Tea is the elixir of life.

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Tea has been around for over 5,000 years. The origin stories of different kinds of teas can be a little hard to find considering its long lasting history. Some of the stories sound like myths and others are super simple explanations of how certain teas were discovered. Here you’ll find a mixture of them all, along with the rituals that were created and still practiced today.

Tea has a special place in everyone’s hearts because it is universally popular. In case you didn’t know, tea played a HUGE role in globalization through the tea trade. The trade enriched many economies and, as a result, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the entire world, right behind water! China, the United Kingdom, Russia and many more countries have histories and rituals of their own with tea… and we’re going to bring them right to you on this page.

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Thank you for reading about the origins of tea! Our love for tea doesn’t just stop at drinking it. It goes on for miles looking for new information about tea, what foods would taste best with it, and pretty much anything that has to do with tea. If you like what we put here, go to our Tea 101 page for other information that doesn’t have so much to do with its history. Have a Tea-rrific day!

We’re so excited to find this information and share the origins of tea with you. By learning about the different histories of teas, we can learn about many other cultures. You can be a world tea traveler right from your computer screen, alla the Seelect Tea Blog. If you don’t see a type of tea that you were interested in learning more about, send us a message!

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