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The wide range of teas available can be browsed in the sections at the top of the page. Once you have chosen your preferred brew please come back here to learn more about the second most widely consumed drink on our planet Camella Sinensis, or as we lovingly know it - tea.
Despite mentions of herbal infusions going back as far as ancient times the 3rd century CE saw a new Chinese word came into usage - Ch'a. This character described a herbal brew made from boiling water and the leaves from the Camella Sinensis plant. This drink became an important cultural, artistic, spiritual and political symbol as well as a popular drink throughout the East, especially in China and Japan.
"Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties."
Confucious (c.551-479 BCE)
By the end of the C8th CE teas was being traded down the 'Silk Road'. Over the next 800 years or so tea would reach through Tibet, India, Persia (modern day Iran) into Arabia, first reaching Europe in the C16th CE.
Although the first teas to reach Europe were green teas, the long perilous journey from the East was not conducive to this delicate product. Production methods allowing the tea leaves to oxidise for longer meant tea could travel better, and 'black tea' was born, taking the European markets by storm.
However despite early success tea was supplanted by coffee as the drink of choice in most European countries, but really took a hold in the emerging state of Britain.
This small island nation was able to build a huge empire by ferrying tea, slaves and sugar around the world.
Although a drink that originally only the wealthy could afford by the 1700s it was a British obsession enjoyed by all classes.
Teapot: shall we play "who can hold the most tea"?
Teacup: Nah.. that's a mugs game.