Lately, I have been on a bit of a kick for Africa. I feel especially excited with the task to let the world know how remarkable African culture is. I still have quite a bit to learn myself but it’s a journey that I am ready to take. It’s all about enriching our lives and our perspectives. More personally and hard to admit, I am excited to stop seeing Africa as a whole and dig into the unique qualities of each individual country just as I would with Europe. People do not mash together French, Italian or Greek culture. We all know them uniquely and this is my goal with Africa. I want know the differences between each country’s cultural expression.
I have been focusing my attention to Morocco, a north African country. Morocco surprisingly gets a lot of love from tourists however due to the unique architecture, bold cuisine, and spirited colors. I found myself drooling over Free People’s recent Morocco themed holiday campaign and sifting through recipes, fashion and music. It’s been quite a ride! Moroccan tea glasses stole my heart! If I was still in college, I probably would call them colored shot glasses and be baffled that tea goes in there rather than alcohol. I continued to find more and more recipes boasting the rich flavor of traditional Moroccan mint tea. I decided to give it a shot. I was missing something though. Moroccan tea glasses. It’s kind of like trying to enjoy a Moscow Mule in a plastic tumbler cup rather than in a proper copper mug. It just doesn’t feel the same.
I set out to find the perfect tea glasses. They typically came in at about $10 a glass in various set sizes of 4 to 6. Since it’s only my husband and I, a 4 count would do the trick. Can you imagine? Everyone meets at their local coffee shop but it would be a fantastic memory to throw a few comfy pillows on the ground, grab some light incense and enjoy making a fresh pot of tea together. If you’re looking to have a true Moroccan experience, perfect for coffee-date substitutions, here is a suggestion set to invest in:
Tools and Appliances
- 1 tablespoon gunpowder green tea
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 handful of mint
- 6 cups bowling water
- In a kettle, bring water to a boil.
- Clean and prepare your teapot. Place your loose tea directly in the teapot.
- Add one cup of boiling water to your teapot. Keep additional water in heated in kettle.
- Allow the tea to steep for one minute.
- Pour fresh tea into a glass and set aside.
- Pour another cup of boiling water into the tea pot and swish around the teapot to clear contents. Immediately discard the rinse.
- Add the mint, sugar, and first glass of tea to your teapot.
- Place teapot over heat and allow to simmer.
- Pour your tea and enjoy.
- Garnish with mint leaves as an optional way to enhance the display.
Note: for additional froth, raise the teapot high above your tea glass as you pour.
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