How tea became the second most popular beverage in the world

Happy New Year. May 2012 be filled with health, wealth and friendship.

January is National Hot Tea Month in the US. That says a lot considering we are a coffee consuming nation. So how did tea become the second most consumed beverage in the world after water?

Buddhist monks of long ago discovered drinking tea was helpful in prolonging their daily meditations.  The euphoric buzz of caffeine, amino acids and L theanine aided their pursuit of nirvana.  Drinking tea became an integral part of their daily lives.  Tea leaves became an essential part of their travel provisions.  These happy monks spread tea across Asia, through Europe and around the globe.

January 23 marks a new lunar year.  One Chinese new year tradition is to eat a vegetarian stew called jai.  This dish would be eaten as the first meal of the new year or could be the only dish served during the entire first day.

Celebrate the New Year with 20% off teas that go great with Chinese food.  Use promo code HNY20 at check out to received special pricing.  Sign up for our newsletter for notice of future specials.  Offer expires January 23.

Teas that pair well with Chinese food:

Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls
High Mountain Oolong
Jade Pouchong
Silver Needles
Jasmine Yin Hao
Green Peony Blossoms
Ginger Tea
Lapsong Souchong
Lychee Tea