Tea No Further a Mystery

2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is nearly incomprehensible to me. The change, the modernisation, the development. What is the significance of this date?

This is the year tea was discovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor came across a strange potion after leaves from the camellia sinensis plant inadvertently fell under the water his slave was steaming for him to drink. As a herbalist, he embraced the chance to attempt a brand-new mixture, drank the fragile liqueur and quickly fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of people given that.

Yet it is mind blowing to think that tea has been consumed by individuals for over 4000 years. As well as perhaps even unfamiliar person to think that in Britain, we have actually just been drinking tea (our saviour, our comfort, our ‘pack-your-kettle-last-so-it’s- the-first-thing-out-the-lorry’) for a brief 400 years.

Even so, this is an incredible quantity of time to establish the traditions as well as conventions related to drinking it, as well as the tea drinking ritual is one soaked in cultural custom-mades.

It is possibly a generalisation, but when we think about tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese as well as Japanese tea ceremonies that right away occur: procedure, silence, links to nature, tea as a gift, a way of offering many thanks or apologies to a family member.

Rule-governed as well as purposeful tea alcohol consumption? The officialism shows up unusual to us.

On reflection though, possibly there is ritualism in our very own tea usage. Doesn’t tea comply with meal times, assistance relax our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome good friends over ( picture not offering a friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social fake pas), lift our spirits as well as console us? Although we do not wear bathrobes or stoop down, tea does have relevance: convenience, security, friendship. If this isn’t our practice, after that I do not recognize what is.

Tea is not just appreciated in the countries mentioned above. Tea has actually effectively allured individuals in every continent around the world, which has resulted in it being branded as the second most extensively eaten beverage in the world after water. Tea’s capacity to permeate cultures has probably enabled it to survive these 4000 years, each bringing their own traditions and traits in which to commemorate this unique liquid.

And this is what we will below discover; exactly how tea drinking traditions vary in some of the top tea drinking regions of the world.


As stated over, in China the consumption of tea is ceremonial. Not only do the Chinese individuals commemorate tea, however they utilize tea to officially celebrate or consolidate celebrations, such as offering tea at family members celebrations, as a symbol of formal apology and also as a method of pleasantly resolving and also giving thanks to moms and dads for the giving and also obtaining of companions at wedding events.

It is the tastes and also scents of the tea which are at the heart of the routine. Each tool is thoroughly cleaned or cleaned making use of the first infusion of the green tea entrusts to guarantee that the second infusion’s preference is not coloured by any kind of foreign bodies, like dust particles, so the tea is pure.

Notably too is the means the tea is poured; slowly, in one motion, across all cups (which are small clay pots) and only fifty percent complete. The other half of the cup is stated to be full of relationship and also affection; for that reason binding host and guest in their tea drinking experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the making of Japanese Matcha tea; a eco-friendly tea ground to a fine powder which is world renowned for its outstanding healing powers, high focus of antioxidants as well as instead bitter taste.

The ceremony is named Chanoyu and also focuses on the appearances of tea making as opposed to the preference or scents, making the experience even more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The ceremony’s make-up dates back to the twelfth century and entails the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the presentation of the utensils and also porcelains used to prepare it, the setup of blossoms in the space and also calligraphy. These items can all be modified by the host to best fit the occasion for which the tea is offered. It is additionally the host’s task to have actually considered their guests’ sight of the tea at every angle in the area, to ensure that their experience will be just one of pureness, peacefulness as well as tranquility: a weighty responsibility.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is needed for a effective ceremony frequently guarantees that the bonds of friendship in between the hosts and their visitors are enhanced after the experience is ended.


In India, tea is offered on the streets by Chai Wallahs, or ‘tea makers’, that mix their zesty chai tea on their stalls at train terminals, bus stations and also on every road corner.

Authentic chai is milklike, pleasant as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom skins, ginger, cinnamon as well as commonly what appears like a ton of sugar. The components can vary, however the ritual of serving generally stays the very same: the Chai Wallah makes up all of the active ingredients in a huge steel pot over open coals which are placed on the stone ground. Once simmering, he puts the fluid with a filter into a kettle, then puts the chai right into small terracotta pots from a terrific height. The alcohol consumption mugs are only used when; customers tossing them to the ground once they have ended up, wrecking them to items, to permit the clay to get squashed back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually continuously expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and also it’s easy to see why. Chai tea is tasty; warming, spicy, calming, it resembles Xmas in a cup and also yet I drink all of it year round! OK, we like to have it our means- we often tend to brew Chai with hot water rather than in warm milk and also private customers choose whether to sweeten gently with honey- yet the resulting convenience coincides.

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