Posted: Nov 05 2012
SOURCE: Bickering Ivy
Over the years I have become rather famous for something which, to me, seems quite ordinary: Tea. Many people today struggle with the proper preparation of tea and even more haven’t a notion of the age-old tradition of afternoon tea time. I thought it might be interesting and informative to explain these things along with a brief history of the tradition. Unfortunately I stumbled across the following quotion when I was doing a bit of research on the history:
“Many Britons will never have taken afternoon tea, as the tradition is somewhat out-dated and largely reserved for aristocrats.”
Nonsense. All this modernisation rubbish has gone too far. If we’re going to go so far as to do away with tea then the whole world be damned and let me off; I’ve had enough. You’ll have to exterminate every tea plant on this earth before you’ll stop my family and I having tea. That being said, let’s move on to that history I mentioned earlier.
The story goes that in 2737 BC Emperor Shen Nong of China was travelling to a far-away region of his empire when he stopped for a rest. The servants brought water to a boil to make it drinkable. Lo and behold some dried leaves fell into the boiling water creating a brownish fluid. The emperor enjoyed the taste and ordered that more be made. The substance’s popularity increased, infiltrating Chinese culture and spreading to Japan by way of Buddhist missionaries.