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Mali Tea Ceremony

Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in the African country of Mali.
In Sevare, a town in the Mopti Region of Mali a man is involved in the elaborate tea ceremony as his young son looks on.




Mali Tea Culture
Tea Ceremony in Africa is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation to honored guests and even strangers.

Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in the African country of Mali.


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Mali tea ritual is common throughout North Africa.

The custom in Mali is to welcome people with green tea simmering with mint leaves. The hot, sweet tea is poured from a small teapot into shot-glass size glasses from a great height in order to get a good head of foam on the tea.

The glasses are then offered to guests, who slurp the tea loudly, to indicate politeness and respect for their host. Welcoming guests with tea is a sign of friendship in Mali.

Around 17 percent of the population in Mali has access to electricity, much lower than in other low-income African countries. In Mali's remote Mopti region at the Sahara Desert's edge, nearly 90 percent of the population are farmers who live below the poverty line. However, in Mali no matter the income status, greeting visitors with tea is a sign of welcome and friendship.

In Mali Africa, tea drinking is a very common cultural and social activity for men who join tea groups in their communities called grins.

How to make the perfect cup of Tea 

1. Use one teaspoon of dried loose tea per cup of water, more to taste.
2. When making a flower or herbal tea with small leaf and green leaf type plants, you can use a tea strainer. The tea strainer eliminates the need to strain off the small leaves later.
 3. Add your desired amount to a tea strainer or teapot.
 4. Cover with boiling water a let steep for 2- 5 minutes or until you created your perfect cup of tea based on your preference.

Did you know?
In Mali Africa, tea drinking is a very common cultural and social activity for men who join tea groups in their communities called grins.

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