When it comes to choosing the Tea that’s right for you, the location has a crucial role to play. Climatic and soil conditions, as well as the working practices in place, all contribute to the finished product that is your morning cup of Tea. Depending on your preferences, there may be a Tea location that best suits your needs.
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The history of Tea began in China some 5,000 years ago. According to legend, the discovery of Tea came about through an ancient Chinese Emperor named Shennong, whom one day rested underneath an unknown tree and fell asleep in the midday sun. When he awoke, he found that leaves from the tree above had dropped into his cup of boiling water by his side. An avid herbalist, Shennong decided to try the infusion, and to his surprise, immediately fell in love with it. The infusion was Tea, or so the story goes.
Since those early days, the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant has spread to many regions in the world. In neighbouring India, a relative of the Chinese Tea variety named Camellia sinensis var assamica was discovered in 1823. Across the Palk Strait in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), Tea became a commercial success following the failure of Coffee crops in 1869. Years later, in 1903, the introduction of Tea to Kenya, though initially for ornamental purposes, gave rise to one of the country’s most lucrative exports.
However, the term “Tea” can be used to refer to other plants, too. Though the technical name for a Tea that does not contain leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant is a “Tisane”, the global Tea Industry has long adopted Herbal and Fruit infusions. This means that one has an even greater variety of locations to choose from when it comes to Teas like Peppermint, Camomile, Hibiscus and Lemongrass.
Ever had a yearning to travel to the Fujian province of China, or the Darjeeling District of India, or the Kandy region of Sri Lanka? Ever wished you could see Nepal, Vietnam, Japan or Tanzania? The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, of course, cannot guarantee you’ll venture out to these awe-inspiring locations, but we can at least offer you a taste of what they’re all about.