Some history

tea flower drawing In one popular Chinese legend, Shennong, the legendary Emperor of China, inventor of agriculture and Chinese medicine, was drinking a bowl of boiling water, some time around 2737 BC. The wind blew and a few leaves from a nearby tree fell into his water and began to change its colour. The ever inquisitive and curious monarch took a sip of the brew and was pleasantly surprised by its flavour and its restorative properties. China is considered to have the earliest records of tea drinking, with recorded tea use in its history dating back to the first millennium BC.

Some facts

Tea cultivation flourished in India under the British and today India is the largest producer of tea in the world. The four basic types of true tea are (in order from most to least processed): black tea, oolong tea, green tea and white tea.Tea is a natural source of the amino acid theanine, methylxanthines such as caffeine and theobromine, and polyphenolic antioxidant catechins. It has almost no carbohydrates, fat, or protein. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavor.

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Proper plucking of Darjeeling Tea leaves is as unique as its flavour. Only the smallest shoots, comprising of two leaves and a bud are plucked. It requires 22,000 such shoots, all plucked by hand to produce 1 Kg of tea. Pluckers are so quick and skilful that it is often impossible to follow the motion of their hands and fingers as they pluck.

Tasseography (also known as tasseomancy or tassology) is a divination or fortune-telling method that interprets patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments. The terms derive from the French word tasse (cup), which in turn derives from the Arabic tassa (cup), and the Greek suffixes -graph, -logy, and -mancy (divination).

Studies have linked a wide range of health benefits to green tea including lowering the risk of certain cancers and heart disease as well as weight loss and protection against Alzheimers.

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