Tea

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TEA

Tea has a privilege of being the most ancient beverage in the world. One day in the year 2737bc, Emperor Chen-Nung was sitting at rest under a wild tea tree gently blowing in the breeze; a few leaves tumbled into his cup. On drinking it the Emperor was filled with a feeling of well-being, tea was born. Tea was first introduced in Japan in the 8th Century by monks, after spending time in China studying Buddhism, and used tea as a stimulant to keep awake during their long hours of meditation. In the 16th Century, grand tea master Sen No Rikyu codified the tea ceremony.

It is because of the Caravan Trade Routes that tea spread throughout the Mongol Empire, Persia, the Islamic World and Russia before Europe learned of its existence. It was only in 1610 that tea began its expansion into the Western World. The various East India Companies, which engaged in regular trade with the Far East, introduced tea to Holland in 1610, into France in 1636, and into England in 1650.

 

WHY IS TEA GOOD FOR YOU?

"Tea comforts the spirit, banishes passivity, lightens the body and adds sparkle to the eyes"

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  • Chinese medicine recognized a long time ago that tea was stimulating, a diuretic and had anti-bacterial properties. Furthermore, Tea contains high quality antioxidants due to the polyphenals contained in tea (neutralizing free radicals).

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WHEN DID FRANCE DISCOVER TEA?

One of the first French tea Connoisseurs was Louis XIV. It is reported that in 1665 his doctors prescribed tea 'to aid digestion'. The King, having also been told that neither the Chinese nor Japanese suffered from gout or cardiac disorders, drank tea regularly for his health.

Around 1840, the royal beverage became the preferred drink of gentlemen who frequented court circles and aristocratic salons.

The French now drink 210 grams of tea per person per year, or about 100 cups.