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 Proposed Canon
Tea is a beverage enjoyed by Erfwordlers, particularly Royals. It's made by boiling tea leaves in a pot (or pouring the prepared tea in a serving pot), and serving it in cups while hot. It's typically accompanied with milk, sugar, lemon, and dainty cakes. Drinking tea can be a very ceremonial activity, with a lot of unique customs and special tableware particular to a side. For example wine is drunk, but one does not drink tea, one 'takes' tea.
Tea has primarily been observed to be drunk in royal sides, and by non-royals who've lived in them. Royal sides who take tea are: Jetstone, Transylvito, Delkey, and Faq. Currently the only exception is the former side of Haffaton, who throughout it's history was ruled by Overlords and Overladies. Faq had hours-long ceremonies related to taking tea, and interestingly then princess Jillian Zamussels popped knowing it perfectly. Because of her warrior nature she had negative opinions of it, though other royals like Prince Ansom quite liked it.
Like wine, drinking tea is often a social activity, albeit the tone associated is more formal and high brow. Royalist sides Jetstone and Haggar had a period of courtly bean-counter Diplomacy over tea for example. Not all royal sides drink tea, Goodminton had a preference for Chocolate, and Homekey for Coffee. Characters from tea drinking sides remark on this, or prefer tea over said beverages. If tea is like coffee, it needs to be grown and harvested in cities near special terrain and shipped inland.
The tea ceremony is one of many ways royals can tell each other apart from "common" non-royals. It may serve as a means of discriminating socially.