Tea for Dummies

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

This is the year tea was uncovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor came across a strange potion after leaves from the camellia sinensis plant mistakenly fell under the water his servant was boiling for him to consume alcohol. As a herbalist, he accepted the opportunity to attempt a brand-new concoction, sipped the fragile liqueur as well as right away fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals given that.

However it is mind blowing to assume that tea has been taken in by people for over 4000 years. And probably even complete 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 short 400 years.

Nevertheless, this is an amazing quantity of time to establish the customs as well as conventions related to alcohol consumption it, and also the tea drinking ritual is one steeped in social customizeds.

It is perhaps a generalisation, yet when we think about tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies that right away occur: rule, silence, links to nature, tea as a present, a method of using many thanks or apologies to a loved one.

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

On representation however, perhaps there is ritualism in our very own tea intake. Does not tea follow dish times, aid calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome buddies over (imagine not providing a buddy a brew after knocking on your door. Ultimate social fake ), raise our spirits as well as console us? Although we do not use robes or kneel down, tea does have significance: comfort, safety and security, friendship. If this isn’t our custom, after that I don’t recognize what is.

Tea is not just appreciated in the nations mentioned above. Tea has effectively bewitched individuals in every continent around the world, which has brought about it being branded as the 2nd most widely taken in beverage on the planet after water. Tea’s ability to permeate cultures has actually arguably enabled it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their own customs and also quirks in which to commemorate this distinctive fluid.

And this is what we will here discover; how tea drinking traditions differ in several of the leading tea alcohol consumption regions of the world.


As pointed out over, in China the usage of tea is ceremonial. Not only do the Chinese people commemorate tea, yet they make use of tea to officially celebrate or settle events, such as offering tea at family celebrations, as a symbol of formal apology and as a way of pleasantly dealing with and also giving thanks to parents for the offering and obtaining of companions at weddings.

It is the tastes and aromas of the tea which are at the heart of the ritual. Each utensil is meticulously cleaned or cleaned using the very first mixture of the environment-friendly tea entrusts to ensure that the 2nd infusion’s taste is not coloured by any type of foreign bodies, like dust fragments, so the tea is pure.

Significantly as well is the way the tea is poured; slowly, in one activity, throughout all cups (which are small clay pots) and just half complete. The other half of the mug is claimed to be filled with friendship and love; consequently binding host and also 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 great powder which is world renowned for its outstanding healing powers, high focus of anti-oxidants and instead bitter taste.

The ceremony is named Chanoyu and concentrates on the visual appeals 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 dates back to the twelfth century and includes the host’s offering of the tea, as well as the discussion of the utensils and ceramics used to prepare it, the setup of blossoms in the area and calligraphy. These items can all be changed by the host to best fit the occasion for which the tea is served. It is also the host’s job to have actually considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the space, to guarantee that their experience will be among purity, peacefulness and peace: a significant duty.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is needed for a effective ceremony typically makes certain that the bonds of friendship in between the hosts and their guests are reinforced after the experience is wrapped up.


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

Genuine chai is milky, sweet as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom sheaths, ginger, cinnamon and often what looks like a lots of sugar. The ingredients can differ, yet the routine of offering usually stays the very same: the Chai Wallah makes up all of the ingredients in a big steel pot over open coals which are put on the stone ground. As soon as simmering, he puts the liquid with a screen right into a kettle, then puts the chai into little terracotta pots from a excellent height. The drinking cups are just made use of once; consumers tossing them to the ground once they have actually ended up, smashing them to pieces, to allow the clay to get trampled back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has steadily expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and also it’s very easy to see why. Chai tea is scrumptious; warming, spicy, soothing, it resembles Christmas in a cup as well as yet I consume all of it all year! OK, we like to have it our way- we tend to brew Chai with warm water instead of in hot milk as well as specific customers select whether to sweeten naturally with honey- however the resulting convenience coincides.

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