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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tea lovers this one is for you ! 

Maddly in love with tea cups , tea sets , old ones , and yes vintage ones ! 

Here is a part of history of the tea 

The history of tea is fascinating and offers great insight into the history of our world. Since tea was first discovered in China, it has traveled the world conquering the thirsts of virtually every country on the planet. Tea is the most popular beverage in the world as well as one of the healthiest. If you have ever wondered where tea comes from and how we got to the point where tea is served in virtually every corner of the world, steep a hot cup of tea and explore the history of the simple tea leaf over the centuries!

One legend claims that the discovery of tea occurred in 2737 BC by the Emperor of China.  For several hundred years, people drank tea because of its herbal medicinal qualities.  By the time of the Western Zhou Dynasty, tea was used as a religious offering.  During the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD), tea plants were quite limited and only royalty and the rich drank tea not only for their health but also for the taste.  As more tea plants were discovered during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), tea drinking became more common among lower classes and the Chinese government supported planting of tea plants and even the building of tea shops so everyone could enjoy tea.

Kinds of teas .. 

White Teas

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas.  This loose leaf tea brews a light color and flavor.

Green Teas

Green tea is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored teas.

Oolong Teas

Oolong tea, also known as wu long tea, is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma.  Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants.

Black Teas

Black tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup (or enjoyed this tea from an iced tea pitcher in the South).

Herbal Teas

Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions. Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced. 

Rooibos Teas

Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. Rooibos teas can be delicious hot or iced.

Mate Teas

Mate tea is considered the coffee lover's favorite tea. Made from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant.

Blooming Teas

Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually 'bloom' as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavor or scent along with the beautiful design.

Tea Blends

Tea blends often have the best of both worlds since they combine more than one type of premium tea.  Mixing teas in a blend is one of the best ways to get great flavor.

If you like tea those a great infos !

Tea is good for us and now we can have " all natural tea " !

I hope you liked this post . For more tea sets , cups and side serving dish please have a look here :

Thanks to the shop owners who let me picked some great tea cups and sets in there shops !

Lynne :

Toni :

Elaine :

And Marcia :

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  1. Fascinating history of a very important human ritual - having a cuppa! Thanks for the wonderful info and including my cups and saucers.

  2. This is a wonderful blog France! Very interesting! I love tea. So many pretty cups and teapots too!

  3. Great Blog on tea.... Great vintage items also .... Another interesting read.

  4. Très intéressant et jolies séries de tasses et théières vintage !

    Petite info sup sur maté, c'est le thé des Argentins, ils en boivent tout le temps et trimbalent partout leur matériel : tasse à Maté (intérieur en bois et métal à l'extérieur), la bombilla (sorte de cuiller paille) et leur thermos d'eau chaude.
    Des Argentines qui faisaient un tour du monde et ont fini par chez moi, m'avaient offert un de leur nécessaire à maté.
    Cela me redonne envie de m'en faire. C'est tout un rituel, comme le thé japonais.

    Val de La Belle Epoque

  5. Wonderful subject France! There is nothing more enjoyable than having a "cuppa" from beautiful and elegant vintage china! Thanks so much for the feature and for bringing this lovely pastime to your blog.