Ten facts regarding the history of tea:
- The first blended teas were created by Twinings of England
- In 1773, colonists in Massachusetts dumped hundreds of crates of tea into Boston Harbor, in protest of the Tea Act, which allowed the East India Company to import tea to America without paying the usual colonial tax
- Richard Blechynden created iced tea for the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.
- The first definitive book on making and drinking tea was the Ch'a Ching, written by Lu Yu circa A.D. 780.
- Prior to the 1600s, many Britons, especially those in the church, considered drinking tea a "filthy custom"
- According to Chinese folklore, Emperor Shennong was the first person to drink tea
- Anna, the Duchess of Bedford is credited as the creator of teatime
- King Sinmun of Korea advocated the use of tea to "purify the mind"
- Tea was introduced in Japan by Yensei, a Buddhist priest who had formerly lived in China
- The Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser, a product of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, is capable of producing a cupful of liquid that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
The single-minded caerwynx (whose three requests all had something to do with tea) wanted to see a list discussing the history of tea.