Tea Stories

More tea history in China May 25 2017

Between 1101 and 1125, the Chinese Emperor developed an obsession with tea. He wrote frequently about the best practices of tea, including whisking. He often held tea-tasting tournaments in his royal court. 

Emperor Hui Tsung ignored the Mongol threat to the region as they took over the entire empire.

Garden settings became very popular for tea ceremonies around China, a tradition which continues to this day.

The Sung Dynasty May 24 2017

Between 960 and 1280, tea ware became prominent in the land. Elegant tea sets, including teacups, were beautifully made from the finest pottery and porcelain. The Chinese were introduced to powdered Japanese tea, and the flavoring of tea became more popular. And tea became the favorite ceremonial drink during temple rituals among Zen Buddhists in Japan.

Tea and the Buddhists May 23 2017

In 805, tea became a favorite drink amongst Buddhist monks. Tea seeds were officially brought from China to Japan. A Buddhist priest named Saicho and a monk named Kobo Daishi helped spread the culture of tea by growing the Chinese seeds in many Japanese temples.

Tea history from China May 22 2017

In the year 780, Tea became very popular in China, and tea tax was introduced to the public. Lu Yu, the Chinese poet wrote: "Cha jing", the first book about tea. It aligned very well with Taoist beliefs for its spirituality, and detailed accounts of growing, cultivating and making tea.

729 May 20 2017

"Hiki-Cha" or powdered tea is the most popular tea among Buddhist priests, and also the Japanese Emperor.

725 May 19 2017

"ch'a" is the official name of tea in China.

648 - 749 May 18 2017

A Japanese monk by the name of Gyokoi decides to incorporate tea planting in 4 Buddhist temple gardens. The Japanese general public still does not know much about tea. Tea drinking is mostly enjoyed by aristocracy and high priests.

618 - 907 May 17 2017

T'ang Dynasty ... tea becomes the most popular drink in the nation. Tea is now believed to carry with it very strong medicinal benefits.

479 May 16 2017

The reputation of tea grows all the way from China to Turkey, and traders from that region start bargaining for tea.

400 - 600 May 15 2017

The Chinese began experimenting with tea. They added ginger, spices and oranges to their drinks. At that time, the Chinese believed that tea could help to heal ailments.

From Angie McCartney May 04 2017

On our various trips to Russia and Siberia, as milk was never available, they encouraged me to put a spoonful of raspberry or strawberry jam into each cup, served absolutely boiling hot. I grew to like it. It is similar to taking black tea with honey which is more popular in America.

Elie Wiesel May 03 2017

"That I survived the  Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life - that is what is abnormal."

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy May 02 2017

"Is there any tea on this spaceship?" he asked."

A Synopsis of tea consumption over time April 26 2017

A few thousand years ago, some jungle tribal groups of south-east Asia chewed leaves from the tea plant. Some two thousand years ago, tea was being drunk by a handful of religious communities. A thousand  years ago, it was drunk by millions of Chinese. Five hundred years ago, over half the world's population was drinking tea. During the next 500 years it spread across the planet. Second only to water, tea is more ubiquitous than any other type of drink. Its world consumption is equal to all other manufactured drinks combined, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, carbonated beverages and alcoholic drink.s

Angie McCartney April 25 2017

By George, he's got it! April 23 2017

"I'd rather have a cup of tea than sex."
Boy George

Lisa Cody April 20 2017

"Bernie made the kind of tea a mouse could stand on."

Jeanine Larmoth and Charlotte Turgeon April 19 2017

"Tea quenches tears and thirst."

A. Gilbert April 18 2017

"Gin is cheering and wine maketh glad the heart of a man, but when you're in a real turmoil, there's nothing like a good strong cup of tea."

P.D. James April 17 2017

"A cup of tea is the British specific against disaster, grief and shock."

Ueda Akinari April 15 2017

"Though I cannot flee from the world of corruption, I can prepare tea with water from a mountain stream and put my heart to rest."

Henry James April 14 2017

Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Chang loo April 14 2017

"Tea is a beverage which not only quenches thirst, but dissipates sorrow."

Dominic Cheung April 13 2017

" If I, the boiling water,

And you, the tea;

Then your fragrance

Has to depend solely upon my plainness

I have to be hot, even boiled

Before we consume each other."