Tea, it´s something most of us drink on a daily basis. But where does it come from? And what types of tea are there? We would like to tell you a bit more about the world of tea.
Legend has it that tea was discovered in China by the Emperor Shen Nung nearly 5000 years ago. When he was boiling water next to a tree, a tea leaf fell into the pot by accident, the water changed of color and Shen tasted this beverage which he found delicious. Since then, tea has become one of the most popular beverages around the world.
Types of tea
There are different varieties of tea given from different harvesting process, the time the leaves have fermented in the sun and from oxidation. Each tea has for example a different color and taste. We will explain a bit more about some famous types of tea.
Tea is the second most consumed beverage on Earth, after water. In many cultures it is also consumed at elevated social events, like afternoon tea and the tea party. In England each person drinks around 5 cups of tea a day which makes the British one of the largest tea consumers in the world (in comparison a Dutch person drinks around 2 cups of tea a day). There is no ritual more British than the ceremony of Afternoon tea. According to history the usual habit of having dinner between 8 and 9 pm left the Duchess of Bedford hungry by late afternoon. To stave off the hunger, she drank tea and ate bread and butter and cakes with it, which she had served in her room. Later, she invited her friends to join her at home. This event has become a habit. Now, English afternoon tea is one of the greatest British customs.
English Tea brands
There are different famous brands for tea, maybe you even have a favorite one. English brands like Twinings are famous all over the world, but also Clipper or Williamson tea is getting more famous. Also in other countries you find famous tea brands, like Pickwick in Holland.
Feel like drinking a nice cup of tea? Have a look at our collection of tea, you will find both tea from British brands as the Dutch brand, but also natural herbal teas. Looking for a special flavor that you cannot find in our standard assortment? Feel free to contact us, we will see what we can do for you.