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

This is the year tea was uncovered.

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

But it is mind blowing to believe that tea has been taken in by people for over 4000 years. As well as perhaps 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 unbelievable amount of time to create the traditions and conventions associated with drinking it, and the tea alcohol consumption routine is one soaked in social custom-mades.

It is probably a generalisation, however when we consider tea alcohol consumption rituals, it is the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies that promptly come to mind: procedure, silence, links to nature, tea as a gift, a way of supplying many thanks or apologies to a loved one.

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

On reflection though, perhaps there is ritualism in our very own tea consumption. Does not tea comply with dish times, aid calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome close friends over ( picture not using a pal a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social faux pas), raise our spirits and console us? Although we do not put on bathrobes or kneel down, tea does have value: comfort, security, relationship. If this isn’t our practice, then I don’t understand what is.

Tea is not simply appreciated in the nations discussed above. Tea has actually effectively allured people in every continent around the world, which has brought about it being branded as the second most commonly eaten drink on earth after water. Tea’s capability to penetrate cultures has probably allowed it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their own customs and quirks in which to celebrate this distinctive liquid.

As well as this is what we will certainly here check out; just how tea drinking practices vary in a few of the leading tea alcohol consumption areas of the world.


As discussed above, in China the consumption of tea is ceremonial. Not just do the Chinese individuals commemorate tea, yet they utilize tea to formally commemorate or combine events, such as offering tea at household events, as a symbol of formal apology and also as a way of politely addressing and saying thanks to parents for the offering and also obtaining of companions at weddings.

It is the tastes as well as aromas of the tea which go to the heart of the routine. Each utensil is thoroughly cleaned or cleaned making use of the very first infusion of the environment-friendly tea delegates ensure that the 2nd infusion’s taste is not coloured by any type of foreign bodies, like dirt bits, so the tea is pure.

Significantly as well is the method the tea is put; slowly, in one activity, throughout all mugs (which are small clay pots) and also just half full. The other half of the cup is said to be filled with friendship and affection; as a result binding host and also visitor in their tea drinking experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the making of Japanese Matcha tea; a eco-friendly tea ground to a fine powder which is globe distinguished for its exceptional healing powers, high focus of anti-oxidants as well as rather bitter preference.

The ceremony is called Chanoyu as well as focuses on the aesthetics of tea making as opposed to the preference or smells, making the experience more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The ceremony’s composition go back to the twelfth century and involves the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the discussion of the utensils and also ceramics utilized to prepare it, the plan of blossoms in the room and calligraphy. These products can all be customized by the host to best fit the event for which the tea is served. It is also the host’s job to have considered their guests’ view of the tea at every angle in the space, to ensure that their experience will certainly be one of purity, calmness and also peace: a significant obligation.

The thoughtful consideration that is required for a successful ceremony typically guarantees that the bonds of relationship in between the hosts as well as their guests are strengthened after the experience is wrapped up.


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

Authentic chai is milklike, wonderful as well as spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom shucks, ginger, cinnamon and commonly what looks like a ton of sugar. The components can differ, however the ritual of offering generally remains the same: the Chai Wallah makes up all of the components in a huge steel pot over open coals which are placed on the rock ground. As soon as simmering, he puts the liquid via a sieve into a kettle, after that puts the chai right into small terracotta pots from a excellent height. The alcohol consumption cups are only used when; consumers throwing them to the ground once they have actually completed, wrecking them to items, to permit the clay to obtain stomped back into the ground.

Chai’s appeal in the UK has steadily grown in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s very easy to see why. Chai tea is tasty; warming, spicy, calming, it’s like Christmas in a mug and yet I drink all of it all year! OK, we like to have it our means- we often tend to make Chai with warm water instead of in warm milk and also private customers choose whether to sweeten delicately with honey- however the resulting comfort coincides.

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