The History Of Tea

Discover the real history tea.

Tea has a fascinating and unique history that goes way beyond the little sealed bag you microwave with water. Tea has become permanently linked with class and culture. Brutal wars have been fought over tea. Be it because of taxes placed on the tea or possession of the tea leaves themselves.

The dawn of tea is thought to have started in the year 2737 BC with the Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung having a few leaves from a tree drift into his mug of boiling water. Why was he drinking boiling water? I do not know. Life must have been pretty bland before tea.

The Unofficial Tea Time Line In Brief

2737 BC - Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung is the first to have a cup of tea.

552 AD - Buddhist monks are believed to have brought tea to Japan. They bring both tea for drinking and seeds of the Camellia Sinesis (the tea tree), so the Japanese can grow their own Tea.

700 AD / 800 AD - The Japanese have perfected their Tea Ceremony. It is thought to be taken from Cha Ching (The Book of Tea) written by Chinese scholar, Lu Yu,

1667 AD Tea Reaches England, when Thomas Garway sold it at his coffeehouse in London's Exchange Alley.

1700 AD King of England Charles II places extremely high tax on tea. It is still rare in England. A luxury for the upper classes only.

1773- The Boston Tea Party takes place, leading to American Independence.

1784 The tax is reduced, tea smuggling ceases to be a lucrative profession.

1790 England is hub of the world tea trade.

2000 We all have tea.

There are three main types of tea. They are Black Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea. When you buy tea in the grocery store, if it is ¡§true¡¨ tea it will be one of these types. Tea comes either loose leaf or in bag form. To prepare a cup of tea properly you must first boil the water. Then you pour just the water in to the teapot or cup. The teapot or cup should be made out of a clay material. The water will heat the clay. This way when you pour in the boiling water it will warm and coddle the tea without shocking it. Pour out water you used to heat the pot, drop in your tea ball or tea bag, and pour in more boiling water. The water should always be poured over tea. Otherwise, the tea will not achieve it's full flavor. Allow the tea to steep. After the tea has finished steeping, about 5 minutes, it is ready to be enjoyed.

Green Tea is fabulous in the morning; I find it to be a real energizer. I prefer scones with double cream and raspberry preserves with my Black Tea or even with Oolong. You have to decide how you like your tea.

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