China News Service, Tianjin, May 22nd: Mutual learning of tea and coffee to create a bridge for the integration of Chinese and Western cultures

  Author Shi Yunyu

  A few days ago, a "bean curd coffee" became popular on major social media, and the expression pack derived from it has also become the new favorite of young people.

Li Yue, who has participated in many international coffee competitions, said, "In recent years, coffee in China has shown different degrees of integration with Chinese characteristics."

  "Tofu Brain Coffee" is called "Chinese Affogato Coffee" by netizens, which can be said to be the localized representative of Western coffee.

The bottom layer of Greek yogurt is topped with almond tofu, and the latte coffee is spread evenly on the 'tofu', which is no different from the traditional Tianjin breakfast 'old tofu'.

Raspberry jam is used as hot sauce, coffee flower is used as garlic paste, and mint is used as coriander, which makes 'Tofu Brain Coffee' more vivid and is loved by many customers.

  The integration and development of diverse cultures is one of the main driving forces of social development.

Professor Yu Jiang, vice president of Tianjin Foreign Studies University, said in an interview, "Chinese culture has always maintained an open and inclusive attitude. There was a metaphor that the development of Chinese culture is like a snowball, which has a great adsorption force and is getting bigger and bigger. "

  Not only does coffee show the characteristics of multicultural integration in the process of localization, but Chinese tea culture is also widely recognized around the world.

As the mainstream drinks in the East and the West, tea and coffee have become a cultural symbol with regional characteristics. They have participated in and influenced the lives of most people in the world, and have skillfully become one of the main carriers of world cultural dissemination.

Like the "coffee socialization" in Western society, tea culture also carries the essence of traditional Chinese culture.

The picture shows the tea ordering process.

Photo by Tong Yu

  "The tea ceremony is the way of neutralization, harmony and order. 'One person, one water, one tea, one cup' provides spiritual companionship and carries our emotions." Ma Yu, a national first-class senior tea technician, said. , "The Chinese were the first to discover, plant and use tea. The writings of the Western Han Dynasty in my country recorded the description of "buying tea and cooking tea", which is the earliest record of drinking, buying and growing tea in the world."

  The tea culture is subtle and restrained, precipitating the essence of traditional Chinese culture, like a bridge connecting various world cultures.

Ma Yu said, "Tea has long been integrated into our lives in a diversified way. Ordering tea with milk adds interest to leisure time, such as English afternoon tea with green tea for refreshment to soothe the mood."

  Under the influence of Chinese culture, the "Chinese style" of Western-style drinks is increasingly accepted by the public.

"'Coffee +', which reflects the personality of Chinese coffee managers, has now become a trend. Taking 'coffee + retro' as an example, the blue-and-white porcelain gaiwan has a unique charm as a coffee container." Li Yue said.

  Yu Jiang said, "Chinese culture has always maintained an equal attitude and learned from others' strong points. It can convert information in almost any cultural system, and its openness and inclusiveness provide unlimited integration with various cultures without any sense of violation. Possibly." (End)