There are two philosophies for the enjoyment of tea. One is the Way of Simplicity, in which tea is prized as a sustaining hot beverage. For this, you need nothing more than a way to brew the tea, and a vessel to drink from (preferably a mug to keep it hot). For tea as a meal, the Way of Simplicity (as inherited from the Atlantic Isles) traditionally called for bread (preferably toasted) and butter. Personally, I like fruit and cheese.
Often, the consumption of tea is more elaborate. The Way of Celebration prizes tea as an exquisite beverage worthy of its own utensils and vessels, its cups and pots, caddies and tongs. There are special foods, too: finger sandwiches with the crusts removed, or scones with thick cream and jam.
Both Ways of Tea bring all the pleasure and comfort to be found in ritual. They mark the passage of time, whether it is hours in the day, or day to be remembered. Where would we be without them?
I love tea! And, wow, you can get Stroopwafels where you are?
My grocery store has been carrying Stroopwafels, but in a special display, so I’m not sure how long it will last.