my cup of tea: something one likes or excels. “I see already that storytelling isn’t my cup of tea.”
a storm in a tea cup: a small event that has been exaggerated out of proportion.
tempest in a teapot: same meaning as above.
tea party: 1. a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea, cakes, and other light refreshments are served. 2. a US political movement that emerged from a series of conservative protests against the federal government in 2009.
afternoon tea: Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm.
tea and toast syndrome: The ‘tea and toast syndrome’ refers to malnutrition in seniors due to their lack of desire or inability to prepare and/or eat proper meals, relying instead on simple fare such as tea and toast.
tea ceremony: an elaborate Japanese ritual of serving and drinking tea, as an expression of Zen Buddhist philosophy.
read the tea leaves: to look at the tea leaves in the bottom of a cup for a sign of what will happen in the future.
wake up and smell the coffee: (informal•North American) become aware of the realities of a situation, however unpleasant.
coffee talk: Informal conversation among friends or acquaintances, of the kind that occurs in a casual gathering where people sit together and drink coffee.
coffee table book: a large, expensive, lavishly illustrated book, especially one intended only for casual reading. When I first encountered coffee table books, I didn’t know what they mean. I was quite serious at reading them and to my surprise, they were not as interesting as I thought despite the beautiful pictures.
piece of cake: something easily done
You can’t have your cake and eat it: You cannot simultaneously retain your cake and eat it
tea cake or coffee cake: It’s said that a tea cake doesn’t have tea in it and a coffee cake doesn’t have coffee in it. They are just regular cakes, I guess.
cakewalk: (informal) an absurdly or surprisingly easy task.
nutty as a fruitcake: mad or crazy
sell like hot cake: something that sells very quickly.
cakes and ale: Simple material pleasures; fun or lively enjoyment in general. The phrase first appeared in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
the frosting (icing, cherry) on the cake: something that makes an already good situation even better.