Tea arrives in europe
Over in Europe, it was the Portuguese who first discovered the pleasures of tea – after missionaries and merchants who lived in Asia brought tea back home as a gift. Yet it was the Dutch who saw the commercial potential of this remarkable leaf. Even then, it would remain incredibly expensive and, for a good many years, only the highest members of society could afford such a delicacy.
Last but not least
Funnily enough, the British, famed for their tea consumption, didn’t take to drinking tea straight away. It wasn’t until Charles II married the Portuguese princess (and known tea lover) Catherine of Braganza, that tastes changed. Wanting to keep up with the new queen, the Brits soon took to drinking tea and never looked back.