All About Tea!
Are you interested in the different varieties of tea, their health benefits or the cultivation of tea?
Or even the best way to taste your tea?
Maybe you'd just like some tips for successful infusions, the variety of teapots, tea rituals, iced teas or even learn more about the tea aroma families.
Tea for me is timeless, so join me every month on my 'Monthly Blog' page as I go around the world to bring you some interesting facts on tea.
From one terroir to another, I will cover the following countries on my tea trail:
- Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and
- East Africa
Add your own comments to my blog posts as I bring you those interesting facts and even a few tea recipes.
If you are a tea lover and would like me to cover a subject on tea then contact me and I'd be happy to add it as a visitor's post.
The History of Tea
Tea is the ultimate beverage. It is tea that warms us up when we are cold and cools us when we are hot. From China, where it originated, tea has crossed all the borders of the world. It is known and respected for its virtues and appreciated for its taste.
Celebrated by poets and adored by emporers, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world today and forms an integral part of the diet of millions at all levels of society.
Whether it comes from the previous first harvests of spring, the sacred mountains of China or the highest gardens of Darjeeling, ever cup of tea tells a story, reveals knowledge and conjures up a landscape.
For many years now, our approach as tasters and importers has led us to discover the terroirs of tea, the way in which it is grown and processed, the role every variety plays in its culture and in the economy of the country where it is produced, the evolutions of the rituals that accompany its serving, and the reasons it came to be considered such a noble beverage. These discoveries have enriched our enjoyment of tea as well as our knowledge it.
The tea plant is an evergreen tree of the genus Camellia, one of 30 members of the Theaceae Family. In its wild state, the plant can reach a height of 98 feet (30m) and, although it also bears flowers and fruit, only the leaf is used to produce tea.
Research accredited to the team at Camellia Sinensis Tea House, from the third edition book - Tea History Terroirs Varieties