Here are 10 interesting facts about tea that every tea lover should know!
1. According to the legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BCE when a tea leaf accidentally fell into his cup of hot water.
2. Tea bags were invented in 1908 in the U.S. by Thomas Sullivan. He created small silk bags to hold samples of tea but some of his customers thought they could steep the tea from the silk bag, and thus the tea bags were created.
3. Herbal teas are not actually teas because they do not use the tea leaves from Camellia Sinensis. They are just infusions.
4. Tea was one of the main reasons why the Opium War happened. Long story short, the British traded opium for tea with the Chinese but when the Chinese declared that they didn’t want anymore opium and that they weren’t willing to export tea, the British started the Opium War.
5. In the 17th century, Catherine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II, introduced the concept of tea drinking to the British as it was already widespread among the Portuguese nobility, where she is from.
6. Lemon should not be added to milk tea because the lemon will curdle the milk.
7. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. No, it is not coffee.
8. The most expensive kind of tea is a Chinese tea called Tieguanyin and it is around $1500 per pound.
9. After the Boston Tea Party, the popularity of tea in the U.S. declined and to this day, coffee remains more popular.
10. There are 3000 different kinds of tea.