Tea time began as a “lightbulb” moment for Tupelo Honey Teas’ owner, Danielle. She is a stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious kids, so of course she needs her morning cup of caffeine. However, after some time she found taking about fifteen to twenty minutes in the most hectic part of her day seemed to calm her mind and spirit. She started making a cup of tea every day at about two in the afternoon. The process of brewing the water, choosing her tea, smelling it, hearing it, inhaling it as it steeped and then sipping it was all meditative. The afternoons seemed to go by easier and without as much stress.
Danielle then began to think back to her days working in the office. How smokers got a fifteen minute break twice a day to get their fix. How she never took those breaks even as a non-smoker because she thought more time spent working meant better work ethic. She then thought of how much stress she was always under and how her work ethic though dedicated, seemed to wane the later the day got. She realized maybe the non-smokers in the working world should seize those fifteen minutes to make a cup of tea.
It was this idea that instigated Danielle research on Tea Time. Tea Time began in England in the 1700s when only two meals were served, Breakfast and Dinner. Dinners were usually late and heavy. To fill in the gap, Tea Time was established. It was a time in late afternoon where people would drink tea and eat what we call “heavy hors d’ouvres”. Ladies of the day began turning it into a social event where they would hand out their calling card and host “Teas”. Groups of ladies would meet, chat about the current affairs, gossip, and drink tea. Danielle thought this was quite innovative, and it is a tradition that has continued with women, though the tea is usually swapped out for beer, wine or cocktails. None the less, Tea Time, she thought, should be something reinstated in our hectic world.