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Tea's History

  Life is like cup of tea, the sugar is all at the bottom! – Julia Ward Howe Tea can be served hot or cold, black or green, herbal or flavored; yes, we're talking about tea. Tea is the most popular beverage on the planet. Tea has been consumed since ancient times, but its history can be traced back to China where it was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. Tea was discovered in 2700bc by Shen Nung, a Chinese emperor who was also a scientist. Shen Nung discovered tea when some garden leaves fell into his pot of boiling water, resulting in a refreshing drink, whereas Daruma, after being disappointed with himself for not being able to complete his nine-year meditation, is said to have cut off his eyelids and thrown them on the ground, from which the tea plant arose. Daruma, a Buddhist missionary monk, is also said to have discovered tea in Indian and Japanese legends. In fact, tea originated from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that are native to China. Over time, tea cult