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Ländertee China - Jasmin Tee
LCJA

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Origin: China / Fujian
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In the Chinese tea culture, three historical schools can be identified. During the Tang dynasty tea was ground and boiled in water with a pinch of salt and occasionally other ingredients, until the liquid reached the desired colour. During the Song Dynasty the art of tea has been refined; hot water was poured over the ground tea and was then foamed with a bamboo whisk. This way of preparing tea still is at the heart of the Japanese tea ceremony.

It is only during the Ming Dynasty that the entire leaves were used for preparing tea. The Gong Fu Cha, as the Chinese ceremony is called, was developed in order to capture and appreciate the entire range of aromas of the tea. Traditionally, Gong Fu not only designates the martial art (Kung Fu), but every activity which, over time and with practice, will lead to the mastering of a skill.

Jasmine tea is one of the most popular teas in China, with its pleasant sweet and flowery smell well embedded in the fruity, slightly bitter taste of the green tea.

At the end of the production of the tea, the leaves are placed on columns of trays and between two trays of tea a tray of fresh jasmine flowers is inserted, which scents the tea. This process is repeated until the tea leaves are saturated with the scent of the jasmine flowers.
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Ländertee England - Afternoon Tea
LEAF

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Origin: Swiss tea blend
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England began to import tea from China in the 17th century. Initially, tea was only affordable for the upper classes and was considered a status symbol.

When in 1783 the high taxes on tea were reduced, tea also became affordable to the middle classes, which had been drinking coffee until then.

At that time, the tea-trading monopoly lay with the British East India Company. During the 18th century England became the center of the European tea-trade and it was during the 19th century that England began to grow tea in its Indian colonies, in order to reduce the trade deficit arising from the tea trade with China.

Nowadays the Five o'clock Tea has become a ritual, finding its origins in the beginning of the 19th century, with Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who started having a light snack between breakfast, which was taken early and dinner, which was eaten late in the evening. Over time these light meals became an occasion to invite friends and serve delicate pastries. It is thus that the Five o'clock tea, which today is the bedrock of the English tea culture, came into existence.
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Ländertee Indien - Chai Gewürz
LICH

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Origin: Gewürzmischung indischer Art
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The origin of tea lies in China. In the northern dialects it is called chà, while in the south, the character for tea is pronounced té and in Cantonese, its name is chàh.

Since the trade routes of the Dutch sailors lead to the southern provinces of China, it is the pronunciation used in these provinces that was first introduced in Europe.

The northern pronunciation on the other hand found its way to India, Persia, Arabia, the Ottoman empire and Russia over the Silk road; also, it was on this route that tea came into touch with other customs and ingredients such as sugar and spices.

In India the Hindi word for tea is Chai or MasalaChai, Masala meaning blend, often referring to a blend of spices, that is first boiled in water and to which a strong black tea, milk and/or sugar are added and which is then boiled again. There is no set recipe for Chai and every family and street vendor, from Kolkata to Mumbai, from Delhi to Tamil Nadu, has his or her own recipe and way of preparing tea.

Do try the blend of spices from Länggass-Tee by following the included instructions.
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Ländertee Japan - Maccha Pulver
LJMA

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Origin: Japan / Fukuoka
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70g / 21,00 CHF
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It was in the 12th century, while studying in China, that Zen monks from Japan first encountered Tea. They greatly appreciated its intense taste but also its stimulating effect on the mind, which helped them in their long hours of meditation. It is for these qualities that they brought it back to Japan, where the originally Chinese way of drinking ground tea powder has been refined ever since.

In Japanese, Maccha means ground tea powder and nowadays it is a defining element of the Japanese tea ceremony. In this ceremony esthetics and elegance are combined with continuous improvement of oneself. Simultaneously, preparing tea is a highly refined ritual for the encounter between host and guests.

The spirit of tea is a spirit of peace and the culture of tea is a culture of hospitality. - Sen Sôhitsu XV, former master of the Urasenke Tea-school in Kyoto -

In the recent past, Maccha has found many uses in the drinking of tea in today's Japan. It is drunk chilled in summer or with milk and has become a common ingredient in cooking and baking.
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Ländertee Nordafrika - Thé à la Menthe
LNME

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Origin: Swiss tea and herbal blend
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During the 16th century tea is carried from China to Egypt following the Silk Road, passing through Pakistan, Iran and the Arabic peninsula.

But it is only in the 19th century that tea finds it way to Northern Africa, after the British began importing their tea through the ports of Mogador and Tangier. Once there, it is quickly combined with the most popular drink of that time, a herbal infusion of mint or vermouth and is then rapidly spread by the nomad people throughout western Africa.

Ever since then, offering tea has become a way of living in the entire Arab world and particularly so among the Tuareg, who have developed a ritual of preparing tea of their own.

The Chinese green tea is boiled three times on charcoal and upon the third boil, a pinch of mint, lavender or vermouth is added. Then the tea is mixed with sugar by pouring it in a large arc and then poured into small glasses.

The first infusion is served bitter as life, the second is strong as love and the third is sweet as death.

Let yourself be carried away into the desert by this Thé à la Menthe from Länggass-Tee.
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Ländertee Ostfriesland - Ostfriesen Tee
LOOS

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Origin: Swiss tea blend
Height: m.a.s.l
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It was in the year 1610 that tea was first imported to Europe by the East Frisian Company and it was probably soon afterwards that east-Frisian Sailors brought tea to their country of origin. The drinking of tea spreads throughout the country during the 18th century, initially encouraged by Frederick II. But following the failure of the Dutch East India Company, he tried to make his people lose the newly adopted habit and in order to do so, he suggested to brew more beer, as all the ingredients for this could be produced within the country. He enacted a law prohibiting the drinking of tea, but the people reacted with increased smuggling, civil disobedience and secret tea drinking.

Nowadays the Teetied, as the tea time is called, is celebrated with refined tableware, Kluntje and Wolkje. A large piece of white candied sugar is placed at the bottom of the cup, then the strongly brewed east-Frisian blend of tea is poured over it - listen to the crackling of the sugar while doing this - and it is then topped off with a cloud of cream, delicately placed on the surface with a cream spoon. Traditionally, the tea is drunk in three sips without stirring it. The first sip is soft, warm and creamy, the second is a sip bitter and strong tea and the third sip is sweet. This custom dates from a time when sugar was expensive, as it permits using the same lump of sugar for several cups of tea. Hence, drinking less than three cups is considered impolite and disrespectful.
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Ländertee Russland - Rauch Tee
LRRA

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Origin: Swiss tea blend
Height: m.a.s.l
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Tea has been known in Russia since the middle of the 15th century, but it was only one hundred and fifty years later that it was regularly imported to Moscow.

Beginning from the mid-18 hundreds, drinking tea has become a phenomenon that took hold of the entire empire, encompassing all classes.

While tea was initially shared within the family, over time, drinking tea became a social act that has been much described in the Russian literature of the 19th and 20th century.

At the heart of the Russian tea tradition is the samovar, whose ever-simmering belly is a symbol of sharing, conviviality and warmth.

One of the most favored teas in Russia is the smoked tea. It is a classical Chinese black tea that is smoked in a smokehouse at the end of the production. The taste that the tea acquires in that process is very variable, ranging from tastes of bacon to that of pine forests.
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Ländertee Schweiz - Eistee
LSEI

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Origin: Switzerlander Mischung
Height: m.a.s.l
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125g / 11,00 CHF
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Ice tea has been invented during the world exhibition in St. Louis/Missouri in 1904. The Englishman Richard Blechynden who was responsible for the stall of the tea merchants, was mandated to convince the americans to drink indian black tea. This proved to be a very difficult task, given the high summerly temperatures. He ingeniously decides to pour the hot tea over ice cubes, this ceating the iced tea, which rapidly becomes a magnet of the exhibition.

In Europe, Ice tea becomes popular in the 90ies and in the following, we describe how the Eistee from Länggass-Tee made it came to Bern.

Länggass-Tee was founded in 1983 in the former workers quarter of town, which, at that ime, was still a quite place of the city of Bern, which sits loosly held in the loop of the river Aare. In the hot summer, only the most arduous tea-drinkers find tehir way to the shop, everyone else is found in the river, where the people dot the water. This, of course, calls for an iced tea.

To think that ice tea is simply tea gone cold, is quite mistaken. When the tea is shock-cooled, it keeps its colour, its rich aroma and its various components. The same is true of ice teas that have been cold infused, instead of pouring hot water over them.
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Ländertee Taiwan - Dongding Oolong
LTDO

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Origin: Taiwan / Nantou
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Tea plant varietal:
80g / 21,00 CHF
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The history of tea in Taiwan is relatively recent and greatly influenced by the European, Chinese and Japanese tea trades.

One finds tea plants growing wildly in central an eastern Taiwan and it was from the 17th century that tea has been produced, but it is only starting with the arrival of seedlings from China that the taiwanese tea production takes off.

Then, in the mid 19 hundreds the Scottish merchant John Dodd founds the Dodd&co.

company in the northern part of the island. Together with his Chinese partner, Dodd imports large quantities of tea seedlings, as well as craftsmen of the tea production from Xiamen in China. These craftsmen teach the local tea growers their knowledge concerning growing and producing tea. The famous Formosa tea is born and is being exported as a luxury good into the world. In 1869 the Dodd& co company ship more than 210'000 kg of Formosa-Oolong to New York city.

During the fifty years of Japanese occupation, the growing and producing of tea is expanded and a system of quality control is introduced.

At the same time the Japanese government prohibits the export of taiwanese green tea, in order to reduce the competition for the japanese green tea.

In 1970 the Taiwanese tea production makes up 75-85% of the global output; only four years later the export figures drop considerably due to the economice development.
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Ländertee Vietnam - Tra Da
LVTR

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Origin: Vietnam
Height: m.a.s.l
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Vietnam, once part of French Indochina, has a long tea tradition. In the north one finds a tea culture that is over 800 years old, rich in traditions and very much influenced by its northerly neighbour China. In southern Vietnam it is mostly the French colonialists that start producing black tea in the highlands. During the chaotic war-times in the 60ies Vietnam is turned from a blossoming and rich country to a poverty-stricken nation. This desolate situation hits its bottom in the 80ies, and since then also the tea production gets systematically more attention.

At the ancient court of Annam (Vietnam) tea has been drunk long before the arrival of the French. The imperial tea gardens were situated in the mountains to the north of Hanoi. The fact that Vietnam is again counted among the tea producing countries is due to the considerable effort of today's tea producers. Vietnamese tea is subject to meticulous controls pertaining to residues, thus ensuring the constant quality that is required by the international tea trade. Nowadays, from north to south, tea is ubiqitous and Tra Da, as the refreshing green tea on ice is called, is an important part of the welcoming culture of Vietnam.
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