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Learn everything about tea

You will find every aspect of tea, tea blends and the tea production processes carefully explained in this tea section.

Tea facts... worth knowing

Did you know...  that tea has many different varieties, more than 1500!

The first discovery

According to Chinese mythology, in 2737 BC the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, scholar and herbalist, was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. A leaf from the tree dropped into the water and Shen Nung decided to try the brew. The tree was a wild tea tree. There are many authentic and supposed references to tea in the centuries before Christ, according to the Chinese dictionary dated circa 350 AD. The Chinese t'u was often used to describe shrubs other than tea, hence the confusion when Confucius allegedly referred to tea or t'u when writing about the "sow thistle" plant in the Book of Odes.
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Tips to make the Perfect Brew

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More than 1500 tea blends

There are more than 1500 different teas to choose from, grown in more than 25 listed producer countries all around the world. The countries covered here, all members of the Tea Council except China, produce 79% of world tea and 86% of world exports. Teas can be defined by origin - for example India, Sri Lanka, Africa, China and Indonesia - or by methods of blending.
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Tea making: from plantation to cup

A member of the Camellia family, tea (Camellia sinensis) is an evergreen, tropical plant. It has green, shiny pointed leaves and was originally indigenous to both China and India. Under modern cultivation, tea is grown as a bush approximately one metre high, for ease of plucking, grown from cuttings or clones. These are carefully nurtured in nursery beds until ready for planting out.
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World tea trade

Tea is sold in a variety of ways. Tea may be sold at auction in countries of origin. There are international auction centres in Mombasa in Kenya, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Limbe in Malawi. India has auction centres in the north and south. Indonesia sells tea in Jakarta. China sells her tea by numbered standards at commodity fairs at Guangzhou. Tea prices are governed by quality, supply and demand. Tea brokers act as intermediaries and taste, value and bid on their client’s behalf. Tea may also be sold from the tea garden by private sale or at off-shore auction whilst on route to its destination.
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source: The Tea Council

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