India & its Tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Traditionally brewed in big, steaming pots and served anywhere people gather, for many, tea is more than just a drink, it is a way of life. Savoring a cup of chai is good for the mind, body and soul. For Indians, any time is tea time; when we meet a friend, to chase away the cold, to while away time, to revive... just any reason or no reason will do!
India is one of the largest tea producers in the world and over 70 per cent of its tea being consumed within the country speaks of how popular the drink is! A number of renowned teas, such as Assam and Darjeeling also grow exclusively in India. The Indian tea industry has grown to own many global tea brands and has evolved into one of the most technologically equipped tea industries in the world.
Although tea is one of the most enjoyed beverages worldwide, its culture can be very "local." For example, most tea drinkers in Darjeeling, India have never had (or even heard of!) a Taiwanese Pouchong. In China, most people do not drink black tea. The centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony uses powdered, rare Matcha tea, which most folks in black tea-loving Sri Lanka have never tasted.
Tea is a truly special, uniting drink. A drink you can share with a friend, a colleague, at work, at home, alone, or with someone, to celebrate the cold, to savor memories and to make new ones!