A short history of tea

The cup of tea was an accident: 

In 273 BC, the Emperor Shen Nung insisted that all water was boiled for hygiene reasons. One day leaves from a wild tea tree dropped into a pan of water his servant was preparing. 

The Emperor was taken with the refreshing flavor of the beverage and its popularity rapidly spread throughout ChinaDuring the Tang Dynasty (618 – 906 AD), tea became China’s national drink and the word Ch’a was used to describe it. 

In 780 AD the first book on the world’s most popular drink – the Ch’a Ching – was written. The rest, as they say, is history.



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