Rightly said – “Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back, and appreciate our surroundings”. Having tea with friends, family, acquaintances is part of most of the cultures all over the world, and that is nothing new. The history of tea started some around 2700 BC according to some research. There is no evidence though. It is a part of everyday life in China for centuries. The aromatic and health properties of a plant were discovered, and the plant was Camellia Sinensis, popularly known as Tea. The taste, making process, and flavors of tea have been changed over time, but the aroma is intact and is still impacting the cultures and lives of human beings all over the world to date.
Let’s check out some quick statistics
According to a research conducted by Tea Association of USA, Tea is the second most consumed beverages in the world and first is water. From this, the power of the mighty plant can be guessed easily. However, the Atlantic talks about the consumption of the divine drink all over the world and China is the country which has highest consumption rate of tea (6.961 pounds per person).
In Britain also, drinking tea is the necessary part of the day to day life. Average British drinks around 876 cups of tea according to Metro, UK. This much tea is more than enough to fill two average size bathtubs.
If we look at the global pictures, 2.9 million tons of tea was consumed worldwide in 2016.
Tea is sold in wholesale, loose and packaged, as tea bags, in different flavors and different types. Retails, online tea stores, wholesalers and other marketplaces sell tea in different countries, continents of the world.
Tea traveled the world
This mighty plant has a rich history indeed. According to a Chinese legend, around 2737 BC tea was accidentally discovered by Emperor Shen Nong while sitting under a tea tree. However, the root of the tea plants is very hard to find. It is believed that tea plants originated over the regions of South China, Tibet and northern Himalayan region of India. In Tang dynasty in China (618-907), Lu Yu, a Buddhist monk defined how to treat modern tea, types of tea, the benefits of each type and brewing processes.
After the Tang dynasty, the tea age has started in the true sense and continuing. Poetries, stories, proverbs have been written for Tea over the centuries. It entered in Japanese culture when a Japanese Buddhist monk brings the seeds of tea in Japan. He
/discovered it during his study in China and instantly fell in love with it.
After that, the concept of Tea Custom emerges in the cultures that started to consume it. Students, travelers, traders and missionaries from the west, whoever came to the East, took Tea with them and it entered in the western cultures, eventually becoming an indifferent part of lives.
Tea has many types
Brewing and tea making process has changed, altered and evolved over time. Types of tea leaves, their, benefits and usages have also been discovered through ages and by different cultures. Even today all of those are consumed widely.
Let’s check out the different type of tea leaves, their usages, effects and places we can get them –
- Black Tea(Fermented) -Black tea is the most used and most common type of tea consumed every day. It is a commercialized version of tea which is processed and fermented during the process. Tea leaves are oxidized fully to make black tea. In centuries, British are the trendsetters for creating blends of tea. The tea making companies created different blends or flavors, like – morning tea, afternoon tea, breakfast tea etc. with the help of black tea.
- Green Tea(Non-Fermented)-
Second most common type of tea that is consumed due to health benefits. Tea shops online majorly sell this type of tea these days. Green tea is unoxidized. It keeps its real color and no dye is used to make it colorful. It helps to remove toxins from the body and cleanses the body from within.
- Oolong Tea – Oolong tea is differently processed than its other counterparts. It is less consumed in other parts of the world than China and Taiwan. The leaves are semi-oxidized (between 20-80%) and they have a vast range of aroma or flavors.
There are many online tea stores now promote and sells Oolong tea to make it popular in other parts of the world. The flavors of Oolong tea can lift up the tea sale once become popular.
- White Tea – White Tea is the softest and the newest leaves of the tea plant and they are handpicked only. These leaves are least processed and hence, very costly. White tea has tremendous health benefits and sold for medicinal purposes. It has the finest aroma and delicate flavor.
- Yellow Tea – This is the most expensive variety of tea and becoming popular among the fitness and health enthusiasts because of the benefits it is having. It gets oxidized using natural resources and very slowly. Hence, the medicinal value of Camellia becomes intact.
There are many other flavors and a variety of teas are there, such as Barley Tea, Chaga Tea, Rose Tea, Nettle Tea, peppermint tea and many more. The aroma is same in these tea varieties, only favors are induced.
Flavor of tea is a personal choice. Still, authenticity matters. There are companies which produce amazing tea and there are some online tea stores like Royal Black Pearl where we can get quality teas
Keep aside the cultures, many young professionals working incorporates, love to have tea during the breaks. A research says that drinking tea can instantly boost up the mood, keeps sleepiness away and increase productivity at work. Time has changed the taste and flavors that tea can have, but the happiness and delicacy it gives through the traditions to the tech-edge – is still the same.