The Story of African Rooibos or ‘red bush’ Tea

Rooibos, or ‘red bush’, tea is a herbal tea made from the rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis) that exclusively grows in the dry, mountainous region of Cederberg in Western Cape, South Africa. Although the beverage has been around for a long time it has only risen to world-wide popularity in recent

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The Ancient Tea Trees of Yunnan

In the most South-Western part of China, the mountainous Yunnan province bordering Myanmar and Laos, there are wild tea trees (Camellia Taliensis) that have stood there for thousands of years. As early as the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE) these trees, or more specifically their leaves, have been

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The Great Tea Race of 1866

It might sound like something out of a movie, but in 1866 five of the best clipper ships of its age set sail from China on an almost 16.000 mile race around the world to see who would be the first to reach London with the first tea of the

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The Story of Bancha Tea

When we think of Japanese tea culture we often think of high quality green tea in the form of Sencha, Matcha or for the connoisseur, even Gyokuru. However, before Sencha became the most popular tea in Japan during the Edo period in the 18th century, everyone in Japan was drinking

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