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Tea History

It should come as no surprise to many that tea history began in China and was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C. when dried tea leaves floated into his hot water, thus beginning a long relationship between man and tea. Tea then traveled through the Orient and crossed over to Europe causing quite a sensation. It wasn’t until 1650 that this popular beverage made its way over the ocean to the United States. By the 1880s our country was making it’s mark on tea history by being the largest importer of tea and iced tea was introduced in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The original tea bag was intended as a package for the tea but soon became a convenient way of distributing tea in hot water. Hand-sewn silk muslin bags were the first tea bags used and tea bag patents of this sort have been found dating as early as 1903. Approximately 70 percent of the tea we drink today comes from tea estates in China, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Argentina and Kenya. The three basic types of tea are green, black and oolong which are best grown in tropical or semi-tropical climates. Americans consume 140 million cups of tea daily with 80 percent of that number in the form of iced tea. No matter whether it is white, green, oolong, black, or scented tea, they are all produced from the evergreen plant of the Camellia family.

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