History of tea
Approximately 5,000 years ago
For the first time, tea is mentioned in Chinese literature.
Tea is first introduced to Japan by Buddhist monks.
Over the sea, first tea finds its way to Europe.
Overland, the first Chinese tea is brought to Russia by the Russian, Wassili Storckow.
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.
Via Holland, the first tea reaches Germany.
The British East India Company is given a monopoly over the oversea tea trade.
The monopoly of the British East India Company over China trade is abolished.
First organised attempts are made to cultivate tea in Assam.
The first Assam tea is shipped to England – 12 tea chests reach the country.
The British Navigation Act is repealed. Now, commodities from overseas can be brought into Europe in ships sailing under flags from all countries.
Tea cultivation in Sri Lanka begins.
The Suez Canal is opened. The sea voyage distance to tea growing countries is shortened enormously.
First tea is cultivated on Java.
First organised cultivation of tea is made in Kenia.