TALES OF TEAS - History
Tea provides you the opportunity to create a moment for yourself. It is a perfect paradox of complexity and simplicity that will provide you a retreat from an increasingly turbulent world. Its exotic flavor and aroma will take to a world of senses.
History of Tea
Tea, an aromatic beverage is prepared either by pouring hot water over freshly cured leaves of Camellia sinensis. It is an evergreen shrub native to China and East Asia. As per legend, tea has been known in China since 2700 B.C.E. Earlier, it was considered to be a medicinal beverage by millennia.
Around the 3rd century CE, it slowly started becoming a daily drink to consume. With an increase in the number of consumers, the cultivation and processing of tea began. Slowly, the cultivation of tea seeds started from Japan, then Taiwan and finally in 1824; tea plants were discovered on the hills long the frontier between Burma and Assam.
The tea culture was introduced in India and Sri Lanka by the British around 1836. Firstly, the seeds of tea were used from China, but afterwards the ones from the plants in Assam were used. The Dutch East India Company carried the first consignment of Chine tea to Europe in and around 1610.
Later, the English East India Company bought China tea from the ports in Java. Afterwards, teas were grown in the British estates in India. Also, Sri Lanka was not far apart as it reached Mincing Lane that is the center of tea trading in London. By late 20th centuries, growing of trees started spreading to other countries.