Fine teas are such a delight that sharing them with friends and family seems an act of pure kindness. On Best Friends Day (always June 8th), therefore, it is very appropriate to invite your BFF (“best friend forever” in social media speak) over for a nice cuppa Keemun or even a round of oolong or pu-erh infusions. Whichever you choose, be sure to provide information to help your friend better understand and appreciate the experience.
What Is a Best Friend
We all have friends, people we know casually or even more in depth. Our best friends (yes, you can have more than one) are often those we have known a long time, people who can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice, who love, laugh, support, and cherish, in both good and bad times, that we can call up at any time of the day, laugh with for no reason at all, and confide in. Most of all, someone you can spend time with and share secrets, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and disappointments, as well as special moments. Best friends can be hard to find, but life wouldn’t be the same without them. And yes, your BFF can be your spouse!
Your best friends can change over time. That’s only natural. We learn and grow and change through the years. So the things that drew you and those best friends together may no longer be a part of your life or theirs. No matter. You find others who share those new interests and ideas. Hopefully, tea is one of them!
Tea with Your BFF
Thank your best friends for being in your life by doing something special for them, such as sharing some tea. It can be one you know they like or it can be a new one that you’re pretty sure they will like. Just make it a really special event for them and you.
These photos illustrate some options:
A Gongfu Style Tea Time with Your BFF
Gongfu (or kungfu) mainly just means “done with skill.” Your gongfu tea time with your friend, as long as it is done with skill, can be casual or more formal.
- Set up your tea table and accoutrements.
- Select a tea (you may want your friend there to help in the selection).
- Talk through each step with your friend, if he/she is not already familiar with the process.
- Let your friend smell the tea aroma and assist in the various steps involved in preparing and enjoying the tea.
The general idea is clear: share the wonders of tea with your best friend on this day, and your friendship will be sure to grow stronger!