International Tea Day

Britons are famous for their tea time: The average British person enjoys 876 cups of tea each year – enough to fill more than two bathtubs. But not only in Britain it is one of the most beloved drinks – everywhere around the globe people appreciate a warming cup of tea since a long time.

Story of success

The story of tea begins in China: The legend says that the first tea was created by accident when leaves of the Camellia Sinensis fell into a boiled cup of drinking water. However, the first unambiguous textual reference to the consumption of tea as a beverage can be dated to 59 BCE during the Western Han Dynasty. During the 16th century tea came to the West via priests and merchants. Drinking tea became fashionable among Britons during the 17th  century, who introduced the tea plant to their possessions in India to bypass a Chinese monopoly.
Nowadays tea is popular around the globe and grown in many countries: There are the well-known origins, such as China, India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya, but tea is also grown in less familiar places, such as Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Turkey and Vietnam.

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Variety of tea

There are estimated to be in the region of 1500 varieties of tea, however most can be placed under the following headings: Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong, Pu-erh Tea and Yellow Tea. They all  come from the very same tea plant, known as Camellia Sinensis. Differences among the five types of tea result from the various degrees of processing and the level of oxidization. The tea leaves undergo natural chemical reactions resulting in taste and color changes.
Herbal teas are any beverages made from the infusion of herbs or spices in hot water. These drinks are distinguished from true teas, which are prepared from the leaves of the tea plant. In many countries, the word 'tea' may only be used for leaves of Camellia Sinensis and therefore these beverages are often labelled as infusion or tisane. 
Why everyone loves tea

Tea doesn’t only taste good - many people consider drinking tea part of a healthier life style. Modern scientific research proves that tea can have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Teas like Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong and Pu-erh contain antioxidants, catechins and polyphenols, which positively impact our bodies. Tea supports our metabolism, cleanse our bodies and can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Additionally, a warming cup of tea can have a calming effect on you and helps keeping anxiety and stress at bay.

We at Wessanen love tea and believe in the power of natural products. That’s is why many lovely organic tea brands are part of our family:
Alter Eco