History of Tea
After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. Although there are many fables and legends about how tea was first enjoyed as a drink, some of the oldest recorded accounts of tea drinking for non-medicinal purposes are from China, and the oldest tea plants have been found in areas around southwest China, northeast India, and north Burma. Along with trade of other goods, tea spread to the West mainly via the Portugese in the 16th century, who called it chá.
Source: “Tea.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 14 Jan 2013
In the U.S., tea sales have soared over the last few years and continued growth is expected. This trend is partially due to the many health benefits attributed to tea, which is high in antioxidants, aiding in everything from lowering stress to fighting disease and building a stonger immune system. As this trend continues, more and more people will buy tea and brew it incorrectly. Many of the health benefits rely on correct brewing temperatures and length of brewing time.