China Tea History

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China first introduced the world to tea, and according to Chinese tradition the first cup was brewed by Shen Nung, an emperor who reigned 2737-2697. It was claimed that like wine and coffee, the tea was created by accident. It is said that Nung was boiling water to drink, when a gust of wind brought some leaves into his pot. When he drank the tea, it was found refreshing. Tea is a mix of dried leaves, flowers and buds of the evergreen bush, Camellia sinensis. The drink quickly spread throughout China and became the national drink. Tea had been drunk in Japan as early as the sixth century, and the culture created a ceremony for the drink. There must be special tools used in this ceremony, and the order and nature of their use must not be overlooked. …show more content…
But the colonists didn’t agree with Britain at the time, and refused to buy any tea and boycotted all of the products. This led to the Boston Tea Party, and then eventually the Revolutionary War. They then created their own tea, although tasting awful, it displayed their pride. After this, the Chinese then banned any more tea trading, as poppy tea had large amounts of opium, and opium was highly addictive. Opium trading still occurred, as officials were bribed by Chinese opium merchants. The Chinese government finally had to call in Commissioner Lin Tze-su to put a final stop to the trade. His men set fire to the stocks, and burned a year supply of it after ordering them to destroy them. They continued to make opium after that, and Lin had arrested both British and Chinese men for continuing to disobey the law. The war did not last long and was one sided; British troops quickly defeated China and the opium trade continued. Tea represented the rise of the British empire, and demonstrated how a once all-powerful civilization such as China could fall easily. If not for the drink, the British would have probably never fought the Chinese and the Opium War of 1839-42 would have never …show more content…
This rise was represented by Coca-Cola, a brand that quickly rose to fame such as America did. Those who approved of the U.S. thought the brand embraced the freedom of the nation; for those who didn’t however, thought it meant ruthless capitalism. Joseph Priestley created soda water, after living next to a brewery and discovering he could make the gas dissolve into water, creating a pleasant sparkling water. Soda water was actually strictly for medical use until the nineteenth century, and then was used for drinking later on. Then in 1886, John Pemberton had begun to try to make a patent medicine, which turned into a soda drink. He had begun by using the leaves of a coca plant, which was full of cocaine, but Pemberton had no idea at the time. He at first mixed wine with it, naming it “Wine Coca”, but then the prohibition period came, and he had to think of a non-alcoholic drink fast. Instead of using wine, he decided to use kola. He test marketed it in pharmacies, still un-knowingly giving every tester a trace of cocaine along with a soda drink. It was a success, and everyone loved the drink. Then later, it was discovered that Coca-Cola contained caffeine, which was described as a drug. Again, a drink was put on trial, and religious scholars fought against Coca-Cola, as they thought it was evil and was promoting sexual transgressions. It was a month long trial, but

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