The World History of Tea Posted on 4 Oct 21:15 , 0 comments

Tea arrived in Europe in the 16th century during the Age of Discovery. The Portuguese who made it to Canton are said to have been the first Westerners to taste tea.

In the 17th century the Dutch established hegemony over the trade in Asia and through the Dutch the export to tea to Great Britain started.

During the following centuries, tea gradually spread to all corners of the world. According to statistics from 2014 the production of tea was approximately 5,170,000 t, among which Green Tea accounted for 1,670,000 t, and Black Tea for an estimated 3,500,000 t.