The Evolution of Tea

With regard to the evolution of tea, we all know (or most of us are in agreement) that the Chinese invented tea.  That was the beginning.  However, did you also know that, in the beginning, before there were loose tea leaves, there were tea bricks; and these bricks were deemed so valuable that they could be used as currency.  Also, there is a legend passed down through the ages (for about 5000 years) which credits a Chinese emperor named Shennong with the discovery of how to make a tea infusion.  Yah!  It seems the emperor was added to an extensive list of discoverers who discovered how stuff works by accident!  🙂 Fortunately, the rest of the world benefits and we can all enjoy cups of this wonderful brew.


Lawrence Jean-Louis published Cool Mix Mingle, a cultural blog mainly about the diversity of the South Florida community – the Hispanic and African influences, the blend of East (Asian) and West (European and North American), the food, art, music and more.  The paragraph above is a brief summary of her post which discusses the evolution of tea.  In addition to being an active blogger, she creates and sells gorgeous handmade jewelry and dabbles in photography.  Salute to Ms. Jean-Louis. Adding her to my list of fellow female entrepreneurs (along with the ladies who own and manage this writing site). My discovery of her blog was also accidental. But what an awesome find!

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REFERENCE:   Jean-Louis, Lawrence. “Tea: It’s Evolution from the Tree to your Cup.” Cook Mix Mingle. 15 Apr. 2015. Web. ( )

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