Hygge (HEW-guh) is a Danish word used to describe a cozy feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out. It evokes feelings of charm, comfort and contentment. For tea lovers, a cozy cup of tea fits perfectly into the concept. Here are a few classic examples of how tea can be used to enhance the feeling of Hygge around the world.
If you’ve had green tea in a sushi restaurant, it was probably this blend of an everyday Japanese green tea called “bancha” combined with roasted brown rice, some grains of which have popped. The combo makes a savory, nourishing tea that’s as soothing to the soul as chicken noodle soup.
North Africa: Moroccan Mint
In Morocco, mint tea transmits an aroma of hospitality, served anytime there is a gathering. Perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or appetite suppressant, Moroccan Mint green tea also makes an excellent digestif, or after-dinner drink.
North America: Pumpkin Spice Chai
There’s nothing that hints more at harvest and cozy in the U.S. than the traditional pumpkin! Each year, pumpkin pies, lattes and even candles can be found everywhere as we bring on our own American versions of fall and winter hygge.