"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."
- C.S. Lewis
Fall is among us, which means it is the perfect season to cozy up with a book and a nice cup of tea. The only decision left to be made is which book to read with which tea, and we are here to help! We have put together this tea and book pairings guide to help you have the most enchanting reading experience possible.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - Jasmine Love
Charlotte Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre is one of the most significant coming-of-age novels ever written. Thornfield Hall, the home to Mr. Rochester, is one of the main settings of this story. Brontë writes that the hall smells like jasmine - a scent that stems from Mr. Rochester’s cigars. Since Mr. Rochester is Jane’s love interest, we think it is fitting to imagine the passionate heroine enjoying a cup of our Jasmine Love tea.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Vanilla Earl Grey
The teapot is one of the most iconic symbols of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and its Disney movie adaptation. If we were having a tea party with Alice, we would serve her our Vanilla Earl Grey. This tea is delicious yet subtle and the vanilla flavor would pair perfectly with a slice of unbirthday cake!
The Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie - Relaxing Mint Chamomile
The Hercule Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s beloved detectives. His story starts in the 1920 book The Mysterious Affair at Styles and continues through 33 of her novels, 51 short stories, and two plays, making him one of the most well-known literary characters of all time. While solving mysteries, Poirot is often pictured sipping on a hot cup of tisane. The variation of tisanes that he drinks is not always stated, but in The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb he is served a chamomile blend, so we like to think he would be a fan of our Relaxing Mint Chamomile.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - Love Potion #9
There is a cozy little tea shop on Diagon Alley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series called Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, which is a popular date spot for the students of Hogwarts. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry and Cho Chang go here for their first date. We think Madam Puddifoot would love serving our Love Potion #9 to encourage her patrons to come back for another date - perhaps potions professor Severus Snape could even help her brew this concoction.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Gunpowder Organic
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is jam-packed with drama, action, and - of course - pirates. Pirates like Long John Silver surely need a nice, strong tea to keep them awake during days at sea, and our Gunpowder Organic is the perfect one. Not only does this tea represent cannons and weaponry found on pirate ships, but it is also of such high quality that it could easily be mistaken for treasure!
Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - English Breakfast Black
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series has gained rapid popularity after being made into a Netflix show in 2020. The book series takes place in early the 1800s in England, surrounding a society that surely loves tea. Plain and simple teas were popular during this era, which means Daphne and The Duke would love our English Breakfast Black. I believe the same could be said for many of Jane Austen’s female protagonists as well, if you are looking for more book recommendations.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas - Calm Mango Beach
In Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series, readers are introduced to the Suriel. The Suriel are a species of magical creatures famous in the world of Prythian due to their inability to lie and extensive wisdom. The fan base for this series has associated the creature with its ability to “spill the tea” and we like to think the tea they are sipping on is our very own Calm Mango Beach. Not only does this blend have a magically blue color, but it also contains rose hips, which is fitting for the title of the series.
Now that you have some book recommendations for the cozy months ahead, go make yourself a hot cup of tea and get your reading on! We hope this guide has encouraged you to try something new, and would love to hear your book and tea pairing recs as well.
Written by Kourtney Camm