Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century is an evolution of Dilmah’s 8 year
journey with the ‘Real High Tea Challenge’. Because Afternoon Tea is not just
about tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches, there are several dimensions to
it. And whilst ultimately the objective is to present great taste, to present
goodness in terms of the wellness aspects in tea, but also purpose in terms of
doing something that impacts on the lives of someone else.
The Cultural Dimension
Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century shall be governed by
specific cultural attributes, emphasizing local tradition, cultural and
historical heritage in order to add that dimension to the guest experience.
The Personal Dimension
A key element that would enhance the experience of afternoon tea for guests is
the authenticity and individuality in the teas, paired foods and so on. A
personal element could involve a family tradition or a recipe from that has been
The Culinary Dimension
Excellence in the quality of ingredients, technique and the
outcome of all sensory aspects are required.
The Mixology Dimension
Excellence in the selection of spirits and their combination
is a must in creating the perfect experience.
The Sustainability Dimension
Ingredients, techniques and all aspects of the preparation and presentation of
Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century must be aligned to environmental, economic
and social priorities, ensuring that choice of ingredients, culinary techniques
do not in any way compromise any of these elements or the interests and
aspiration of the guest.
The selection and presentation of teas must be made with knowledge of the
specific terroir, perfect preparation and service, with clear expression of the
terroir of each. Respect for the teas and their specific characteristics in
relation to their appearance, aroma, taste and texture needs to be maintained
for the service of tea in any form, even when used as an ingredient.
The 7th dimension is the combination of the cultural, personal, culinary,
mixology, sustainability and tea dimension which need to be harmonious with the
other in order that the tea maintains a harmonious combination with food, or
the beverage with which it is served.
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