.

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    1. I like my iced tea with lemon in it too (I am originally from the south. . .) but in British Columbia we do like our hot tea now and again.

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  4. I could spend forever in those tea shops. I love. I drink it all the time...more than coffee and soda. And I love tea china. :) Your collections are stunning!

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    1. Thanks Chrys, tea shops are a lovely place to spend time, and perhaps not as 'hyper' as the coffee houses, although I like those too.

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  5. Hi DG - I drink ordinary tea usually, but do enjoy visiting friends or relatives and having their tea .. it's such a variable 'meal' now .. I have a friend who used to put on tea demonstrations for old folk in the Nursing Centre/Care Homes ... they loved it .. and it was the works .. she brought the china - good cups etc .. and a variety of teas for everyone to try ...

    A good tea is a real treat .. I'd love to try one of these tea shops in Paris one day .. cheers as I finish my breakfast instant coffee - peasant me! Hilary

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    1. My favorite tea is Earl Grey, Hilary, but I drink ordinary tea as well sometimes. Good tea isn't reasonably priced. I'm sure I'd have a fave French tea as I like most things French (their soap, their cosmetics, style, their wine, their art, buildings, etc) I like tea time, but I am also a coffee drinker.

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