China unequivocally has the origins of ancient tea. Some Chinese documents go back as far as 5000 years to show Chinese people drank tea with fervour. One of the popular and most consumed beverages in the world, the documents also show early traces of origins and their interpretations to the neighbouring countries like Thailand, Japan and India.
An interesting anecdote dates back from the time of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung when a wild camellia sinensis blossom fell into his cup of boiling water. Dried leaves falling into the water gave rise to an intense flavour that was unmistakably heavenly and exotic. A simple infusion of tea was born.
What a coincidence it was, incidentally, as it was the first introduction of wild tea. From there, the beverage hasn’t shied away to take bold steps in capturing the hearts of people who have taken fancy to the tonic tea leaves. Tea took by leaps and bounds to spread in the world like a wildfire.
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