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from Firestone Park

History Of Tea

Tea is nearly 5,000 years old and was discovered, as legend has it, in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. Herbal tea remedies have been around for a long time. Tea soon became an important drink in all of China, not just for the royal household. A Buddhist priest then introduced tea to imperial Japan where its popularity spread.


Europe was introduced to tea through a Portuguese Jesuit priest who visited China. Portugal and then the Dutch began to import tea to Europe. It began as a drink of the wealthiest, but as more tea was imported, the common person began to enjoy tea. The popularity of tea did not last long in France (50 years) as they had a stronger preference for wine, chocolate, and exotic coffees. Once introduced to England, tea quickly replaced ale as the national drink.

Trade in Asia, specifically with China and India, soon became monopolized by England and it was based on the importation of tea. In the society of England elaborate service emerged to serve tea. In clubs, in gardens and in homes, tea was the beverage that prompted good conversation and friendships.

About the same time Imperial Russia gained interest in tea. Russia developed its own traditions with tea, using the samovar from the Tibetan “hot pot”. Russians favor tea that is highly sweetened. Tea is the national drink of Russia.

In America the early Dutch colonists were heavy drinkers of tea. Later it became popular with the English colonists. It soon became a favorite with the colonial women. Tea however, was very heavily taxed and contraband tea was smuggled in by the independent American merchants.

Herbal teas were adopted from the Indians. As new and heavier taxes were put on the colonists, they rebelled and purchased mostly Dutch tea. England tried to force American women to purchase and drink only English tea, which resulted in women boycotting English tea until their rights were restored. The American Revolution soon followed with the Boston Tea Party leading the way...


Today we have so many different types of tea having a unique aroma and characteristics. Milford Tea, Lipton Tea and Kusmi Tea are some of the most popular tea types among all kinds of tea...