The origins of tea
According to legend, tea was invented by chance in China in 2737 BC when some leaves fell into the Emperor’s cup of hot water while he was resting in the shade of a tea tree. Tea arrived in Europe much later (in the 17th century to be precise), first of all in its fermented version (black tea) because it was much better suited to spending long months in the holds of ships. Today people all over the world drink tea and it is the most-consumed beverage in terms of volume, not counting water. Every day, new people discover the pleasures of drinking tea.