Our morning brew has a fascinating and international history spreading across many cultures over thousands of years. Tea was first sipped back in the 3rd century AD in Southwest China and continues to be enjoyed in households all over the world today. In fact, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.
Tea is thought of as a quintessentially British drink, however discovery of tea began all the way in China, in 2737BC by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung when leaves from a tea tree fell into his cup of boiling water which he then tasted – and just like that, tea was born!
Initially tea was consumed as a medical drink in the Yunnan region during the Shang dynasty. However the popularity of tea grew and became much more than that, by the end of the third century, tea had become China’s national drink.
Tea drinking began much later into the second half of 16th century in Europe. The Portugese were the early adopters followed by the Dutch who were quick to import tea. But in no time, tea drinking was adopted all over Europe.