Tea is the second most popular drink in the world after water and the way it is made and taken varies from one culture to another. But what’s the story of tea? Let’s learn who’s tea it really is.
The Origin of Tea
Tea originates from China and has been consumed for centuries as a medicinal drink. Its first reference in writing dates back to around 600AD, so it’s no surprise to hear that many scholars believe that tea is a Chinese invention.
The Spread of Tea
The Chinese were the first to cultivate tea leaves, but it wasn’t until the 17th century when it was widely adopted in Europe and North America. In India, the British adopted tea after they realized the potential it had in trading. However, India also developed their own practice of taking tea with milk or sugar which is still very popular today.
Who Drinks Tea?
Today, tea consumption is very popular in many countries around the world. For example, it is usually consumed during breakfast in the UK, taken with milk and sugar or accompanied with crumpets. In China, it is very common to find oolong and green tea varieties. In Japan tea is taken as part of a ritualistic ceremony and in India, chai tea is a very popular drink.
Who’s Tea is it?
Given its long history, there is no single answer to this question. Tea is a diverse beverage that has adapted itself to different cultures and practices. While the Chinese were the first to cultivate it and the British introduced it to other markets, it has since become a global beverage that has taken many forms. So, who’s tea it is? It’s everyone’s!