2737BC. The passage of time from 2737BC to 2014 is virtually incomprehensible to me. The modification, the modernisation, the development. What is the importance of this date?

This is the year tea was found.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor stumbled across a strange potion after fallen leaves from the camellia sinensis plant unintentionally came under the water his servant was boiling for him to consume. As a herbalist, he accepted the opportunity to try a brand-new mixture, sipped the fragile liqueur as well as instantly fell in love; a love that has actually been shared by billions of people since.

But it is mind blowing to believe that tea has been eaten by individuals for over 4000 years. As well as probably even unfamiliar person to believe 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 short 400 years.

Nevertheless, this is an amazing quantity of time to establish the traditions and also conventions associated with drinking it, and the tea alcohol consumption routine is one steeped in cultural customizeds.

It is perhaps a generalisation, yet when we think of tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies that promptly occur: rule, silence, connections to nature, tea as a present, a means of providing many thanks or apologies to a relative.

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

On representation though, possibly there is ritualism in our very own tea intake. Doesn’t tea comply with meal times, assistance calm our nerves, welcome us home after job, or welcome good friends over ( think of not supplying a close friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social synthetic pas), raise our spirits and console us? Although we do not use robes or kneel down, tea does have relevance: comfort, safety and security, friendship. If this isn’t our tradition, then I do not know what is.

Tea is not simply enjoyed in the nations discussed over. Tea has actually effectively allured individuals in every continent across the globe, which has actually led to it being branded as the 2nd most commonly eaten beverage on the planet after water. Tea’s ability to permeate societies has probably enabled it to survive these 4000 years, each bringing their own traditions as well as peculiarities in which to commemorate this unique liquid.

And also this is what we will certainly here check out; exactly how tea drinking customs differ in several of the top tea alcohol consumption areas of the world.


As mentioned over, in China the usage of tea is ritualistic. Not only do the Chinese individuals commemorate tea, however they make use of tea to formally commemorate or settle occasions, such as offering tea at family gatherings, as a icon of formal apology and also as a means of pleasantly resolving as well as thanking moms and dads for the providing and also getting of companions at wedding events.

It is the preferences as well as aromas of the tea which are at the heart of the ritual. Each utensil is thoroughly cleaned or cleansed making use of the initial mixture of the environment-friendly tea entrusts to guarantee that the 2nd infusion’s taste is not coloured by any type of international bodies, like dirt particles, so the tea is pure.

Significantly too is the means the tea is poured; gradually, in one motion, throughout all cups (which are tiny clay pots) and only half full. The other half of the cup is said to be filled with relationship and affection; for that reason binding host as well as visitor in their tea alcohol consumption experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the production of Japanese Matcha tea; a environment-friendly tea ground to a great powder which is globe prominent for its outstanding recovery powers, high focus of antioxidants and also instead bitter taste.

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

The ceremony’s composition dates back to the twelfth century as well as entails the host’s offering of the tea, along with the presentation of the utensils and porcelains made use of to prepare it, the setup of flowers in the room and also calligraphy. These products can all be modified by the host to best fit the event for which the tea is offered. It is additionally the host’s task to have considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the area, to guarantee that their experience will certainly be just one of purity, peacefulness and also harmony: a weighty obligation.

The thoughtful consideration that is required for a successful event typically guarantees that the bonds of relationship in between the hosts as well as their guests are enhanced after the experience is concluded.


In India, tea is offered on the streets by Chai Wallahs, or ‘tea makers’, who blend their spicy chai tea on their stalls at train stations, bus terminals as well as on every street corner.

Genuine chai is milklike, pleasant and spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom coverings, ginger, cinnamon and often what seems like a ton of sugar. The components can differ, but the routine of offering typically remains the same: the Chai Wallah makes up every one of the active ingredients in a large steel pot over open coals which are put on the stone ground. When simmering, he pours the fluid through a screen right into a teakettle, then puts the chai right into little terracotta pots from a excellent height. The alcohol consumption mugs are only used when; customers tossing them to the ground once they have actually ended up, shattering them to pieces, to permit the clay to obtain stomped back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually steadily expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) as well as it’s simple to see why. Chai tea is scrumptious; warming, spicy, calming, it resembles Xmas in a mug as well as yet I consume all of it year round! OK, we such as to have it our means- we have a tendency to brew Chai with warm water as opposed to in warm milk and also individual consumers select whether to sweeten gently with honey- but the resulting comfort is the same.

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