The History of Tea: A Journey Through TimeThe History of Tea: A Journey Through TimeDelve into the captivating history of tea, from its ancient origins to the modern delights. Explore the fascinating journey of tea cultivation, trade, and cultural significance. Uncover the stories behind this beloved beverage with Lipton.// History of Tea: A Journey Through TimeThe History of Tea: A Journey Through Time800800


The History of Tea: A Journey Through Time


It’s one of the world’s best-loved drinks, a staple of millions of kitchens around the globe, and billions of cups of it are enjoyed every day. But did you know that tea has been giving people a refreshing lift for thousands of years? Let us take you on a little journey through the history of the world’s favorite beverage.


The origin of tea is surrounded by myths and stories. From Chinese Emperors to Portuguese princesses, the history of tea is as rich as its taste. The earliest references to drinking tea originate from China where legend has it that a leaf fell into water being boiled for Emperor Shen Nung and he found the taste refreshing. Little did he know, he’d just invented the first cup of tea.   


Later on during the Tang Dynasty, Japanese Buddhist scholars visiting China brought tea seeds back to Japan. The Japanese fell in love with the drink and instantly welcomed it into their culture, eventually creating the now-famous Japanese tea ceremonies.


Afternoon tea was supposedly invented by Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess often fancied a snack in the afternoon and realized that a light meal of Darjeeling (a tea grown in West Bengal, India), cake or sandwiches was the perfect cup of tea. Just like that, afternoon tea was born.


In Britain, high tea prices opened the doors for smuggling and illegal tea drinking. In fact, during the 18th century, more tea was smuggled into the country than was imported legally.  It wasn’t until the government reduced taxes and our very own Sir Thomas Lipton brought tea to the masses, that it became the popular drink it remains today.