The Global Journey of Tea: From Ancient Brew to Modern Beverage

Origin of Tea
Origin of Tea
Tea's discovery is attributed to Chinese Emperor Shen Nong in 2737 BC. Legend holds he found tea when leaves accidentally blew into his boiling water, revealing a refreshing beverage.
Tea Spreads to Japan
Tea Spreads to Japan
Buddhist monks brought tea from China to Japan in the 9th century. Japanese tea culture, including the tea ceremony or 'Chanoyu', evolved independently, turning tea into an art form.
Tea Reaches Europe
Tea Reaches Europe
Portuguese and Dutch traders first introduced tea to Europe in the 16th century. Initially an expensive luxury, tea became popular in Britain by the 17th century, influencing social customs.
Tea and British Empire
Tea and British Empire
The British East India Company monopolized the tea trade, leading to events like the Boston Tea Party in 1773, which became a catalyst for the American Revolutionary War.
Tea Cultivation Expands
Tea Cultivation Expands
In the 19th century, fearing dependency on Chinese tea, the British began cultivating tea in India and Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, successfully diversifying the tea industry.
Invention of Tea Bags
Invention of Tea Bags
Tea bags were invented accidentally in 1908 by American merchant Thomas Sullivan. He sent tea samples in silk bags, which buyers mistakenly steeped directly, creating a convenient brewing method.
Diverse Tea Cultures
Diverse Tea Cultures
From the Indian 'Chai' to the British 'Afternoon Tea', and the Moroccan 'Mint Tea', regional variations of tea reflect cultural identities, showcasing tea's global impact and adaptability.
Tea-Powered Electricity
Tea-Powered Electricity
In 2013, a UK company generated electricity using biogas from tea waste, powering 2,000 homes and lowering carbon emissions.
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Who discovered tea according to legend?
Japanese Buddhist monks
Emperor Shen Nong
Dutch traders