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Let’s Talk Tea - The History Of Tea    

Hey there Teacups! Welcome to this weeks instalment of  Let’s Talk Tea. Today we’re discussing the most important topic of them all. The History Of Tea.
The history of tea is rather long and comaplex. But in today’s post I’m going to try and give you a some what bullet pointed version of the most important parts of the history of tea.

– Tea is often considered as a quintessentially British Drink, we have been drinking it for over 350 years. But the history of tea goes much further back than that.

– The Story of tea began in china,   According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung ( a renowned herbalist) was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water.  The tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting infusion is what we now call tea.

– It’s pretty much impossible to know if there is any truth behind that legend, but the story of tea certainly did begin in China.

– Around the sixteenth century is when the first talks of tea as a drink began between the Europeans. The Dutch were in fact the first ship back Tea as a commercial import.

Tea In Britain 

– It was the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza that would prove to be a turning point in the history of tea in Britain. She was a Portuguese princess, and a tea addict, and it was her love of the drink that established tea as a fashionable beverage first at court, and then among the wealthy classes as a whole.

– Capitalising on this, the East India Company began to import tea into Britain, its first order being placed in 1664 – for 100lbs of China tea to be shipped from Java.

Afternoon Tea

– Afternoon tea was supposedly invented by Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford.

The duchess often became hungry in the afternoon. She realized a light meal of Darjeeling, cake or sandwiches was the perfect solution. Just like that, afternoon tea was born.

She had the right idea didn’t she! I’m very thankful for Anna and her love of tea and cake!

So there we have it a brief introduction to the history of tea 🍵

I’ll be talking more about tea in the modern age in a post coming soon on the history of bagged tea. So if you want to know a little bit more about the long and complex history of tea, make sure you’re following me so you don’t miss my upcoming posts.

As always if you have any questions be sure to stick them in the comments and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.

Enjoy your tea while I’m gone! Speak to you all again on Thursday – Kimberley 🍵💖

15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Tea - The History Of Tea    ”

  1. This was such a pleasurable read! I never knew that the UK was not the first in Europe to consume tea! We’re all living a lie clearly! Can’t wait to see future posts on this, I like my history lessons ;D


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  2. I do love a cuppa so this post was super informative and interesting. I didn’t know about the invention of afternoon tea, certainly thankful to the duchess though! I guess you learn something new everyday haha. Thanks for sharing!

    -Ruminvte xo

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  3. This was such a fun post to read! It’s amazing that tea wasn’t imported until 1664, too. I have a soft spot in my heart for the East India Company, since one of my favorite philosophers (John Stuart Mill) worked there!


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  4. I really enjoyed this post! So helpful and informative. I really love tea, so it’s great to know more about tea and its history through your post. Looking forward to your next Let’s Talk About Tea post.

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