Tea Time: Exploring the World's Most Popular Drink

Kim Bach

A History of the Evolution of Tea

What Led to the Creation Of Tea?

Did you know that the oldest recorded variety of tea was discovered in China — by accident –when leaves blew into a cup of hot water being held by the Emperor of Yunnan Province? That was more than 3,500 years ago, and it led to the creation of Yunnan Black – the oldest tea known today.

The Evolution of Tea Over the Centuries

Over the centuries, many countries have created rituals and ceremonies focusing on the beverage, which has added an aura of exoticism and mystery — heightening tea’s allure.  When you add to that the huge variety of tastes and types that can be grown in a wide assortment of climates and soils, plus the health benefits, you end up with a deeply fascinating drink.

Tea 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Evolution of Tea

In this presentation, tea expert and owner of Verdigris Tea shop, Kim Bach, will share her extensive knowledge of the evolution of tea:  from its origin, to harvesting and import, to preparation and taste. She will include an overview of the many varieties of tea, a lesson in how to assess and analyze leaves – both dry and wet — and finally, tips on how to brew the leaves properly.

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