If you follow my travels in recent years, you know it’s a drink that I love more than anything: the tea . I drank ten liters in China and wood always with much pleasure on the Old Continent.

But Mali is no slouch in the art of tea. Malians drink a lot of tea, but not exactly as it is drunk in Asia or Europe, nor quite as he drank in Morocco. So let me tell you …

The preparation of the Malian tea

To drink tea in Mali, some utensils are necessary, but we must also and above all time … count at least thirty minutes for preparation, knowing that this time can carefree stretch up to one hour, two hours and can -being three.
for tools, you will need two teapots, glasses two (or three or four), green tea (sold by small packet of 25 grams in all the shops of Bamako ), sugar (the equivalent of a full glass), charcoal and ask what the teapot on coal.

First we will boil the water in the teapot first on coal, we will add tea and sugar, it will boil everything very slowly. Then we will place the tea in the teapot second. We will prepare the second tea by adding sugar and water in the teapot first (you follow?) And deliver it on coal. Then will “froth” the first tea, serving tea very high, then by pouring tea from a glass in the other. Once there are enough foam in the glass, we redo the first warm tea in the teapot on coal (another teapot will be set aside for a few minutes).

The first tea is then ready to be served. And drinking. We can then start preparing the second tea, following exactly the same steps as the first. The second tea is sometimes followed by a third …

The art (and how) the Malian tea
The art (and how) the Malian tea

The tea will be served by the person who prepared and used in the first person you most respect (the guest, the oldest person etc.). If prompted (e) with friends or family, there is a good chance that you are always served first, as I could be for three weeks! All present are served, even use a small amount each …

Malian tea around

Usually the tea is drunk in seconds, too fast for my taste compared to the time it takes to prepare.
Before I went to Mali, I had already drunk (and enjoyed) the Malian tea, but I n ‘had not perceived in the social aspect. Because there is a most important aspect of the Malian tea. Tea preparation time is an opportunity to meet with friends or family. We meet, we gossiped, we joke around tea. One can even spend whole evenings around the two teapots …

The brother of Mr. tells me such that it often finds his grin Friday and Saturday nights for tea. The grin? Before writing this article, I thought the word was spelled as “grain”, it is not. The grin means a group of friends, but also a place of socialization, exchanges and meetings. So Mr. tells me about his “grin” to describe his childhood friends and his brother “finds his grin” when he goes out at night. To return to our subject, tea is a central element of the grin, which then settles in front of the door of a friend and the merry band motto all evening over tea, listening to music or playing a board game (below the old Monopoly) …

One cannot speak of tea without mentioning one last social aspect that accompanies “scrape tea” Ka gnèdjouguouya … My dear husband introduced me to this practice during our stay Bamako. In France, “scratching” sometimes cigarettes, and many in Mali can “scratch” of tea … If you pass a person preparing tea and you see that it is about to be served, you can simply ask what you serve a drink. And you rarely refuse – especially if you are a Westerner and you ask with a smile …
So it’s happened to me tea feast prepared by unknown …

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