The history of tea

history of china tea

Tea is one of the most popular and widely consumed beverages around the world. But did you know that tea has a rich and fascinating history dating back over 5,000 years? So if you're a tea lover, or just curious about the history of this delicious brew, read on to find out more.

China, cradle of tea

Over 5000 years ago, somewhere in China, the history of tea began to take shape. This is where it all began, where tea has become an essential part of Chinese culture for centuries. Legend has it that it is thanks to Emperor Shen Nung, a beloved and respected monarch, that today we have this delicious drink. 

One day, while Shen Nung was drinking hot water under a tree, tea leaves accidentally fell into her cup. Curious, he tasted the mixture and was pleasantly surprised by its fresh and delicious taste. It was a defining moment in the history of tea because the emperor immediately understood that he held something special in his hands. From then on, tea became very popular in China and became a crucial part of the culture and society of many Asian countries.

Tea has grown in popularity outside of China thanks to travelers and traders who introduced the drink to many countries around the world.

tea in japan

Tea was introduced to Japan in the 8th century by Buddhist monks from China. However, it took several centuries before tea really became popular there. In the 12th century, the monk Eisai wrote a treatise on tea called "Kissa Yojoki" which played a crucial role in popularizing matcha green tea in Japan. Matcha is made from green tea leaves ground into a fine powder and has become an essential part of the Japanese tea ceremony, called "chanoyu". Today, Japan is known for the exceptional quality of its green tea, which is enjoyed around the world for its savory taste.

The tea craze in Europe

Tea became very popular in Europe in the 17th century, thanks to navigators and travelers who brought this drink back to their countries of origin. Tea quickly became a staple of European culture and society, becoming the drink of choice for many aristocrats and influential figures. The English became particularly fond of this drink in the 18th century, making it an essential part of their culinary and social culture.

Competition in India

In India, tea was introduced by the British at the end of the 18th century. The English started growing tea in India to compete with China, which was then the largest tea producer in the world. They succeeded in establishing tea plantations in the beautiful regions of Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri, where the ideal climatic conditions made it possible to produce quality teas. Today, India is the second largest tea producer in the world, and Indian tea is enjoyed worldwide for its unique flavor and aromatic qualities.

Tea arrives in Africa

But tea is not only a popular drink in Asia and Europe, it is also in Africa! It all started thanks to Arab and Indian traders who brought this delicious drink to the continent. And guess what ? Tea has grown so well in Africa that it is now grown successfully in many countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In fact, Africa is now a major tea producer!

It's crazy to think that tea has become such a popular drink in so many different countries, isn't it?

Tea in all its forms

Today, tea is one of the most popular and widely consumed beverages around the world. There are many types of tea, including black tea , green tea , white tea, and oolong tea, all of which are produced from the leaves of the tea tree. Tea is also available in many forms, including loose leaf, teabags, and powder.

If you are looking for quality tea in Switzerland, do not hesitate to take a look at our online loose tea shop. We have a wide selection of premium teas made with organic ingredients, for all tastes and occasions. We hope to see you soon!