Date : December 30, 2016

Russians love to drink tea. We can’t live without tea.

There’s nowhere in the world where people drink tea the way we do in Russia. Tea is an excuse for a long conversation in Russia. We have 2 special attributes to drink tea: samovar and baranki (small crispy bagels). The word samovar in Russian is derived from “сам” meaning self and “варить” meaning to boil. The name can be loosely translated into English as “self-boiler”

The first step of the traditional Russian tea ceremony is to light the firewood and wait for the water in the samovar to boil. When it starts to boil, the samovar will begin to whistle, puff, then truly seethe. Once the water is sufficiently hot, the samovar is brought to the table and placed by the teapot.

There was no electricity, so we had to heat the water by lighting firewood. That is why the samovar was invented. There have been several versions of the story of how the samovar came to be. Samovars were produced in the 1740s in the Demidov factories in the Urals.

In the Urals, a mining and arms industry had developed, and factories had thus been built. The first in a dynasty of Russian industrialists, Nikita Demidov, brought craftsmen from the city of Tula, where he was born, to the Urals. It was they who invented the samovar.

Tula samovars became famous all over Russia, and the craftsmen began to open up their own shops upon returning.

Samovars were not cheap, and in the 19th century, the average cost of a samovar was ten rubles in gold – a whole month’s salary. However, people saved their samovars, and once you bought one, you had it forever. They were often passed down as inheritance.

Tea for us is not just about the beverage, but about the accompanying treats as well. While we drink tea, we sit for a long time and talk about various topics. We like to drink tea with sweets. One our traditional sweet is baranki. It is small, crunchy, mildly sweet bread rings eaten for dessert, usually with tea.

We will wait for you in Russia to drink tea with baranki in RUSWY Train!