About Tea

2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is practically incomprehensible to me. The change, the modernisation, the advancement. What is the relevance of this day?

This is the year tea was uncovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor stumbled across a mysterious remedy after leaves from the camellia sinensis plant mistakenly fell under the water his servant was boiling for him to consume alcohol. As a herbalist, he accepted the possibility to try a new concoction, sipped the delicate liqueur as well as right away fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals because.

However it is mind blowing to believe that tea has actually been taken in by people for over 4000 years. And perhaps even unfamiliar person to assume that in Britain, we have actually just been consuming alcohol tea (our saviour, our convenience, our ‘pack-your-kettle-last-so-it’s- the-first-thing-out-the-lorry’) for a short 400 years.

However, this is an incredible amount of time to create the traditions as well as conventions associated with alcohol consumption it, as well as the tea drinking routine is one soaked in social personalizeds.

It is maybe a generalisation, yet when we consider tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies that promptly occur: procedure, silence, connections to nature, tea as a present, a means of using many thanks or apologies to a loved one.

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

On representation however, maybe there is ritualism in our own tea usage. Doesn’t tea follow dish times, aid calm our nerves, welcome us home after job, or welcome good friends over ( visualize not supplying a close friend a brew after knocking on your door. Ultimate social synthetic pas), lift our spirits and also console us? Although we do not use bathrobes or stoop down, tea does have significance: comfort, safety and security, relationship. If this isn’t our custom, then I do not recognize what is.

Tea is not simply appreciated in the countries stated above. Tea has actually effectively allured people in every continent across the globe, which has brought about it being branded as the 2nd most commonly taken in drink on earth after water. Tea’s capability to penetrate societies has perhaps allowed it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their very own traditions and also quirks in which to commemorate this unique fluid.

As well as this is what we will right here discover; exactly how tea drinking traditions vary in some of the leading tea drinking areas of the world.


As discussed over, in China the consumption of tea is ritualistic. Not just do the Chinese individuals celebrate tea, however they utilize tea to officially celebrate or combine occasions, such as offering tea at family members gatherings, as a icon of official apology and as a means of politely resolving and also giving thanks to parents for the providing and also receiving of companions at wedding celebrations.

It is the tastes as well as fragrances of the tea which are at the heart of the routine. Each tool is thoroughly washed or cleaned utilizing the initial mixture of the environment-friendly tea leaves to guarantee that the 2nd infusion’s taste is not coloured by any type of international bodies, like dirt bits, so the tea is pure.

Importantly as well is the means the tea is poured; gradually, in one movement, throughout all cups (which are small clay pots) as well as just half full. The other half of the mug is claimed to be filled with relationship and affection; as a result binding host and guest in their tea drinking experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the production of Japanese Matcha tea; a green tea ground to a fine powder which is world renowned for its exceptional healing powers, high focus of antioxidants and also rather bitter preference.

The ceremony is called Chanoyu and focuses on the aesthetic appeals of tea making instead of the preference or scents, making the experience even more of a choreographed performance than a quenching of thirst.

The event’s composition dates back to the twelfth century as well as entails the host’s offering of the tea, along with the discussion of the utensils as well as porcelains utilized to prepare it, the setup of blossoms in the area as well as calligraphy. These items can all be changed by the host to best fit the occasion for which the tea is served. It is likewise the host’s task to have considered their visitors’ sight of the tea at every angle in the space, to ensure that their experience will be among purity, serenity and serenity: a substantial obligation.

The thoughtful consideration that is needed for a effective event frequently guarantees that the bonds of relationship between the hosts and their visitors are enhanced after the experience is wrapped up.


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

Authentic chai is milklike, pleasant as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom coverings, ginger, cinnamon and also often what seems like a lots of sugar. The ingredients can differ, but the routine of offering usually stays the same: the Chai Wallah makes up all of the active ingredients in a big metal pot over open coals which are put on the rock ground. When simmering, he puts the liquid through a sieve right into a kettle, after that pours the chai into small terracotta pots from a wonderful height. The drinking mugs are only used as soon as; customers throwing them to the ground once they have ended up, wrecking them to items, to permit the clay to obtain squashed back right into the ground.

Chai’s appeal in the UK has gradually expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s simple to see why. Chai tea is scrumptious; warming, spicy, comforting, it resembles Christmas in a cup and yet I consume it all year round! OK, we like to have it our method- we have a tendency to make Chai with warm water as opposed to in hot milk as well as individual customers choose whether to sweeten naturally with honey- yet the resulting comfort coincides.

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