Tea No Further a Mystery

2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is virtually incomprehensible to me. The adjustment, the modernisation, the development. What is the importance of this day?

This is the year tea was discovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor stumbled across a mystical potion after fallen leaves from the camellia sinensis plant unintentionally came under the water his slave was boiling for him to consume alcohol. As a herbalist, he accepted the opportunity to attempt a brand-new concoction, drank the delicate liqueur and instantly fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals considering that.

However it is mind blowing to assume that tea has actually been taken in by people for over 4000 years. As well as maybe even unfamiliar person to assume that in Britain, we have only been consuming alcohol 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 extraordinary amount of time to establish the traditions as well as conventions associated with drinking it, and also the tea alcohol consumption ritual is one soaked in cultural customizeds.

It is possibly a generalisation, however when we consider tea alcohol consumption routines, it is the Chinese as well as Japanese tea ceremonies that quickly come to mind: procedure, silence, connections to nature, tea as a gift, a method of providing thanks or apologies to a loved one.

Rule-governed as well as deliberate tea alcohol consumption? The officialism appears unusual to us.

On reflection though, possibly there is ritualism in our own tea intake. Doesn’t tea follow meal times, aid relax our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome pals over (imagine not using a pal a brew after knocking on your door. Ultimate social faux pas), raise our spirits and also console us? Although we do not put on bathrobes or stoop down, tea does have importance: comfort, security, relationship. If this isn’t our custom, then I do not recognize what is.

Tea is not just enjoyed in the countries pointed out over. Tea has actually efficiently bewitched people in every continent across the globe, which has actually caused it being branded as the second most extensively taken in beverage on the planet after water. Tea’s ability to penetrate societies has actually probably allowed it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their very own traditions and peculiarities in which to celebrate this distinct fluid.

And this is what we will certainly here explore; just how tea drinking practices vary in some of the top tea alcohol consumption areas of the globe.


As pointed out over, in China the usage of tea is ceremonial. Not just do the Chinese individuals celebrate tea, yet they make use of tea to officially celebrate or combine occasions, such as serving tea at household gatherings, as a sign of official apology and also as a means of politely attending to as well as giving thanks to moms and dads for the giving as well as receiving of partners at wedding events.

It is the preferences and aromas of the tea which go to the heart of the ritual. Each tool is meticulously washed or cleansed making use of the first infusion of the eco-friendly tea delegates ensure that the 2nd infusion’s taste is not coloured by any foreign bodies, like dust particles, so the tea is pure.

Significantly as well is the method the tea is put; slowly, in one activity, throughout all mugs (which are small clay pots) and just half full. The other half of the cup is stated to be loaded with relationship and also love; therefore binding host and also guest in their tea alcohol consumption 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 prominent for its superb recovery powers, high focus of anti-oxidants as well as rather bitter taste.

The event is called Chanoyu and also focuses on the appearances 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 and also entails the host’s offering of the tea, along with the discussion of the tools as well as ceramics used to prepare it, the setup of flowers in the space as well as calligraphy. These products can all be customized by the host to best fit the celebration for which the tea is offered. It is likewise the host’s job to have considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the area, to make certain that their experience will be just one of purity, tranquility as well as serenity: a significant duty.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is required for a effective event typically makes sure that the bonds of friendship between the hosts as well as their guests are strengthened after the experience is wrapped up.


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

Genuine chai is milky, wonderful and spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom capsules, ginger, cinnamon and also often what seems like a ton of sugar. The components can differ, but the ritual of offering generally stays the same: the Chai Wallah makes up every one of the ingredients in a big steel pot over open coals which are put on the stone ground. When simmering, he pours the liquid via a screen right into a kettle, after that puts the chai into tiny terracotta pots from a terrific height. The drinking cups are just used once; customers throwing them to the ground once they have finished, smashing them to pieces, to permit the clay to obtain run over back into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually progressively expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s easy to see why. Chai tea is delicious; warming, spicy, relaxing, it resembles Christmas in a mug as well as yet I consume it all year round! OK, we such as to have it our way- we tend to make Chai with warm water instead of in warm milk and private consumers choose whether to sweeten delicately with honey- however the resulting comfort coincides.

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