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Tea was accidentally invented in 2,737 B.C. when the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung spotted some leaves blow into a pot of boiling water and produced a pleasing aroma. The Chinese word for tea is “cha”.

In 1608, when tea first appeared in Holland, until around 1850, China Tea (with very rare exceptions) was the only one drunk in the Western World.

Just as it was 1608, China continues to recognise and exports six categories of tea, green, white, oolong, yellow, red and Puer.

By 1800 England alone was consuming 11 million kgs (24 million lbs) per annum of tea of every type, all of it organically grown and hand-made, much of it fit for Emperors and kings. Most tea consumed in England between 1650 and 1850 was green and oolong - not black as is today!

Until the 19th century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!

In the 1800’s Britain wanted tea and China wanted opium, so the British East India Company grew the drug in Bengal (by then part of the British Empire), sold it, via merchants in Calcutta, to China for silver; then they paid the same silver back to the Chinese for tea.


In the early 20th century tin boxes were very expensive, so New York importer Thomas Sullivan looked for a cheaper way to send his tea samples to clients. Wrapping the tea in gauze ‘packets’ seemed the perfect answer but his customers were befuddled by the new ‘packaging’. Instead of removing the tea, they plopped it, gauze and all, into boiling water. Without realizing it, Sullivan had created the tea bag!

In the early 1900’s afternoon tea became the fashion in Britain and, with the introduction of tango dancing from Argentina, the best hotels added string quartets and tea dances to the menu.

The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea.

Tea was so expensive when it was first brought to Europe in the early 17th century that it was kept in locked wooden boxes.

A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee.

Drinking milk may mean stronger bones but the same goes for a cup of tea!


In one day, an experienced tea picker can collect around 31kgs (70lbs) of tea! That’s equal to 14,000 cups!

A large amount of caffeine is released from tea after the first 30 seconds of brewing. Dumping this content out and pouring new hot water is a neat trick for caffeine conscience tea drinkers.

There are four main types of tea: white, green, oolong and black. But depending on the influence of culture, these four types can turn into thousands of varieties.

All Tea (Thea Sinensis) comes from the one evergreen plant of the Camellia family. They grow best in hot, humid places with temperatures of 10-30° C (50-85° F) and many of the world’s most famous teas e.g. high-altitude Ceylon’s, China’s Weyi, India’s best Darjeeling’s, come from bushes cultivated above 1,219m (4,000ft). The plant can produce tea for up to 50 years.

Did you know that tea can help to abate your appetite? Good news for people who are dieting.

Tea can also help regulate cholesterol and is also good for the heart. It also may help to prevent certain cancers and has been known to fight tumours.


A cup of tea may keep the dentist away, yes I said ‘dentist’. This is because tea helps fight cavities.

Green tea - a less processed version of the ubiquitous black tea, with far less caffeine and more healthful properties - has long been known for its immune system benefits and anti-oxidant powers. Now, US scientists say drinking green tea may also help to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. It appears that chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses and it is possible that adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash could make them more effective. Microbiologist Milton Schiffenbauer, from Pace University in New York, says, “Our research shows tea extracts can destroy the organism that causes disease. If we can stimulate the immune system and at the same time destroy the organisms, then it makes sense to drink more green tea”.

Drinking tea helps boost the immune system due to its natural antibacterial properties.

It takes only 3 minutes of brewing time for the antioxidants in tea to be released in your cup. One cup of white tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of apple juice!

The Irish consume more tea per capita than any other group in the world.

To get the most flavour and benefits out of tea, try brewing it by loose leaf instead of by tea bag.

Loose leaf tea can stay fresh for about a year if properly stored and sealed. 454gms (1lb) of loose tea can make approximately 250 cups.


Don’t through that old tea out! Tea will absorb odours around it. Instead try putting it in the refrigerator to help absorb odours (It even works with fish odours), for removing food odours from your hands pour some tea over them and the tea will remove all odours from your fingers or put it in your garden as fertilizer.

It is recommended to drink at least 3 or more cups of tea a day to maintain the most benefits.

Iced tea was invented in America and is the most consumed ‘prepared tea type’ in America.

The Irish drink more tea per head than any nation in the world.

Tibetans drink tea made of salt and rancid yak butter!

The English East India Company held a monopoly on all China tea exports to the British Isles and Americas for over two hundred years.


5 out of 6 North Americans drink tea! (WOW! that I would have never guessed!) It is the most popular and cheapest beverage, next to water, in the world.

An average of three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Studies in the Netherlands have shown that men who drink black tea which contains catechins are 50 percent less likely to die of ischemic heart disease. This takes place when our arteries become clogged and are unable to work properly because of constriction.

Recent studies have shown that drinking between one and two cups of tea per day may promote fertility by stopping abnormalities in our chromosomes. In a recent test 250 women drank as little as half a cup of tea per day and their pregnancy rates were twice as high as those who did not.

To cure puffy eyes lie in a horizontal position and place either a moist teabag or tea compress over both eyes and leave for about 20 minutes. The swelling around the eyes will to your amazement disappear and your eyes will return to their former glory.


Black tea bags can be used to treat planter warts. Tannin in tea is acidic and can be just as effective in removing warts as various over the counter wart removers! Leave a cooled bag on the wart for about 15 minutes three times daily and slowly the wart will shrink and disappear.

Scientists have reported for many years that men in Asian countries who drink green tea have very low instances of prostate cancer. Many prominent researchers believe that this is due to green tea containing many powerful antioxidants and preventative anti-cancer agents.

In recent Australian studies CSIRO scientists found that the occurrence of skin cancer in laboratory mice was greatly reduced when they were given black tea. It is thought that polyphenols which are very strong antioxidants and are contained in the tea are the most likely reason for this phenomenon.

Tea can be used to soothe burns and sunburns. Put wet tea bags onto the affected areas or keep in place with gauze. You can also put tea into your bath water. This works for other types of burns as well.

The costliest teabag ever was created for the 75th anniversary of the PG TIPS Tea Company. The bag was filled with 280 diamonds and expensive limited edition tea leaves. The bag cost £7,500 (British Money ‘Pounds Sterling’) and was auctioned to raise money for a Children’s hospital in Britain

In the last 40 to 50 years tea production has expanded by over 156% with more than 3,048 million tonne (3,000 million long tons U.K.) of tea produced every year.


Caffeine is one of the most important constituents of tea. Although the caffeine in coffee is absorbed rapidly into the body, this is not so with tea. The rate of absorption is much slower and the caffeine remains in the body longer, making tea the more refreshing, revitalizing drink.

‘Orange Pekoe’ most people think is a type of tea but is really a grading of tea. There are seven grades which are sorted by leaf size. “Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe” There a good tongue-twister for you. (FTGFOP) is the highest grade and “fanning’s” (tea dust) is the lowest. Fanning’s are used in most tea bags, those same ones you find on supermarket shelves.

Tea tasters and blenders (much like their counterparts in the wine industry) have a special vocabulary of more than 100 words to describe the appearance and flavour of tea. Five of the most common are:

Body (tea with a strong liquor, rather than a thin, weak one.
Coloury (good coloured liquor).
Flat (tea that has gone off, has too much moisture).
Tip (the very end of the delicate young buds that give golden flecks to the process leaf).
Wiry (well-twisted leaf, as opposed to open pieces).

Connoisseurs of tea brew loose leaves (tea bags are only for emergencies) and leave the milk in the refrigerator and the sugar in the pantry. A good tea should not require anything added to it.





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