Green tea originated over 5000 years ago in ancient China - when the Emperor Shen Nung who was boiling water under a tree found leaves falling into the bowl producing what he found was a refreshingly delicious drink.
With the Emperor's blessing, the consumption of green tea spread quickly throughout China, infusing (excuse the pun) Chinese culture and reaching every aspect of society.
As the cultivation of herbal and green tea, including their preparation began to take shape, in 800AD Lu Yu, who had become known as the Sage of Tea compiled his monumental book The Classic of Teas, which was the first work that expanded upon the cultivation, manufacture and drinking of tea. But it was actually in Japan, where a Buddhist priest called Yeisei associated tea with Buddhism, elevating the craft of tea to an art form and leading to the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.
Tea first arrived In Australia with the original fleet in 1788. It was not long before tea had become an imported staple with everyone drinking tea. The first commercial tea plantation in Australia was established in 1884. By 2000, Australians were consuming 14,000 tonnes of tea every year, including herbal and green tea, and in 2014 Tea Time was born...