ETHIOPIAN SPICED TEA

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I’ve always been in awe about all of the many cultures from around the world who have their own special tea traditions. It’s so interesting that people from different regions of the planet, some thousands of miles away from each other, created their own variations of traditions, styles and blends of the same plant. Camellia sinensis, the tea plant is the connector of all of these people. It has been a commonality of many civilizations and I find that totally fascinating. Be it Japan, China, Tibet, India, Egypt or Britain, they all utilized the same plant in so many different ways. Some still carry these traditions to this day. Most of us are aware that Ethiopia is known for their coffee history, but they are also known for their unique tea, called Ethiopian Spiced Tea. It’s made of spices such as cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, etc. I also like to add a little orange peel to smooth out all of the spices. It creates a soothing blend and the hint of spice is mild and bright at the same time. The spices are naturally decaffeinated, making it perfect for sipping on a cold day and throughout the evening.

If you’d like to add some kick with caffeine, black tea can also be used. I recommend adding Ethiopian black tea. It heightens the exotic flavor of blend. It’s mesmerizing. I also like to add a little bit of milk to my spiced tea. Typically I go for almond milk but it’s also delicious with a nice heavy full-fat milk or cream. I encourage you to experiment and find your favorite way to make your own blend. I’ve shared mine below. Let me know what you think!

ethiopian spiced tea

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of cardamom
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 tablespoon of cloves
  • 1/8 tablespoon of orange peel
  • Warm bread or cake (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small mason jar, combine the ingredients and mix well to blend.
  2. Portion 1 teaspoon into a tea bag or tea ball. Pour boiled water (8 ounces per teaspoon) over the tea and allow it to steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Serve with warm bread or cake (optional)
  4. Enjoy!

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