Camellia sinensis , commonly known as tea, is grown in tea gardens and estates around the world. A simple beverage served either hot or iced, tea has fascinated and driven us, calmed and awoken us, for well over two thousand years. The most extensive and well-presented tea history available, Tea: The Drink that Changed the World tells of the rich legends and history surrounding the spread of tea throughout Asia and the West, as well as its rise to the status of necessity in kitchens around the world.
From the tea houses of China's Tang Dynasty , to fourteenth-century tea ceremonies in Korea's Buddhist temples' to the tea plantations in Sri Lanka today, this book explores and illuminates tea and its intricate, compelling history. History and Legend of tea.
Tea in Ancient China and Korea. Tea in Ancient Japan. The Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Tea in the Ming Dynasty. Tea Spreads Throughout the World. At first tea was treated as nothing more than a novelty— though a very expensive one.
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The British develop such a mania for tea fueled by the British East India Company merchants who made vast fortunes selling tea that it quickly became part of the national culture. Tea the drink and tea the social occasion became a part of British life, for everyone from lords and ladies to the men and women of the working class.
The obsession for tea in England during the nineteenth century had devastating effects half a world away in China and India. As Engliand expanded her imperialistic powers, she became more greedy for tea and the profits it engendered.
When the British realized that trading opium for tea was more lucrative than buying tea with silver, they quickly developed a huge opium industry in India. The ruling British class in India forced local farmers to grow opium poppies in their fields, rather than food crops. The result was hunger and deprivation in India and the Opium Wars and their tragic toll in China. Today many small growers throughout the world — from Southeast Asia to South America — plant and cultivate this ancient crop. And people all over the world enjoy the imcomparable taste of tea. The story of tea is the story of humankind in a nutshell, or perhaps a teacup.
It includes the best and worst of who we are and what we do. Throughout its long history, tea has been used as medicine, as an aid to meditation, as currency, as bribes, and as a means of controlling rebellions.
It has been the instigation for wars and global conflicts. It has also been the reason for parties, for family gatherings, and for high-society occasions. In short, tea has touched and changed our lives as no other beverage has, connecting us all — from the workers to the monks, from the pluckers to the emperors, from the British to the Chinese, to me.
As I sit and sip yet another cup of tea, it is my hope that the story of tea will teach us lessons of humankind and of human kindness, that we will find that tea did not merely change the world, but changed humanity.
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