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Tea, with its warm, comforting embrace, is indeed the universal drink, born from the meeting of two worlds: the East and the West. This five-thousand-year-old beverage, both healthy and refreshing, is the most consumed drink after water, with over three billion tea-lovers worldwide.
Green, semi-fermented, black, smoked, mint or flower-infused, iced, in tea bags, sweetened, or even enriched with butter – tea is drunk in countless ways around the globe. From Chinese Gongfu tea to English Five O'clock tea, from Japanese Chanoyu to Russian samovar, or the Maghreb's mint tea, humans on every continent have developed essential tea-drinking rituals.
In Morocco, tea is far more than just a hot drink - it's an entire lifestyle. Even amidst life's changes and challenges, the warmth of hospitality endures: even the humblest individual living in the mountains will always offer a glass of mint tea. The simplicity of gestures, the cordiality of the welcome, and the spontaneous joy despite daily hardships all contribute to the captivating charm of the Moroccan people. Their words and actions are guided by a sense of honor and profound religious sentiment.
The art of tea in Morocco is a testament to this spirit. It's not just about brewing a beverage, it's about preserving a cultural tradition, a symbol of unity and hospitality. A cup of Moroccan mint tea offers not just refreshment, but a taste of Moroccan heritage and warmth. This Moroccan tea tradition is beautifully captured in Noufissa Kesser-Raji's book, 'The Art of Tea in Morocco', published in October 2003.
In essence, tea is a timeless language of welcome and connection that transcends borders and cultures, and nowhere is this more evident than in the heartwarming hospitality of Morocco.