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The History of Tea


There is an indispensable link between modern thedrikning and ancient China. We are going back in Chinese history as the year 2737 before our time. This is where we have the most-known legend about Tea. This is where the knowledge of the origin of the tea arose and the knowledge of the consumption of this wonderful and lively drink.

The journey through the ages and across continents has led to radical development of new cultivation methods, new rituals and innovative brewing accessories.

However, all this does not change the colorful origin of the tea: The most recognized myths and legends tell us that it was Emperor Shen Nung, a physician doctor who first discovered the good qualities of the tea for health and well-being, as well as its refreshing and refreshing taste, as a few leaves suddenly a day fell down from a tree and happened to land in a large kettle with hot water, which he had just boiled.

After that, the opaque properties of the tea were discovered, which increased the ability to concentrate, prevent depression and acted spiritually refreshing.

The Tea achieved rapid status of herbal sebum and was used to aid digestion and also included as an ingredient in skin care products as aids for skin problems and arthritis.

During the Han dynasty, tea became an increasingly popular beverage, and today there are still antique painted trays and tables, specifically intended for tea as well as decorated and similarly made cups and early porcelain bowls for the tea, which demonstrates the propagation of the tea and varying use .

By the end of the third century before our time, tea had developed into China's national beverage and in 332, Zhang Yi wrote down in detail how the tea was planted, grown and picked and how the leaves were processed before brewing.

During the fourth and fifth centuries, several new plantations were founded in the valley along the Yangtze River, and the tea was no longer regarded as an elixir, but now also as a treat.

Up through the Tang dynasty, a new etiquette regarding teadrinking was dictated and developed with strict codes and rules emerging from a new professional class of so-called 'TeaMasters', which took an extremely important role in society, namely as employees of the emperor or with wealthy Mandarin people.