Tea history

Today's post is about TEA.,
Do you believe it or not, in every 10 members 1 person will drink tea in our world
okay i leave the world, now my age is 24., from my 10th birthday onwards till now , i had nearly 10,000 cups of tea, daily with or with out reason i will take more than 2 cups of tea in a day,
i think you will also have tea like me
Read more details of tea
Tea is basically the dried and processed leaves of only one species of plant called camellia sinensis. Interestingly enough, herbal teas or herbal infusions are not really teas, but simply dried leaves and/or flowers from various other plants and herbs.
Even though all teas come from only one species, there are three major varietals:
The China – Small leaves and generally thrives at higher altitudes.
The India (in Assam) – Larger leaves and generally thrives at lower altitudes.
The Hybrid – Kind of in-between the Chinese and Indian.
History of Tea
2737 B.C.
• The second emperor of China, Shen Nung, discovers tea when tea leaves blow into his cup of hot water or so the story goes.
310 Bc
. Alexander the great, and his solders uses to drink hot water with tea leaves for avoiding deceases from dirty water
400-600 AD
• Demand for tea as a medicinal beverage rises in China and cultivation processes are developed. Many tea drinkers add onion, ginger, spices, or orange to their teas.
593 AD
• Buddhism and tea journey from China to Japan. Japanese priests studying in China carried tea seeds and leaves back.
805 AD
• Buddhism and tea devotion spreads further.
• The Japanese Buddhist saint and priest Saicho and monk Kobo Daishi bring tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from China and plant gardens in the Japanese temples
1610 AD
• The Dutch bring back green tea from Japan (although some argue it was from China).
• Dutch East India Company market tea as an exotic medicinal drink, but it’s so expensive only the aristocracy can afford the tea and its serving pieces.
1657 AD
• The first tea is sold as a health beverage in London, England at Garway's Coffee House
• Tea with milk is mentioned in Madam de Sévigné’s letters.
• The Duchess of York introduces tea to Scotland.
• The first tea is sold publicly in Massachusetts
• The Russian Empress extends tea as a regulated trade.
• In order to fill Russia’s tea demand, traders and three hundred camels travel 11,000 miles to and from China, which takes sixteen months.
• Russian tea-drinking customs emerge, which entail using tea concentrate, adding hot water, topping it with a lemon, and drinking it through a lump of sugar held between the teeth

• Before the indigenous Assam tea plants is identified, British naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, hired by the East India Company, suggests that India grow plant and cultivate imported Chinese tea. For 50 years, India is unsuccessful

• Samples of indigenous Indian tea plants are sent to an East India Company botanist who is slowly convinced that they are bona fide tea plants
• The first American consul at Canton, Major Samuel Shaw, trades cargo for tea and silk, earning investors a great return on their capital and encouraging more Americans to trade with China

• The first tea from Indian soil and imported Chinese tea plants is sold. A small amount is sent to England and quickly purchased due to its uniqueness.

• Tea is planted in and about Darjeeling, India

• Over 90 percent of Britain's tea is still imported from China

• Thomas Lipton buys tea estates in Ceylon, in order to sell tea at a reasonable price at his growing chain of 300 grocery stores.
Late 1800s 
• Assam tea plants take over imported Chinese plants in India and its tea market booms.
• Ceylon’s successful coffee market turns into a successful tea market
• Sumatra, Indonesia becomes a cultivator and exporter of tea followed by Kenya and parts of Africa
The first tea bags were made from hand-sewn Silk bags and tea bag patents of this sort exist dating as early as 1903.
The rectangular tea bag was not invented until 1944.

1950 Turnover of tea
More than US$ 100 Million (or > Rs. 400 Crore Approx.)

nearly US 1000 million dollors of tea is sold in one day, in whole world