Nkandla ”CommuniTEA”: How a cup of tea became a national key trend!

Tea has suddenly become South Africa’s favorite beverage! (Second only to alcohol) Thanks to the Nkandla ”CommuniTea”, tea has become a national trend that changed the course of history, and become a cultural staple throughout the country. But how did this all come to be? How did tea end up connecting politics and culture? And how in the world do you make a perfect cup?

Whether you’re a fan of former President Jacob Zuma or not, one has to hand it over to him, the guy is definitely a trendsetter!

While we don’t have the answer as to why the controversial former president met with the likes of Cassper Nyovest or Bheki Cele, we will be heading on a journey that will give you a greater appreciation for tea’s connective power. These leaves have had an impact on SA’s influencer market more than we realized.

Julius Malema used to sing the ”pay back the money” song to JZ, so much that we ended up dreaming about it. But thanks to a cup of tea, we saw him shake hands with his former sworn enemy. Malema was accompanied by Advocate Dali Mpofu and Zuma’s allies in the African National Congress (ANC), Tony Yengeni and Mzwandile Masina when tea was served at the former leader’s Nkandla home.

Soon afterwards, Cassper Nyovest (real name Refiloe Maele Phoolo) wanted a sip of that tea and had to visit the Nkandla CommuniTea (excuse the pun repetition, it’s just too funny!). Apparently that meeting took place on Monday.

It wasn’t long after meeting up with the former president that Cassper decided to have another cup of tea with Drip Footwear owner Lekau Sehoana

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Image: Twitter/RM Phoolo

Not long ago, Police Minister and African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) member Bheki Cele also met with former President Jacob Zuma on Thursday for that famous tea.

So, how do we make the perfect cup of tea?

Now, we know there are a lot of different tea drinking traditions across the world. And a lot of them come with their own particular cultural customs and rituals. But, let’s be real, a fairly common daily ritual for a lot of tea drinkers is a quick tea bag thrown in with some water, and maybe some added milk and sugar. So, how can we make this generic “cup of tea” a little more satisfying?

Well, when it comes to a quick cuppa, the Brits became experts. There is actually some fun science that we can bring to the table that puts the mythology of the “perfect cup” to rest!

This great piece from the BBC helps us learn to brew the very best cup of tea on the go! (And the worst.)

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