The History of Afternoon Tea
Far from a fancy brand of tea and originating in Latvia instead of England, Lauku Tea may not seem the type for afternoon tea. But we say "pish posh” to that. Lauku Tea is perfect for afternoon tea, a tradition which started in the 1830s, or so the story goes. From an NPR story entitled High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses:
According to the accepted legend, Anna Maria Russell, duchess of Bedford (and her hunger pangs) created the afternoon tea tradition sometime around the 1830s or 1840s. Back then, lunch for the upper crust was generally a light affair served at noon, and dinner occurred no earlier than 7:30 p.m.
As legend has it, during one long, food-less afternoon, the duchess felt hunger pangs and ordered tea and snacks to her bedroom chamber. The duchess' well-heeled friends began joining her in this post-lunch tea ritual, and the practice spread in aristocratic circles. Though some historical references call this ritual ‘low tea’—because the ladies would sit in low armchairs while sipping—afternoon tea was hardly a humble affair then. Nor is it today.
Read more about this tradition, as well as the difference between “high tea,” “low tea,” and “elevenses.”
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