Tea trivia

It takes 5Kg of hand selected and picked leaves to make 1Kg of finished tea.

A tea picker can pick approximately 30Kg of leaves per day, while a very good picker can accomplish 40 – 45Kg.

Compared to a mechanical picker however, handpicked tea is by far of greater quality.

‘Green’ Green Tea

In the 18th century, Chinese tea makers thought that their western customers liked their Green Tea to be, well, green.
It was found that when they fired the teas, they added two powders, one yellow and one blue that combined to make the tea leaves much greener.
Unfortunately the powders were not exactly benign to health.
The yellow powder was gypsum, commonly used today to make plasterboard or drywall. It won’t exactly kill you, but isn’t recommended as part of your daily diet.
The Blue powder was something else entirely.
I has been known as ‘Prussian Blue’, or more chemically as Fe7(CN), otherwise: ferrocyanide.
The last 7 letters of the word describe it rather well, Cyanide!
But have no fear, the practice was stopped 200 years ago, and you can trust our teas to not only be free of cyanide, but of any inorganic chemicals.
Our teas are totally organic.
So, while you digest the knowledge of what our forbears drank, sit down and have a nice cup of tea.
We would suggest a nice Oolong to help get over the shock!

Tea Consumprion

After water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, above coffee fruit juice and alcohol.

The top 10 tea consumers on an annual basis are as follows:

  • 1. United Arab Emirates – (6.45 Kg/Person)
  • 2. Morocco – (4.34 Kg/Person)
  • 3. Ireland – (3.22 Kg/Person)
  • 4. Mauritania – (3.22 Kg/Person)
  • 5. Turkey – (2.74 Kg/Person)
  • 6. Seychelles – (2.08 Kg/Person)
  • 7. United Kingdom – (1.89 Kg/Person)
  • 8. Kuwait – (1.61 Kg/Person)
  • 9. Qatar – (1.60 Kg/Person)
  • 10. Kazakhstan – (1.54 Kg/Person)

Surprisingly, the greatest producer, China, ranks only 33rd in consumption at 820 g/Person, and the second biggest tea producer, India, consumes only 520 g/Person.


Scroll down to learn about the word ‘Tea’

The word ‘Tea’

The words for tea come, naturally, from China, the home of tea.

Depending on the part of China where the original tea buyers found this wonderful beverage, their translation of the name would be dependent on the dialect spoken in that area.

Those that shipped their teas from the ancient port city of Amoy, would have pronounced it ‘Te’, from the language spoken in Fujian province.

Those that shipped them from Canton, (now Guangzhou) and Macau (Hong Kong), would pronounce it ‘Cha’
From these two words, all the names for this wonderful comforting drink can be found.

The Latin scientific name for tea, ‘thea’ comes from the former, but the name ‘te’ is probably the lesser base of the word used to describe it in different languages today.

More languages use the base word ‘Cha’, than ‘Te’.

Obviously in English, we use the word ‘tea’, but some other, more unusual derivations are:

Base word ‘Te’ Base word ‘Cha’
Thenee (Tamil) Tsa (Cebuano)
Thenee (Tamil) Sah (Assamese)
Teja (Latvian) Saa (lao)
Teh (Indonesian) Tsai (Greece)
Tae (Khmer) Chaay (Tlingit)
Enteh (Sudanese) Tenneru (Telugu)
Ceai (Romanian)
Caj (Croation)

But it doesn’t matter what we call it, it is still the most appreciated beverage on the planet.

Boil the kettle, make your tea, and sit back and enjoy, knowing that humankind has appreciated
your favourite beverage the same as you are doing now, for centuries.

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