Tea is the most popular drink in the world after water. People from all corners of the world drink it every day. For some it is a refreshing drink that serves to quench the thirst, for others it is a whole philosophy linked to precisely set preparation and sometimes fairly complicated ceremonies.
The word “čaj” (“tea” in Czech) comes from Chinese and today sounds fairly similar in many languages. In countries it reached by sea, the name is similar to the English “tea”: in German it is “tee”, in French “thé”. In Italian “té”. In countries it reached overland its name is similar to the chinese “chá”; in India, Arabic and Slavic countries it is known as “čaj”.
The word “tea” should be used only for a brew from the leaves of the tea plant. However, the name “tea” is given to many other plants. It would be better to use the designation a “drink similar to tea” for them. Genuine tea comes from tea plants, which are cultivated primarily in Asia, Africa, South America and Australia; in Europe the are cultivated only in the Azores. Depending on the processing method, tea can be divided into green, black, white, oolongs and pu-erh, and yellow tea, which is a specialty of the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Sechuan and Hunan.
Tea is a popular beverage on every continent and also a popular and easily-available drink for treating ailments and stimulating the brain and body. It is also, however, an important part of the culture and history of many nations. The tea plant has been cultivated for two and a half thousand years in the Middle Kingdom and is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world.
In our range you will find a wide range of genuine teas, herbs and also flavoured and aromatised teas, herbal and fruit blends.