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Tea Story: The Origins of Tea

Have you ever wondered about the origins of that tea that you are sipping? Have you ever wondered how it is grown and processed? Have you ever though ...

 

Have you ever wondered about the origins of that tea that you are sipping? Have you ever wondered how it is grown and processed? Have you ever though about the different kinds of tea? Well, avid tea drinkers will certainly ask this questions especially those who made tea drinker a regular part of their day. Tea is indeed the better alternative to coffee. One is due to the fact that it has more healht benefits and two is that it contains only the right amount of caffeine that will keep you stimulated and awake through out the day. Tea has been around for thousands of years but the people in the west have just discovered it just recently. But how is tea made? Well that is the question the tea story is aiming to answer.

The tea story is actually the story of the origins of tea. However, since there are different types of type it is safe to say the their origins may differ. Tea in general do come from one plant an that is the tea shrub. Green tea, white tea, black tea are simply types of tea, the term is usually  based on the color that is produced once the tea leaves are immersed in hot water. The tea story also includes tales on how tea was traditionally brewed which is unlike the present wherein tea leaves are already placed in tea bags and are ready to drink. The tea story also mentions that the tea originally came from China.

The famous Lipton Tea Company also has its own tea story to tell. Believe it or not the Lipton Tea Company was originally a convenience store. It only began selling tea when the owner bought five tea plantations. When the product was first introduced it was warmly welcomed by the people and they become fond of it since then the Lipton Tea

Company has never stopped making tea. Up to the present the Lipton Tea is a household name and people believed that there is no better tea than Lipton Tea. The tea story of this company is rather simple and humble. In fact it is even safe to say that the the intial plan of the owner didn’t include producing tea not until he was able to buy those plantations. Whatever his plan was he surely gave the world the healthiest drink one can ever drink.

Each tea company have its own tea story. The Lipton Tea Company is just one of the many tea companies that produce tea. However, hearing a tea story can certainly help us gain a better understanding on how and where the tea we are sipping came from. In addition to that the tea story can also help us appreciate more the benefits we can get from drinking tea everyday.

Lipton Tea Origins

 

Lipton Tea is probably the most available tea product in North America (and maybe South America) today. In fact, it is has already gained the distinction of being a household name when talking about tea. Its popularity has extended to other countries around the world. What most people don’t know is that lipton tea is not an American-made product. It is in fact, a product that is developed by the British. Oddly enough, lipton tea is not very popular in its own country of origin.

Becoming Lipton Tea

Lipton Tea is a British company, founded by the Scotsman, Thomas Lipton. Sir Lipton lived in America from 1865 – 1870 and during his stay, he learned a lot about the distinctively American way of advertising characterized by bold confidence. A story about him goes that the character of the miracle-working Scottish engineer of the Star Trek series named ‘Scotty’ was actually based on him.

The first Lipton tea shop opened in Glasgow, Scotland on the same year Lipton left the United States. The tea shop started as a grocery store, but eventually specialized in tea. This decision came about when Lipton managed to acquire five bankrupt tea plantations in Ceylon.

Developing Lipton Tea

Sir Lipton himself came up with the names “brisk tea” and “orange pekoe”. There weren’t actually any specific blend of tea called orange pekoe or brisk, but more and more customers would ask for these items when buying lipton tea. Other brands of tea in America have tea listed as “orange pekoe” just to let the public know what flavor their tea is similar to.

Lipton Tea became popular all over the world and particularly in the United States. Sir Lipton himself is known for his outrageous publicity stunts and his travels back and forth to America by crossing the Atlantic are very well documented. Lipton lived to become a rich man. Furthermore, his legacy lived on even after many years after his passing. In 1952, the Lipton company acquired patents for a four-sided tea bag. While tea bags had been available since 1903 they were still very rare. With the advent of Lipton Tea’s four-sided tea bag, bagged tea became popular very quickly and is the more commonly used preferred packaging today.

Lipton Tea is now part of the mega-conglomerate Unilever (which also owns Dove hair and skin care products, Close Up toothpaste and Vaseline, among others). It still remains as one of the largest tea sellers in the world. The tea line includes herbal teas, decaffeinated and green teas, as well as the classic (and invented) “Orange Pekoe”.

The Benefits of Organic White Tea

 

Not all ingredients used in medicinal or herbal teas necessarily meet organic standards, but only because they are not grown organically yet. There’s a lot of support of organic farming and manufacturing in organic white teas that are commercially available, whether bagged or loose. However, there are about 63 herbs and spices that are organically grown.

Growing Methods

When the label in any organic white tea product says it’s organic, it means that most if not all of the ingredients have been organically farmed. This simply means no chemical pesticides or fertilizers have been used in the farming process. Furthermore, this also means that the growers have been paid a fair wage for their work. This is not the usual case. In such areas such as Indian, African or Asian tea plantations, the workers sometimes get paid pennies with the plantation owners keeping most of the most profit for themselves.

With the rising demand for organically-grown products such as organic white tea, countries are working together to universalize the standards for organic farming. In Europe for example, farms must now pass an inspection in organic standardization tests from the European Union in order for the products to be labeled “organic”. The country which grows the most tea in the world, India, has now implemented organic standards. In the United States, they have the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the inspecting and standardization body.

Another difference in organic tea from other kinds of tea is the making of the tea bags. In organic teas, tea bags are not bleached. This rule, however, is enforced more strictly in Europe than in America. Other elements such as tags, staples and strings cause a lot of waste so organic tea products rarely have these.

How Organic White Tea Tastes

Organic white tea has the same rich flavors of non-organic tea. However, some people do claim that they can detect a difference in taste between tea made in a bleached bag from that with a non-bleached one. There are simply a lot of varieties to choose from organic teas. You can find black teas, white teas, green teas, herbal teas, medicinal teas, and blends of tea and herbs.

Today, organic white tea costs more than any other regularly made tea products. But more and more companies are now going organic – even big names like Tetley already have organic choices – causing the prices for organic tea to drop over the years. It is hoped that very soon organic tea products will become more popular for consumers.