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 value of this date?

This is the year tea was uncovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor stumbled across a strange potion after fallen leaves from the camellia sinensis plant accidentally fell under the water his servant was steaming for him to drink. As a herbalist, he accepted the possibility to attempt a new mixture, drank the delicate liqueur and also promptly fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals because.

But it is mind blowing to believe that tea has actually been consumed by people for over 4000 years. And possibly even stranger to assume 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.

Nevertheless, this is an incredible amount of time to create the practices and also conventions connected with alcohol consumption it, and also the tea drinking ritual is one soaked in social custom-mades.

It is possibly a generalisation, yet when we think about tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese as well as Japanese tea ceremonies that instantly occur: rule, silence, connections to nature, tea as a gift, a method of supplying many thanks or apologies to a relative.

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

On reflection however, perhaps there is ritualism in our own tea consumption. Doesn’t tea follow dish times, aid calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome pals over ( think of not providing a good friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social synthetic pas), raise our spirits as well as console us? Although we do not use bathrobes or kneel down, tea does have relevance: convenience, safety and security, relationship. If this isn’t our custom, then I don’t understand what is.

Tea is not simply appreciated in the countries discussed above. Tea has effectively allured individuals in every continent across the globe, which has caused it being branded as the second most widely taken in drink on earth after water. Tea’s capability to permeate societies has actually perhaps enabled it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their very own traditions and also peculiarities in which to celebrate this distinct fluid.

And this is what we will right here check out; exactly how tea alcohol consumption customs vary in a few of the leading tea drinking regions of the world.


As pointed out over, in China the usage of tea is ceremonial. Not only do the Chinese individuals celebrate tea, yet they utilize tea to officially celebrate or combine events, such as offering tea at family celebrations, as a symbol of official apology and also as a means of politely attending to and giving thanks to parents for the offering and receiving of partners at weddings.

It is the tastes and also scents of the tea which go to the heart of the routine. Each utensil is thoroughly cleaned or cleaned using the very first infusion of the eco-friendly tea leaves to guarantee that the second infusion’s preference is not coloured by any type of foreign bodies, like dirt fragments, so the tea is pure.

Significantly also is the way the tea is poured; slowly, in one movement, across all cups (which are small clay pots) and also just half full. The other half of the mug is stated to be full of relationship and also love; 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 green tea ground to a fine powder which is globe renowned for its excellent recovery powers, high focus of antioxidants and also instead bitter taste.

The event is called Chanoyu and also focuses on the aesthetic appeals of tea making instead of the preference or scents, making the experience more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The ceremony’s structure dates back to the twelfth century as well as includes the host’s offering of the tea, along with the presentation of the utensils and ceramics used to prepare it, the arrangement of flowers in the area and calligraphy. These items can all be changed by the host to best fit the celebration for which the tea is offered. It is likewise the host’s job to have actually considered their visitors’ sight of the tea at every angle in the space, to ensure that their experience will certainly be one of purity, tranquility and peace: a substantial responsibility.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is needed for a effective event usually makes certain that the bonds of relationship between the hosts and also their guests are reinforced 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 and on every street corner.

Authentic chai is milky, sweet as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom hulls, ginger, cinnamon and typically what feels like a ton of sugar. The components can vary, yet the ritual of serving usually remains the exact same: the Chai Wallah makes up all of the ingredients in a big metal pot over open coals which are placed on the rock ground. As soon as simmering, he puts the fluid via a screen into a teakettle, after that puts the chai right into little terracotta pots from a wonderful height. The alcohol consumption mugs are only utilized as soon as; customers throwing them to the ground once they have actually finished, wrecking them to pieces, to enable the clay to get stomped back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has steadily grown in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and also it’s easy to see why. Chai tea is delicious; warming, spicy, calming, it resembles Christmas in a mug and yet I drink it all all year! OK, we like to have it our method- we have a tendency to brew Chai with warm water as opposed to in hot milk and also private customers choose whether to sweeten delicately with honey- however the resulting convenience is the same.

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