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"The first time you take tea with someone you are a stranger, the second time you become an honored guest, the third time you become family." -Balti proverb
Tea unites the world. It is the second largest consumed beverage in the world with water being the first. More tea is drunk in China than in any other country.
Top 5 Tea Drinking Countries
Tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, a subtropical evergreen plant. Different teas are created based on the way the tea buds and leaves are plucked and processed. The taste variations starts at the growing stage-location, soil, altitude and weather patterns. Much of the world's tea is grown on tea estates and smallholdings, known as tea gardens. Growing of tea in rural communities is central to their development in livelihood, education and healthcare.
There are five types of true tea. Ranked by strength.
Like wine, tea is divided into regional and individual estate varietals (up to 1,500) and manufacturing styles that impact the tastes and colors of different teas. The largest producing regions of black tea are Darjeeling, Assam and Nilgiri Mountains in India. Darjeeling is thought of as the champagne of teas. Sri Lanka produces Ceylon teas and their teas are characterized by altitude. Key African tea producers are in the east of Africa. Malawi is known as the most beautiful tea-growing countries in the world. Taiwan is recognized for the production of its oolong tea.
"Explore Tea" contents are from The Tea Book: All Things Tea" by Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby