Tea Fundamentals Explained

2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is almost incomprehensible to me. The modification, the modernisation, the evolution. What is the significance of this date?

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 accidentally came under the water his slave was boiling for him to drink. As a herbalist, he welcomed the possibility to try a new mixture, sipped the delicate liqueur as well as quickly fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals because.

However it is mind blowing to think that tea has actually been eaten by individuals for over 4000 years. And probably even stranger to think that in Britain, we have just been consuming tea (our saviour, our convenience, our ‘pack-your-kettle-last-so-it’s- the-first-thing-out-the-lorry’) for a brief 400 years.

Even so, this is an incredible quantity of time to create the traditions as well as conventions related to alcohol consumption it, as well as the tea alcohol consumption ritual is one soaked in cultural custom-mades.

It is perhaps a generalisation, but when we think about tea drinking rituals, it is the Chinese and also Japanese tea ceremonies that instantly occur: formality, silence, connections to nature, tea as a gift, a way of using many thanks or apologies to a family member.

Rule-governed and also deliberate tea drinking? The officialism appears alien to us.

On reflection though, maybe there is ritualism in our own tea consumption. Does not tea comply with dish times, aid soothe our nerves, welcome us home after job, or welcome close friends over ( envision not supplying a friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social artificial ), lift our spirits and console us? Although we do not wear bathrobes or kneel down, tea does have importance: convenience, security, friendship. If this isn’t our practice, then I don’t understand what is.

Tea is not just appreciated in the countries mentioned over. Tea has efficiently bewitched individuals in every continent across the globe, which has actually resulted in it being branded as the second most widely taken in drink in the world after water. Tea’s capability to penetrate societies has probably enabled it to make it through these 4000 years, each bringing their own traditions and also quirks in which to commemorate this distinctive fluid.

And this is what we will below discover; how tea alcohol consumption customs vary in some of the top tea drinking areas of the world.


As discussed above, in China the usage of tea is ceremonial. Not only do the Chinese individuals commemorate tea, yet they use tea to officially commemorate or combine events, such as serving tea at household gatherings, as a sign of official apology and as a method of pleasantly dealing with and also saying thanks to parents for the providing and receiving of companions at weddings.

It is the tastes and also fragrances of the tea which are at the heart of the routine. Each tool is carefully washed or cleansed using the first infusion of the environment-friendly tea leaves to ensure that the 2nd mixture’s preference is not coloured by any foreign bodies, like dirt particles, so the tea is pure.

Importantly as well is the means the tea is put; slowly, in one activity, throughout all cups (which are small clay pots) as well as only half complete. The other half of the mug is claimed to be full of relationship and also love; consequently binding host and visitor in their tea drinking experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the making of Japanese Matcha tea; a environment-friendly tea ground to a fine powder which is globe prominent for its excellent healing powers, high focus of anti-oxidants and instead bitter taste.

The event is named Chanoyu and also concentrates on the looks of tea making as opposed to the preference or smells, making the experience even more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The event’s make-up dates back to the twelfth century as well as includes the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the discussion of the utensils and porcelains made use of to prepare it, the arrangement of flowers in the space and calligraphy. These items can all be customized by the host to best fit the event for which the tea is offered. It is additionally the host’s task to have actually considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the room, to make sure that their experience will certainly be among pureness, serenity and serenity: a weighty obligation.

The thoughtful consideration that is needed for a effective ceremony frequently makes sure that the bonds of relationship between the hosts and their visitors are strengthened after the experience is concluded.


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

Genuine chai is milky, pleasant as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom pods, ginger, cinnamon as well as commonly what seems like a ton of sugar. The active ingredients can differ, but the ritual of serving usually remains the same: the Chai Wallah brews up all of the components in a big steel pot over open coals which are positioned on the stone ground. As soon as simmering, he puts the liquid with a screen right into a teakettle, after that puts the chai right into little terracotta pots from a terrific height. The drinking cups are only made use of when; customers throwing them to the ground once they have completed, smashing them to pieces, to allow the clay to get stomped back into the ground.

Chai’s appeal in the UK has steadily expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) as well as it’s easy to see why. Chai tea is tasty; warming, spicy, relaxing, it resembles Xmas in a mug as well as yet I drink it all year round! OK, we like to have it our method- we have a tendency to brew Chai with warm water rather than in hot milk and also individual customers choose whether to sweeten delicately with honey- yet the resulting convenience is the same.

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