Drinking brewed tea is a ritual practiced by many cultures.
The Japanese have refined the tea ceremony into a highly ritualised art form known as chadō (茶道) – the Way of Tea.
At my office, my colleague Peter has practiced his own Australian tea ceremony using a sturdy metal teapot, tea strainer and a selection of Twinings Teas in tins.
[From the left: Lisa, Charles, Chris, Wong and Peter]
Peter would make tea around 10 am and I was invited to join the ritual as a member of the “Tea Club”. Taking tea in the morning with a snack is known as “elevenses”, but we drink tea at ten.
The making of the tea was announced by Peter clanging the lid of the tea pot which could be heard at the other end of the floor in our old office building in McClaren Street. Computer people like to assign multi-part names and an associated three-letter acronym (TLA) to things. The clink was soon known as the Teapot Signalling Protocol or TSP for short.
When we moved to the new office, the TSP could not be heard so Peter changed the announcement to an email message using Microsoft Outlook with the voting button enabled. Each morning around 10 am I would await Peter’s email with the subject line T. I would click Yes, send the email, then proceed to the kitchen with my teacup.
Peter has moved to our UK office and taken the tea pot with him. A new tea club has formed and the tradition carries on.
Lamingtons, tea mugs, and the metal teapot.
A tea mug label says so much about its owner!
iPhone photos provided by Lisa.