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.
Read more about our relationship with local producers
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
. 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.
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: