The Zen Pioneer: Myōan Eisai/Yōsai

Myōan Eisai/Yōsai (明菴栄西) (27 May 1141 – 1 August 1215) was a Japanese Buddhist priest who played a significant role in the development of Zen Buddhism in Japan. He is credited with founding the Rinzai school, the Japanese lineage of the Linji school of Zen Buddhism. Eisai introduced Zen teachings to Japan in 1191 after […]

International Tea Day: Promoting Sustainable Tea Production and Consumption

International Tea Day is an annual event observed on May 21, in line with a resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 21, 2019. The resolution calls on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to lead the observance of the Day. The main objective of International Tea Day is to […]

Frederick John Horniman: Tea Trader, Museum Founder, and Art Collector

Frederick John Horniman (8 October 1835 – 5 March 1906) was an English tea trader who established Horniman’s Tea, which was said to be the biggest tea company in the world by 1891. Born in Bridgwater, Somerset, into a Quaker family, Horniman was the son of John Horniman, who pioneered mechanical packaging for tea. Museum […]

Tea culture in the United States: History, popularity, and types of black tea

Tea is a popular beverage in the United States with a long-standing tea culture that has led to the development of various tea traditions. The history of tea in America dates back to the 1600s when Dutch settlers first introduced tea to North America. The tea culture grew greatly after the colonies came under British […]

Exploring the Obscure Legends and Histories of Tea

Tea has been a part of human culture for centuries, and with it comes a host of stories, legends, and histories. In this lesson, we will dive deeper into some of the more obscure tales associated with tea. The Indian Tea Story According to this Indian legend, tea was created by the Buddha himself. During […]

The Tea Bag: A Brief History and Its Expansion in the 1950s

Tea bags are a ubiquitous staple of modern tea culture, but the concept of a tea bag is a relatively recent development in the history of tea. Tea bags were not introduced until the early 20th century, and it was not until the 1950s that tea bags became widely used in the United States and […]

The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu: A Comprehensive Guide to Tea Culture

The Classic of Tea, also known as The Cha Jing, is an ancient Chinese text written by the famous tea master Lu Yu during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). This book is considered one of the most comprehensive guides to tea culture, and it covers everything from the history of tea to the proper way […]

How the East India Company Disrupted China’s Tea Trade

Tea has been an important part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. However, in the 18th century, the British East India Company began importing tea from China on a large scale, creating an enormous demand for the product in Europe. This demand had a profound effect on China’s tea trade, as the East India […]