What Is Organic And Fairtrade Tea And Coffee?

The UK is known as a nation of tea drinkers, one Polish person once asked me if we drank tea at 3 oclock everyday as some sort of ritual! Most of us dont realise that this tea is often grown on tea plantations in the developing world where the crops are sprayed with many chemicals and pesticides and the workers that pick the leaves are not only exposed to this danger but are often paid a pittance of a wage as well. Organic and Fairtrade tea, coffee and cocoa are growing in popularity as people realise the benefits of spending those extra pennies per box and the payback in both health and human terms. Why buy organic tea, coffee or …

History And Origin Of Tea

The history of tea is really quite fascinating. There are many myths that surround the creation of tea. One such popular myth is from a Chinese legend stating that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when Chinese emperor Chen Nung accidentally dropped the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Not wanting to throw the water out, he took a sip and tea was born. One would think that tea would grow on vines in the ground. However, tea is actually grown from trees found in the hotter climates of the world. From China, tea was brought to Japan who incorporated it into their special occasions and into their holiday meals. When it reached England in sixteen sixty-two, tea was fully …