The best meal, between meals.
Who doesn’t love a good afternoon tea party? What about the simple (yet necessary) mid-morning tea break, or even post-supper tea? Tea time has become a cross-cultural ritual throughout the world. To some, it is a stress reliever, a meal, a therapist and even a social event.
Tea originated in Southwest China, where it was used as a medicinal drink. It was popularised as a recreational drink during the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907CE), and tea drinking spread to other East Asian countries. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th century. During the 17th century, drinking tea became fashionable among Britons, who started large-scale production and commercialisation of the plant in India to bypass the Chinese monopoly.
But tea time is more than just about a therapeutic drink…it’s a meal! Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
In South Africa, tea time is accompanied by various snacks, savoury and sweet. From sandwiches and samoosas to scones and cakes, and of course biscuits and cookies, tea time gives you that boost you need to help you through your daily activities.
We’re huge on tea time at Gorima’s! We have the widest range of delicious teas sourced from the finest merchants around the world. It doesn’t end there, because it just isn’t tea time without our deliciously decadent butter biscuits and sweetmeats, or our delicious ready-to-make savoury snacks, like samoosas and patha rolls. And if you’d rather make your tea time treats from scratch, Gorima’s baking range will bring out your inner patisserie chef.
Get down to your favourite Gorima’s to make your tea break great.