The history behind the humble cuppa

The legend is that tea was first brewed around five millennia ago in ancient China. It is said that the tea was accidentally made when several tea leaves fell into a cup of water. It was not until about 10 millennia later that it was originally introduced into Europe. This happened after the Dutch brought the tea bag back after one of their trading expeditions. Even once it had been introduced into Europe it took a long time for the custom of drinking tea to become common.

Today many countries in Europe, and the Western world, have become great tea drinkers and over time the sales of the drink have increased dramatically across Europe. Black tea is still the most popular by far although many tea drinkers are now moving towards other types of tea which continue to become more and more popular.

One of the reasons why this change in demand is happening is because there are many media reports telling people about the benefits of drinks such as green tea. For this reason, green tea as well as other popular varieties such as white tea is becoming increasingly popular.

Tea tastes have also moved away from traditional black tea towards teas with more aromatic flavours. Many supermarkets are now starting to stock other forms of tea which are available from destinations which don’t just make black tea. Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam are all types of tea which are becoming increasingly popular in households because of their ease of availability.

In the UK the amount of black tea being sold is actually declining and the number of people buying fruit or herbal teas is on the increase. Green tea is becoming particularly popular because of its antioxidant properties which have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of many medical conditions.