It's cold again today, but it's a sunny winter weather. The air is dry, so you have to take care of your physical condition such as colds and flu! By the way, Mr. Kondo, who participated in the Isobuchi tea tour before and is currently studying abroad in England, has sent us a report on the local tea. It was interesting, so I will post it on my blog! I'm looking forward to the next report♪♪♪ Nice to meet you. My name is Naoko Kondo, and I have been indebted to Professor Isobuchi since I participated in the Sri Lanka tour five years ago. Since March last year, I have been in Cambridge, England for a tea holiday (?) called language study abroad. Cambridge, as you know, is an international city. Just by being here, you can meet people from various countries. I often go to European countries to visit the friends I made there, and I also have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the tea life in an ordinary English family. This time, I was given an opportunity by the teacher to tell you about the tea situation of people around the world, which I learned through these experiences. It would be great if I could tell you a story that will bring back a little memory during your tea time, without spoiling the taste of your tea. Italy (Northern Italy) "Do you add milk to your tea?" I have asked more than 20 Italians this question. And the answer I got was... 100% "NO". Tea + milk, this scheme is "impossible" and "disgusting", according to them. Furthermore, the words said "Why do you ask such a question?" I visited Suzara, Italy to visit a friend. So after the meal, they prepared homemade yogurt cake (a cake that has been made in this area for a long time) and tea. He put a stainless steel teapot directly on the fire and poured hot water into a cup with a tea bag in it. Furthermore, as you can see in the photo, a large size lemon is served. At home and in restaurants, it automatically came with a big lemon. It seems that "lemon tea" means "black tea" for them. Mainly in Italy, black tea (lemon tea) is preferred at breakfast, and coffee such as espresso is overwhelmingly drunk at other times. By the way, it is not common to enjoy tea or coffee with dessert after meals. Some people drink espresso (a small amount of strong coffee) after dessert. Because the stomach is full, the size of espresso seems to be just right. If you want lemon tea, go to Italy. This is my new tea formula.