What Does Tea Mean?

2737BC. The flow of time from 2737BC to 2014 is nearly incomprehensible to me. The modification, the modernisation, the evolution. What is the relevance of this date?

This is the year tea was uncovered.

Yes, in 2737BC, in China, the Chinese emperor came across a mysterious potion after fallen leaves from the camellia sinensis plant inadvertently fell into the water his servant was boiling for him to consume. As a herbalist, he accepted the chance to try a brand-new mixture, sipped the delicate liqueur and also right away fell in love; a love that has actually been shared by billions of individuals given that.

But it is mind blowing to think that tea has actually been eaten by individuals for over 4000 years. And also possibly even stranger to think that in Britain, we have actually just been drinking tea (our saviour, our convenience, our ‘pack-your-kettle-last-so-it’s- the-first-thing-out-the-lorry’) for a short 400 years.

Nevertheless, this is an unbelievable amount of time to create the traditions and conventions related to alcohol consumption it, as well as the tea drinking ritual is one soaked in cultural customs.

It is possibly a generalisation, yet when we consider tea alcohol consumption rituals, it is the Chinese as well as Japanese tea ceremonies that quickly come to mind: procedure, silence, connections to nature, tea as a gift, a means of offering many thanks or apologies to a relative.

Rule-governed and deliberate tea drinking? The officialism appears unusual to us.

On representation however, probably there is ritualism in our very own tea usage. Doesn’t tea follow dish times, assistance calm our nerves, welcome us home after work, or welcome good friends over ( envision not offering a pal a brew after knocking on your door. Ultimate social faux pas), raise our spirits and also console us? Although we do not wear robes or stoop down, tea does have value: comfort, safety, relationship. If this isn’t our tradition, then I do not know what is.

Tea is not simply enjoyed in the countries mentioned above. Tea has actually efficiently bewitched people in every continent across the globe, which has resulted in it being branded as the 2nd most commonly consumed beverage in the world after water. Tea’s ability to penetrate societies has perhaps allowed it to survive these 4000 years, each bringing their own practices and peculiarities in which to commemorate this distinct liquid.

And also this is what we will here discover; exactly how tea alcohol consumption customs vary in a few of the top tea alcohol consumption areas of the world.


As stated over, in China the intake of tea is ceremonial. Not just do the Chinese individuals celebrate tea, however they use tea to formally commemorate or consolidate occasions, such as offering tea at household celebrations, as a symbol of official apology and also as a way of pleasantly addressing as well as giving thanks to moms and dads for the providing and also obtaining of partners at weddings.

It is the tastes as well as fragrances of the tea which are at the heart of the routine. Each tool is meticulously washed or cleansed utilizing the very first infusion of the eco-friendly tea leaves to ensure that the second infusion’s taste is not coloured by any international bodies, like dirt particles, so the tea is pure.

Significantly too is the means the tea is poured; slowly, in one movement, throughout all mugs (which are little clay pots) and also just fifty percent complete. The other half of the cup is said to be full of relationship and also affection; for that reason binding host and also visitor in their tea alcohol consumption experience.


In Japan, the tea ceremony centres around the making of Japanese Matcha tea; a green tea ground to a great powder which is world renowned for its outstanding healing powers, high concentration of antioxidants and instead bitter preference.

The ceremony is called Chanoyu as well as focuses on the aesthetic appeals of tea making instead of the taste or scents, making the experience more of a choreographed efficiency than a quenching of thirst.

The event’s make-up go back to the twelfth century and involves the host’s offering of the tea, as well as the presentation of the tools and ceramics utilized to prepare it, the plan of blossoms in the room as well as calligraphy. These items can all be modified by the host to best fit the celebration for which the tea is offered. It is also the host’s task to have actually considered their guests’ sight of the tea at every angle in the area, to make certain that their experience will certainly be just one of purity, peacefulness as well as tranquility: a crucial responsibility.

The thoughtful consideration that is required for a effective ceremony typically ensures that the bonds of relationship between the hosts as well as their visitors are reinforced after the experience is ended.


In India, tea is offered on the streets by Chai Wallahs, or ‘tea makers’, that blend their hot chai tea on their stalls at train stations, bus stations and on every road corner.

Genuine chai is milklike, pleasant and spicy, made from thick buffalo milk, Assam tea, cardamom capsules, ginger, cinnamon and frequently what seems like a ton of sugar. The active ingredients can differ, however the ritual of offering normally stays the exact same: the Chai Wallah brews up all of the ingredients in a huge steel pot over open coals which are placed on the rock ground. When simmering, he puts the fluid through a filter right into a kettle, after that pours the chai right into small terracotta pots from a wonderful elevation. The alcohol consumption cups are just made use of as soon as; consumers tossing them to the ground once they have actually completed, smashing them to pieces, to permit the clay to get trampled back right into the ground.

Chai’s popularity in the UK has actually steadily expanded in the past year (it’s one if our best sellers!) and it’s very easy to see why. Chai tea is tasty; warming, spicy, calming, it’s like Christmas in a mug as well as yet I consume it all year round! OK, we such as to have it our means- we often tend to make Chai with hot water as opposed to in hot milk as well as private customers select whether to sweeten naturally with honey- yet the resulting convenience is the same.

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