2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is almost incomprehensible to me. The modification, the modernisation, the development. What is the importance 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 accidentally fell under the water his servant was boiling for him to consume alcohol. As a herbalist, he embraced the opportunity to try a brand-new mixture, sipped the delicate liqueur and instantly fell in love; a love that has actually been shared by billions of people considering that.

But it is mind blowing to think that tea has been taken in by individuals for over 4000 years. And also probably even stranger to think that in Britain, we have actually only been drinking 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 unbelievable quantity of time to establish the practices and conventions associated with alcohol consumption it, and also the tea alcohol consumption ritual is one steeped in cultural customizeds.

It is maybe a generalisation, but when we think of tea drinking rituals, it is the Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies that instantly spring to mind: formality, silence, links to nature, tea as a gift, a method of providing many thanks or apologies to a loved one.

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

On reflection however, possibly there is ritualism in our very own tea usage. Doesn’t tea comply with meal times, assistance calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome friends over ( envision not providing a good friend a mixture after knocking on your door. Ultimate social faux ), raise our spirits as well as console us? Although we do not wear robes or kneel down, tea does have significance: comfort, security, relationship. If this isn’t our tradition, then I don’t know what is.

Tea is not just enjoyed in the countries pointed out over. Tea has effectively allured people in every continent across the globe, which has actually brought about it being branded as the 2nd most commonly eaten beverage on the planet after water. Tea’s capability to penetrate cultures has probably enabled it to endure these 4000 years, each bringing their own practices and traits in which to celebrate this unique fluid.

And also this is what we will certainly right here discover; just how tea drinking customs differ in a few of the leading tea drinking areas of the world.


As discussed above, in China the consumption of tea is ritualistic. Not only do the Chinese individuals commemorate tea, but they utilize tea to formally celebrate or combine events, such as serving tea at family members celebrations, as a icon of official apology and also as a way of nicely addressing and also saying thanks to moms and dads for the giving and also getting of partners at wedding celebrations.

It is the preferences and also scents of the tea which go to the heart of the ritual. Each utensil is carefully washed or cleaned utilizing the initial infusion of the eco-friendly tea entrusts to make sure that the 2nd infusion’s preference is not coloured by any foreign bodies, like dust fragments, so the tea is pure.

Significantly also is the means the tea is put; slowly, in one activity, throughout all cups (which are little clay pots) as well as just fifty percent complete. The other half of the mug is stated to be full of relationship as well as love; consequently 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 environment-friendly tea ground to a fine powder which is globe renowned for its excellent recovery powers, high concentration of antioxidants and instead bitter preference.

The event is named Chanoyu and also concentrates on the looks of tea making as opposed to the preference or smells, making the experience even more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The event’s make-up go back to the twelfth century and involves the host’s serving of the tea, as well as the discussion of the utensils as well as ceramics utilized to prepare it, the arrangement of flowers in the area as well as calligraphy. These items can all be changed by the host to best fit the celebration for which the tea is served. It is likewise the host’s task to have considered their guests’ sight of the tea at every angle in the area, to guarantee that their experience will certainly be one of pureness, tranquility and tranquility: a significant obligation.

The thoughtful factor to consider that is required for a successful event often guarantees that the bonds of relationship between the hosts and their guests are reinforced after the experience is concluded.


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

Genuine chai is milklike, pleasant and also spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom capsules, ginger, cinnamon and typically what looks like a lots of sugar. The ingredients can vary, yet the ritual of serving generally stays the same: the Chai Wallah makes up every one of the ingredients in a large steel pot over open coals which are positioned on the rock ground. As soon as simmering, he pours the fluid via a filter into a kettle, after that puts the chai right into small terracotta pots from a excellent height. The drinking cups are just utilized when; consumers tossing them to the ground once they have ended up, smashing them to items, to permit the clay to obtain squashed back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually progressively expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s simple to see why. Chai tea is tasty; warming, spicy, comforting, it resembles Christmas in a cup and also yet I consume all of it year round! OK, we like to have it our way- we often tend to brew Chai with hot water rather than in hot milk and individual consumers pick whether to sweeten naturally with honey- but the resulting comfort is the same.

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