2737BC. The passage of time from 2737BC to 2014 is nearly incomprehensible to me. The change, the modernisation, the evolution. What is the importance of this day?

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 inadvertently came under the water his slave was boiling for him to consume. As a herbalist, he embraced the opportunity to attempt a new concoction, drank the delicate liqueur as well as immediately fell in love; a love that has been shared by billions of individuals since.

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

However, this is an amazing quantity of time to create the traditions as well as conventions connected with drinking it, and the tea alcohol consumption routine is one soaked in cultural custom-mades.

It is probably a generalisation, however when we consider tea drinking routines, it is the Chinese and also Japanese tea ceremonies that instantly come to mind: rule, silence, connections to nature, tea as a present, a way of providing thanks or apologies to a relative.

Rule-governed as well as purposeful tea alcohol consumption? The officialism shows up alien to us.

On representation however, maybe there is ritualism in our very own tea usage. Doesn’t tea follow meal times, help relax our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome buddies over ( picture not supplying a good friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social faux pas), raise our spirits and also console us? Although we do not put on bathrobes or stoop down, tea does have significance: comfort, safety and security, relationship. If this isn’t our tradition, then I do not understand what is.

Tea is not just appreciated in the countries mentioned above. Tea has actually effectively bewitched individuals in every continent around the world, which has brought about it being branded as the second most extensively consumed drink on earth after water. Tea’s ability to permeate cultures has probably allowed it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their very own traditions as well as peculiarities in which to celebrate this distinctive liquid.

And this is what we will right here discover; just how tea alcohol consumption traditions vary in a few of the top tea drinking areas of the world.


As stated over, in China the usage of tea is ceremonial. Not only do the Chinese people celebrate tea, but they utilize tea to officially celebrate or settle events, such as offering tea at household gatherings, as a icon of official apology and as a method of pleasantly resolving and giving thanks to parents for the offering as well as getting of partners at weddings.

It is the preferences and also aromas of the tea which go to the heart of the routine. Each tool is meticulously cleaned or cleaned using the first mixture of the environment-friendly tea delegates make sure that the 2nd mixture’s preference is not coloured by any foreign bodies, like dust particles, so the tea is pure.

Significantly as well is the means the tea is poured; slowly, in one movement, across all cups (which are little clay pots) as well as only fifty percent full. The other half of the cup is said to be loaded with relationship as well as affection; for that reason binding host and visitor in their tea alcohol consumption experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the production of Japanese Matcha tea; a green tea ground to a great powder which is globe prominent for its exceptional healing powers, high focus of anti-oxidants as well as instead bitter preference.

The event is called Chanoyu as well as concentrates on the visual appeals of tea making instead of the taste or smells, making the experience even more of a choreographed performance than a quenching of thirst.

The ceremony’s make-up go back to the twelfth century and includes the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the presentation of the utensils and ceramics used to prepare it, the arrangement of blossoms in the space and also calligraphy. These products can all be changed by the host to best fit the occasion for which the tea is served. It is additionally the host’s task to have considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the area, to make certain that their experience will certainly be just one of purity, tranquility and harmony: a crucial obligation.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is needed for a successful ceremony typically makes certain that the bonds of friendship between the hosts as well as their visitors are strengthened after the experience is ended.


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

Genuine chai is milky, pleasant as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom skins, ginger, cinnamon and usually what appears like a ton of sugar. The ingredients can vary, yet the routine of offering generally stays the very same: the Chai Wallah makes up every one of the ingredients in a huge metal pot over open coals which are placed on the stone ground. When simmering, he pours the liquid with a screen right into a teakettle, then puts the chai right into tiny terracotta pots from a great height. The alcohol consumption cups are only used once; customers throwing them to the ground once they have actually completed, smashing them to items, to allow the clay to get trampled back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has continuously expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) as well as it’s very easy to see why. Chai tea is delicious; warming, spicy, relaxing, it resembles Xmas in a mug as well as yet I drink it all all year! OK, we like to have it our method- we have a tendency to make Chai with warm water as opposed to in warm milk and also specific customers choose whether to sweeten delicately with honey- however the resulting comfort is the same.

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