Tea was very popular in the 18th century and became a European tradition similar to the modern coffee tradition of Americans today. Tea originated in Central Asia and comes in three basic types: black, green, and oolong. How the leaves are prepared determines which type it is, while oxidation creates its color, body, and flavor. … Continue reading

Eighteenth Century / Food and Culture

Tea: It’s Full of Temptation

The earliest descriptions western descriptions of tea occurred in 1559 in a volume of travel literature.  However, tea was not introduced to Europe until 1610.  The earliest descriptions of tea as a commodity in England began in the mid-seventeenth century. And ends in the early nineteenth century with the disbanding of the East India Company’s … Continue reading