Tea and Herbal Infusions –
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History of tea

Approximately 5,000 years ago

For the first time, tea is mentioned in Chinese literature.

552

Tea is first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks.

1610

Over the sea, first tea finds its way to Europe.

1618

Overland, the first Chinese tea is brought to Russia by the Russian, Wassili Storckow.

1637

According a to an order of the Dutch East India Company, every merchant vessel sailing from Java to Holland, is obliged to add some Chinese and Japanese tea chests to their cargo.

ca. 1650

Via Holland, the first tea reaches Germany.

1699

The British East India Company is given a monopoly over the oversea tea trade.

1833

The monopoly of the British East India Company over China trade is abolished.

1834

First organised attempts are made to cultivate tea in Assam.

1838

The first Assam tea is shipped to England – 12 tea chests reach the country.

1849

The British Navigation Act is repealed. Now, commodities from overseas can be brought into Europe in ships sailing under flags from all countries.

1860

Tea cultivation in Sri Lanka begins.

1869

The Suez Canal is opened. The sea voyage distance to tea growing countries is shortened enormously.

1878

First tea is cultivated on Java.

1924

First organised cultivation of tea is made in Kenia.