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

This is the year tea was uncovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor stumbled across a mysterious potion after fallen leaves from the camellia sinensis plant accidentally fell into the water his servant was boiling for him to consume alcohol. As a herbalist, he welcomed the opportunity to attempt a new mixture, drank the delicate liqueur and also promptly fell in love; a love that has actually been shared by billions of individuals since.

But it is mind blowing to assume that tea has actually been taken in by individuals for over 4000 years. As well as probably even unfamiliar person to believe that in Britain, we have actually only 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.

However, this is an incredible quantity of time to establish the traditions and conventions connected with drinking it, as well as the tea drinking routine is one steeped in cultural personalizeds.

It is possibly a generalisation, yet when we consider tea alcohol consumption routines, it is the Chinese and also Japanese tea ceremonies that quickly occur: procedure, silence, links to nature, tea as a gift, a method of providing many thanks or apologies to a family member.

Rule-governed and deliberate tea alcohol consumption? The officialism shows up alien to us.

On representation though, perhaps there is ritualism in our own tea intake. Doesn’t tea adhere to dish times, help calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome pals over ( think of not using a pal a brew after knocking on your door. Ultimate social fake pas), lift our spirits and also console us? Although we do not put on robes or stoop down, tea does have importance: comfort, safety and security, friendship. If this isn’t our custom, then I don’t recognize what is.

Tea is not just appreciated in the nations stated above. Tea has efficiently bewitched people in every continent across the globe, which has actually resulted in it being branded as the 2nd most commonly consumed beverage on earth after water. Tea’s ability to permeate societies has perhaps allowed it to make it through these 4000 years, each bringing their own practices as well as traits in which to commemorate this distinctive fluid.

As well as this is what we will certainly right here discover; exactly how tea drinking traditions vary in some of the top tea drinking regions of the globe.


As discussed over, in China the usage of tea is ritualistic. Not just do the Chinese individuals celebrate tea, but they use tea to officially celebrate or consolidate celebrations, such as serving tea at family members events, as a symbol of formal apology and as a means of pleasantly dealing with and thanking parents for the offering and obtaining of companions at wedding celebrations.

It is the preferences and also fragrances of the tea which go to the heart of the ritual. Each tool is meticulously cleaned or cleansed making use of the first mixture of the environment-friendly tea leaves to guarantee that the second mixture’s taste is not coloured by any type of foreign bodies, like dirt particles, so the tea is pure.

Notably as well is the means the tea is poured; slowly, in one activity, throughout all cups (which are tiny clay pots) and only half complete. The other half of the cup is said to be full of friendship as well as affection; therefore binding host as well as visitor in their tea alcohol consumption 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 globe popular for its outstanding recovery powers, high concentration of anti-oxidants and rather bitter taste.

The ceremony is named Chanoyu as well as concentrates on the aesthetics of tea making as opposed to the taste or smells, making the experience more of a choreographed performance than a quenching of thirst.

The event’s composition go back to the twelfth century and involves the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the discussion of the tools as well as ceramics made use of to prepare it, the arrangement of flowers in the room and calligraphy. These products can all be customized by the host to best fit the celebration for which the tea is served. It is also the host’s job to have considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the area, to make sure that their experience will certainly be one of pureness, calmness as well as tranquility: a weighty responsibility.

The thoughtful consideration that is required for a effective event often makes sure that the bonds of friendship in between the hosts and their guests are strengthened after the experience is concluded.


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

Authentic chai is milklike, pleasant and spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom capsules, ginger, cinnamon as well as typically what feels like a lots of sugar. The ingredients can vary, yet the ritual of offering typically stays the same: the Chai Wallah makes up every one of the components in a huge steel pot over open coals which are put on the stone ground. When simmering, he pours the liquid via a sieve right into a teakettle, after that pours the chai into little terracotta pots from a wonderful elevation. The alcohol consumption cups are just made use of once; consumers tossing them to the ground once they have actually ended up, shattering them to items, to permit the clay to obtain squashed back into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually gradually expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s very easy to see why. Chai tea is scrumptious; warming, spicy, comforting, it resembles Christmas in a cup and yet I drink all of it all year! OK, we such as to have it our way- we have a tendency to make Chai with hot water instead of in hot milk and also private consumers choose whether to sweeten gently with honey- however the resulting comfort coincides.

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