Swapping news, forging ties, and de-stressing over a cup of tea is a centuries-old tradition from Turkey to Taiwan. And for great reasons. Sure, the world's most popular beverage after water might do your heart a favor or help fend off diabetes and cancer. But the special beauty of tea, whether it's English Earl Grey or Moroccan mint, doesn't just boil down to health stats, say Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss, authors of The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide: "It's about community."
Who can resist the way a cup warms your hands and soothes your psyche — or how a whiff perks you up at your desk? Break out the kettle to explore the whole world of tea. Aah.More
"Tea" might mean a late-morning break (called elevenses), a full-bore afternoon do, or the late-day high tea (served with food so substantial, it's practically dinner).
As in many countries, tea here is fuel for bond-athons. You basically can't buy a rug in Morocco without having a few cups of tea to sweeten the deal (and the relationship).