Tea with Jane Austen

Mar 12, 2019 | tea, tea event, tea gifts

My daughter hopes to attend the Seventh Annual Jane Austen Summer Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. This is a four-day symposium which, each summer, focuses on one of Jane Austen’s works. This year the symposium is entitled “Pride and Prejudice & Its Afterlives.”  Sounds like great fun, right? And there is no doubt in my mind that tea will come into the conversation of the symposium at some point. But I decided to take this tea matter into my own hands.  I am donating a “Tea With Jane Austen” gift basket to the silent auction which raises money annually for the symposium.

The silent auction gift basket will include the following items:

I have had such fun putting this silent auction gift basket together. I included some of my favorite tea accessories: the measuring spoon, timer, and tea filters, all of which are super helpful and convenient to use. I, of course, ordered double copies of each of the books so that I would have one of each to keep and one to give. And then the teapot, teacups, and linens are a no brainer. I consulted with Bruce Richardson, America’s foremost tea historian, to learn what teas would have been drunk in Jane Austen’s time. That is how I settled on the congou black tea. Finally, I created a small notebook of articles about Jane Austen and tea. For example, in this selection of readings I included the text of NPR’s “Tea Tuesday” feature from 2017 entitled “It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged that Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea.”

If any of this piques your curiosity, follow the links and check out the summer program website at janeaustensummer.org. It sounds fascinating to me!