The History of Tea

    According to Chinese legend, tea was first discovered in 2727 BC, when the Emperor Shen Nong was purifying water in the shelter of a tea tree, and several leaves blew into the pot. Having tasted the resulting brew, of superb fragrance, color and taste, the emperor rejoiced. He introduced the hot beverage to his people, but until roughly 618AD, the beverage was used mostly for medicinal purposes. It was then, during the Tang Dynasty, that tea became a popular household beverage for everyday use. The spread of tea to the western world started in 1517 when Portuguese trade ships first docked in China. The tea drinking custom was introduced to France in 1638, then to England in 1645, and subsequently to other European countries and North America in the middle of the 17th Century.

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