100 Interested Facts about Tea

  1. According to legend, tea originated in China during the reign of Emperor Shennong or Shen-Nung in 28th century BC. Ref  
  2. All tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant White, Yellow, Green Oolong, Black and post fermented). Ref 
  3. If it does not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant (Rooibos, Yerba Mate, etc) it is considered herbal teas or tisanes. Ref 
  4. European Marriage Counselor Andrew Marshall believes "If you stop in the middle of love-making to have tea and talk to each other, it shows how desire comes and goes". Ref
  5. The Japanese Emperor Shomu receives a gift of China tea from a visiting T’ang court emissary. Ref
  6. The Japanese Emperor Shomu serves Chinese tea to visiting monks. The monks are inspired by the tea and decide to grow it in Japan. Ref
  7. Tea became an export for China to the Dutch, the British and the Russians. Ref 
  8. As Europeans (mainly Britain) became more fond of tea, they started to trade tea from China for opium from India. Ref 
  9. As Tea prices were expensive, each of these Empires decided to grown their own Tea. The Dutch in Indonesia, the British in India and the Russians in Georgia. Ref 
  10. While there are many tales as to how tea seeds where supplied to different countries, according to research from the U of M, In 1826, J.I.L.L. Jacobson had smuggled tea out of China, and established its cultivation in the Dutch East Indies. Ref 
  11. According to the Atlantic, A Scottish botanist, disguised as a Chinese nobleman, smuggled Tea out of China in the 1800s, from there it made it’s way to India to be grown and harvested. Ref
  12. International Tea Day is December 15th. Happy Tea Day!! Ref 
  13. After water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. Ref 
  14. Some tea growers still harvest tea by hand, which can ensure the quality of the leaf and can take countless hours. Ref 
  15. The 4 top producing Tea countries in the world are China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Ref 
  16. In 2018, about 273 billion liters of tea what consumed worldwide and is forecasted to reach to 297 billion liters by 2021. Ref 
  17. In the US alone, tea consumption has risen over 400% since 1990. Ref 
  18. In 2018, Americans consumed over 84 billion servings of tea. Ref 
  19. To date, Turkey drinks to most tea per capita, followed by Ireland. Ref 
  20. To date Pakistan ($571.3 million US) is the largest importer of tea in dollar value followed by Russia ($497 million US), USA ($487.3 million), UK ($396.3 million) and the United Arab Emirates ($323.2 million). Ref 
  21. Tea grading is used for Black Teas to tell the size and shape of the leaf. Ref
  22. Afternoon tea, which consisted of tea and bread, scones or cakes, was developed by British Aristocrats to starve off hunger before the evening meal which is usually served around 8 pm. Ref 
  23. High tea is the lower class British tradition of drinking tea with plated items such as cold meats, vegetables, pickled fish, potatoes, salads, pies etc between 5-7 pm. Ref 
  24. Rooibos tea is a herbal tea also known as red tea or red bush tea. It is made using leaves from a shrub called Aspalathus linearis and usually grown on the western coast of South Africa. Ref    
  25. Published in Marion Cabell Tyree’s Housekeeping in Old Virginia in 1879, the first ice tea recipe advised steeping two teaspoons of green tea in a quart of boiling water in the morning to serve at supper after straining and pouring it into ice-filled goblets containing two teaspoons of granulated sugar and adding “a squeeze of lemon.” Ref 
  26. There is a debate about who invented the first Tea bag. Thomas Sullivan, a salesman shipping samples in silk pouches to his customers or two women, Roberta C. Lawson and Mary Molaren who filed a patent for a tea leaf holder that resembles what we use today. Ref 
  27. In the late 19th century, most men sported mustaches with wax. As heat from tea could melt the wax, the mustache cup was born. Ref 
  28. Some teabags are being made with plastic! (You might want to switch to loose leaf tea). Ref 
  29. Earl Grey is a black tea that is flavored with oil from the rind of bergamot orange, a fruit mostly grown in Italy. Ref 
  30. Earl Grey is assumed to be named after the 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s. The story reflects a moment of friendship between the British and Chinese during the period of the Opium Wars, a time of disputes and hostilities. Ref 
  31. Darjeeling, called the champagne of Teas is from a specific region and anyone selling it is required to be license by the Tea Board of India. Ref 
  32. South Carolina is the home of one of the largest Tea plantations in the US. Ref 
  33. China is largest consumer of tea, at about 1.6 billion pounds a year. Ref
  34. To date, Unilever is the Worlds Largest Tea Company. It owns Liption, Pure Leaf, Lyons and PG Tips to name a few. Ref 
  35. Lipton is one on the most popular Tea Brands in the World. Ref 
  36. Tea will taste different depending on where it is grown. Ref 
  37. Tea was first drank for medicinal purposes. Ref 
  38. In the US, Tea’s initial popularity declined after the Boston Tea Party. Coffee surpassed Tea and remains the preferred US beverage to this day. Ref 
  39. Laphet, a Myanmar traditional fermented tea leaf, has been developed for eating. Ref 
  40. Tea bags on your eyes can reduce swelling and puffiness. Ref 
  41. You can bathe in Tea. Ref 
  42. Tea bricks were once used for currency in different parts of Asia. This continued til WWII in Siberia. Ref 
  43. To date, the most expensive teapot in the world is worth about $3 million. Ref 
  44. Tea can be used to bake, cook, in beauty product, for cleaning and much, much, more. Ref 
  45. Some say that Portuguese Jesuit Father Jasper de Cruz is said to be the first European to mention tea in about 1560. Ref 
  46. Others say the first printed mention of it is even earlier, in 1550, in the Navigationi e Viaggiby Gian Battista Ramusio of Venice, who describes it as Chai Catai, or tea of China. Ref 
  47. At $1.3 million per kilogram, Da Hung Pao is considered the most expensive tea in the world. Ref 
  48. A suitable climate for growing tea has a minimum annual rainfall of 45 to 50 inches. Ref                                                                       
  49. Cold brewing reduces bitterness. Ref                                                   
  50. A tea sommelier will help you pair the right tea with your favorite dish or dessert. Ref 
  51. Adding milk can reduce tea stains on your teeth. Ref 
  52. The Japanese tea ceremony was a ceremonial way of preparing and green tea typically in a traditional tearoom with tatami floor. It was for guests to enjoy the hospitality of the host in an atmosphere distinct from the fast pace of everyday life. Ref 
  53. Tea was introduced to Japan in the 8th century from China and was drunk as a medicinal beverage mainly among priests and the upper class. Ref 
  54. Finely made and properly stored raw pu-erh gets better with age and increases in value, too. After years in the right environmental conditions, it generally develops a more complex, earthy and smooth flavor due to microbial activity. Ref 
  55. Different types will have different health benefits. Ref 
  56. Some cultures use tea leaves to predict the future. This is called Tasseomancy or Tasseography. Ref 
  57. Tea is the official drink of Iran. Ref 
  58. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Tea is the unofficial National Drink of Afghanistan. Ref 
  59. In 2005, to celebrate its 75th anniversary, PG Tips launched a hand-crafted tea bag collection. Each of these tea bags are studded with 280 diamonds and are filled with Silver Tips Imperial Tea. At about $15,000, the tea bags was donated to a charity auction for Manchester Childrens’ Hospital in England . Ref 
  60. White tea is rarer than others and the least processed of all teas. Ref 
  61. You need freshly drawn water for a good cup because re-boiling it takes out all the oxygen and nitrogen out of it. Ref 
  62. Black tea is the most commonly consumed (about 84 percent of totals worldwide) and the most processed. This doesn’t refer to the use of unhealthy sugars or artificial additives. Rather, the process used to make black tea. Ref 
  63. True lovers of this drink do not consider teabags to be a great invention, since they tightly pack the tea. This does not allow the leaves to expand while brewing, which enables the release of more of the compounds that are responsible for flavor, among other things. Ref 
  64. The number of recommended cups of tea to drink each day is 4, this gives you optimal benefit. Ref 
  65. Tea is a natural source of fluoride so tea everyday can keep the dentist away. Ref 
  66. Like any beverage, you can possibly drink too much. Ref 
  67. Bubble Tea, also called boba or pearl milk tea, originated in Taiwan. Originally it was made with Black Tea and tapioca balls are added. Ref 
  68. Thai Tea is also called Thai iced tea or cha-yen. It s a drink made from strongly-brewed Assam tea that usually contains added ingredients like orange blossom water, anise, red & yellow food coloring and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Coconut, evaporated or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving—it is never mixed before serving—to add taste and creamy appearance. Ref 
  69. Masala (meaning mixture of spices) Chai is one of the most beloved and well known tea drinks in India. Ref 
  70. Po cha is a Tibetan tea made of a special Black tea that is salted with Yak butter & Yak milk added. Ref 
  71. Lapsang Souchong was created by a threat to tea crops one year, Europeans liked the smoky taste and a new tea was born. Ref 
  72. When iced tea is combined with Lemonade it is commonly called an Arnold Palmer. Ref 
  73. Tea is good for you. Certain types are known to boost brain power. Ref 
  74. Put that pinky down, you no longer extend your pinky when drinking tea. Ref                                                                                                                       
  75. There are lots of songs about Tea, including one of my personal favorites “Tea in the Sahara” by the Police. Ref 
  76. Black tea is referred to as red tea in most Asian countries, however we refer to Rooibos tea as red tea in America. Ref 
  77. 87% of US millennials drink tea. Ref 
  78. An ancient 3200 year old Tea Tree is worshipped in the Yunnan province of China. Ref 
  79. Chinese author Lu Yu wrote “The Classic of Tea” between 760 and 780 BC. Ref 
  80. Larger tea infusers are preferable to small tea balls. This gives your loose leaf tea a chance to properly expand and give you the most flavor. Ref 
  81. The “Agony of the Leaves” is an expression used to describe the unfolding or unfurling of tea leaves in hot water. Ref 
  82. Matcha is a graded tea and Ceremonial Matcha has the highest grade and is of the best quality. Ref 
  83. Silver Needles white tea is the most expensive and prized of white teas. Ref
  84. Wa Kei Sei Jaku (harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) are the four principles of Chanoyu left by tea master Sen Rikyu (1522–1591) of Japan. Ref 
  85. There is speculation that the term “Orange Pekoe” comes from “Orange” which is said to come from either the Dutch House of Orange or copper color of a high-quality, oxidized leaf before drying. “Pekoe” may have been a mispronunciation of the word Peh-oe-ji or Peh-ho. Ref 
  86. Tea has almost no calories, which makes it a great substitute for sugary drinks like soda and juice. Tea is also thought to aid metabolism, the chemical process through which we turn what we eat and drink into life-sustaining energy. Ref 
  87. Green tea extract may improve your endurance. Ref 
  88. While most tea does contain lower amounts of caffeine, there are three methods of decaffeinating tea, Organic chemical solvents (methylene chloride or ethyl acetate), carbon dioxide or the water method (also known as the Swiss Water method). Ref
  89. Tea also has beauty benefits. From adding luster to dull hair to calming skin after shaving. Check out some of the most popular benefits. Ref 
  90. Milk Oolong is so named because the taste is light, creamy, and flowery and sometimes compared to milk. Ref 
  91. In China and Taiwan most tea is harvested by women and then turned over to men to process. Ref
  92. Purple tea is a genetic mutation that is said to be able to grow during droughts and frost. Ref 
  93. The Cantonese tap the tea table or table top lightly with the middle finger and index finger so as to express thanks when drinking tea. Ref 
  94. The European Patent Office lists 207 types of tea strainers. Ref 
  95. Green Tea is considered a Super Food. Ref 
  96. The largest cup of hot tea is 1,320.86 gallons and was achieved by Global Village Dubai in Dubai, UAE, on 25 January 2018. Ref 
  97. Some types of Tea are steep more than once. This is usually referred to as multiple infusions. Ref 
  98. Loose leaf tea does not spoil but can lose its potency over time. It can be stored from eighteen to twenty four months. Ref 
  99. Tea Clouding sometimes occurs in iced tea because of the natural oils in tea. Ref 
  100. There are many, many different spices and flavors that can be combined with tea. Get your favorite of try a new flavor today. Ref