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• The Chinese have consumed tea for thousands of years.
People of the Han Dynasty used tea as medicine. China is
considered to have the earliest records of tea consumption
with records dating back to the 10th century BC.
• Tea drinking was widespread. The book describes how tea
plants were grown, the leaves processed.
• Teas produced in this period were mainly tea bricks which
were often used as currency.
Where did it come from?
• Origins of tea come from south Asia.
• It comes from lands of northeast India, north
Burma, southwest China and Tibet. The plant
was introduced to more than 52 countries.
• The usage of tea spread to Japan around the
6th century.Tea became a drink in Japan when
Japanese priests were sent to China to learn
about its culture and they brought tea to
• Ancient recordings indicate the first batch of
tea seeds were brought by a priest named
• Tea was first introduced into India by the British,
in an attempt to break the Chinese monopoly
• Prior to the British, the plant may have been
used for medicinal purposes.
• India was the top producer of tea for nearly a
century after China in 1st. Place.
The United Kingdom
• The import of tea into Britain began in the 1660s
with the marriage of King Charles II to the
Portuguese princess Catherine of Braganza, who
brought to the court the habit of drinking tea.
• By the end of the seventeenth century tea was taken
as a drink, drank mainly by the aristocracy.
English tea tradition
• In Britain black tea is usually served with milk and strawberry
• Strong tea served with milk and occasionally one or two
teaspoons of sugar.
• Much of the time in the United Kingdom, tea drinking is not
the delicate, refined cultural expression that some might
imagine: a cup of tea is something drunk often, with some
people drinking six or more cups of tea a day.
Tea as a meal
• Tea is served in the afternoon light meal at
• There used to be a tradition of tea rooms in
the UK which provided the traditional fare of
cream and jam on scones.
Made by :
Lucija Dora Mrkonjić