Tea was initiated in Southwest China, it was used as a medicinal pick-me-up, It was popularized as a recreational drink throughout the Chinese Tang Dynasty, its popularity blow-out to other East Asian countries.
Bestowing to Chinese legend, the history of tea began in 2737 B.C.E. when the Emperor Shen Nong explored different plants to create drinks. The story goes a skilled ruler and scientist, discovered tea. While boiling water in the garden, a leaf from an overhanging wild tea tree drifted into his pot, his incident became The Green Mug fascination of Fresh Herbal Tea, incredibly the first record of tea dates to the 3rd century AD, in a medical text written by Hua Tuo, the “T” means (for talk or truth), it was the custom of women gathering tea in the afternoon to drink and gossip.
The British learned the chinses, methods of planting including cultivating techniques, then they started to export tea worldwide, attempting to break the chines hold on tea. This was during the days of British colonial rule, by a man called Scotsman Robert Bruce whom discovered a variety of Camellia sinensis plant and how to mass produce them.
Tea Reached Europe though Venice (Italy) around 1560, although Portuguese trading ships may have contacted the Chinese as early as 1515. Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it to Europe during the 16th century as trade and consumption.
England was a latecomer, when it came to tea, even though the custom of drinking tea dates to the third millennium BC in China, it was not until the mid-17th century that the beverage first appeared in England main land. One of the first merchants to offer tea was Thomas Garway, He sold dry tea to the public as early as 1657, years later he issued a broadsheet advertising tea, touting its virtues at "making the body active and lusty", and "preserving perfect health until old age".
In England we started to drink tea throughout the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Catherine de Braganza, they loved their tea, so did the public, it grow so fast and poplar the empire wanted to tax it.
Taxation on Tea
Charles II did his bit to counter the growth of tea, with several acts forbidding its sale in private houses. This measure was designed to counter sedition, but it was so unpopular that it was impossible to enforce. A 1676 act taxed tea and required coffee house operators to apply for a licence.
This was just the start of governments attempts to control, or at least, to profit from the popularity of tea in Britain. By the mid-18th century the duty on tea had reached an absurd 119% tax. This heavy taxation had the effect of creating a whole new industry of smuggling.
Ships from Holland and Scandinavia brought tea to the British beaches, whereas the smugglers met them and unloaded the valuable cargo in small vessels. The smugglers, often local fishermen, snuck the tea through underground passages and hidden paths to special hiding locations.
One of the best hiding places was in the local churches, still smuggled tea was expensive, therefore extremely profitable for the smugglers, many of the smugglers began to adulterate the tea with other substances, that’s why many companies today, =sell what is known as dusty tea, which is mass produced allowing them to sell cheaply.
At The Green Mug, we have non-of that, just like Thomas Garway we want to provide originally organic tea, fresh from its roots, such as willow, licorice, and sloe leaves. We use fresh tea leaves.
Finally, in 1784 William Pitt the Younger introduced the Commutation Act, which dropped the tax on tea from 119% to 12.5%, effectively ending smuggling. Adulteration remained a problem, though, until the Food and Drug Act of 1875 brought in stiff penalties for the practice.
it was not until the mid-19th century that the concept of 'afternoon tea' first appeared to England. Afternoon tea is said to have originated with one person; Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. In the early 1800's she launched the idea of having tea in the late afternoon to bridge the gap between luncheon and dinner, which in her fashionable circles tea was served until 8 o'clock at night. This fashionable custom soon evolved into high tea among the working classes, where this late afternoon repast became the main meal event of the day.
Tea also had its own class, an explanation to why that was, is because the average person drank comfortably in low chairs or sofas, the Afternoon Tea was taken in high chairs as the upper classes developed their own variation hence they named it (high tea) the result became Tea time, which is the time at which is late afternoon to early evening, associated with Great Britain, Ireland, and some other Commonwealth countries.
The current pleasure gardens of Ranelagh and Vauxhall in London began serving tea around 1730. An evening of dancing and watching firework, the concept caught on, Tea Gardens opened all over Britain. Usually the gardens were opened at weekends.
the tea shop can be traced to one person. In 1864 the female manager of the Aerated Bread Company, serving food and drink to her patrons. Soon everyone was asking for tea. tea shops provided a place where an unchaperoned woman could meet her friends and socialise without damage to her reputation.
a little bit of fact, tea was served in delicate cups which often fractured from the heat of the tea. Milk was added to cool the liquid and to stop the cups from braking, Therefore, even today, many English people add milk to our tea, milk can pamper the reginal flavour of tea,
Thanks to progress we don’t have to worry about that anymore, if you want the health benefits of your tea, try drinking it with honey or lemon, hemp milk is also a good way, just like the Russians and other Slavic settlements do.
Chai is typically made with black tea, but also available with green tea, Rooibos or Green tea as well, remember that Green Tea has less caffeine than black tea, and a larger amount of EGCg, making it a powerful anti-oxidant.
We British drink each day a whacking 165 million cups on a daily bases or 60.2 billion cups per year. For anti-oxidant try The Green Mug Matcha which 100% Organic Tea that can be used for cooking, shakes and obviously tea, a great addition to a slimming diet.
If you prefer black tea with milk and sugar, drink it for breakfast. Then, later in the day, try to add in a cup of green tea, the recommended maximum intake of caffeinated teas is no more than five 1-cup servings per day. However, choosing decaffeinated or caffeine-free teas, such as herbal teas, is a safe way of drinking six to eight cups of tea per day
Here is a list of healthy herbal teas you'll want to try.
Peppermint and spearmint Tea
Internal Peace, Energy Mint, Herbal Vitality, Nutty Mint and Skin Tonic.
Ginger & Lemonade, also found in The Green Mug Ayurveda range.