Legend claims that the discovery of tea occurred accidentally by the Emperor Shen Nung of China in 2737BC.
It later spread to Japan, by Zen Buddhists by using it as a religious offering and consumed by priests and the royalty.
Tea was traded widely and used as currency amongst the trading nations.
Tea arrived in England with King Charles II’s Dutch Queen,Catherine of Braganza, who carried tea as a part of her dowry and introduced tea drinking among England’s elite.
Tea was first introduced into India by the British, in an attempt to break the Chinese monopoly on tea, after the Opium War.