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What is Tea?

Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, second only to water?

When most people think of tea they typically think of a brew of steeped dried leaves from the broad leaf perennial evergreen plant, Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant). However, the
term in its true sense refers to the whole plant, not just the leaves.

Tea is often widely used to describe other drinks where ingredients are steeped in water, however these are more accurately known as Fruit Tisanes or Herbal Infusions as they do not in fact contain any tea leaf as an ingredient.

An often-surprising fact to people outside the tea industry is that all teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh) come from the same plant. Originally native to Asia, the traditional tea-growing countries are China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka but in recent years, it is now being grown around the world.

The tea plant grows best in loose, deep soil, at high altitudes, and in sub-tropical climates. According to the history of tea, the first recorded consumption was in China, as early as the 10th century BC. Once considered a drink for the wealthy upper classes, it wasn’t until the 19th century that tea drinking became a common pastime for all the social classes.

Loose leaf tea is known as ‘Orthodox Tea', is handpicked selecting only the two young leaves and the bud. The type of tea produced depends on what actions are taken next....

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