Creektee Cafe – Tea
Who discovered tea?
Legend has it that in 2737 BC a Chinese emperor, Shen Nung was sitting under a tree while his servant boiled water for him to drink. Some leaves from the tree blew into his water and the emperor , who was in fact also a herbalist, decided to try the water anyways, Thus became the beverage known as tea.
How tea is grown
Many countries cultivate tea, with the main producers being China, India and Sri Lanka.
Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant .
There are two main types of tea plants:
- China bush, a hardier plant prefers cooler temperatures and the
- Assam bush which prefers a warm , humid climate
Tea plants are pruned constantly during their growing season to encourage new shoots . The plants are not harvested until the third year and harvest occurs twice a year, in spring and summer.
Harvesting is done by hand so as not to damage the delicate leaves. They are harvested into large wicker baskets and transported to a processing plant.
Tea or Coffee?
Well, America by far drinks the most coffee despite the fact that tea is more popular and widely consumed worldwide. Tea is the national drink of China and India with both countries having populations topping a billion people.
Like coffee, tea can be hot or iced and comes in a variety of blends. So it is really up to your taste buds. I find people have a strong preference to one or the other. You are either a coffee lover or a tea enthusiast. No matter which one gives you that morning wake up call or warms you up on that cold blustery day, pick your favorite mug, sit back and enjoy!
“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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