Six Steps to Crafting an Afternoon Tea

Tea at Harrods, LondonI remember my first London afternoon tea at Harrods in 1979. Shelley and I queued nearly 30 minutes while waiting for the velvet rope to drop, allowing access to a three-tiered buffet of sweets that would make a regiment of Horse Guards swoon. The dessert trolleys held row after row of delicious pastries,…

The Tea Examiner of 1939

Official tea taster employed by the US government. Notice the spittoon close at hand.The country’s seven most important tea drinkers met on February 18, 1939, to tabulate what they thought of samples of the beverage they savored during five days of official tasting. They were chosen by Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace to select…