The first recorded cup of tea was sipped in China more than 4,000 years ago. Since that time tea consumption has become a worldwide trend, for its taste and health properties. In fact, next to water it is the most consumed beverage in the world! Tea leaves come from the Camellia sinensis plant, grown at high altitudes, mostly in China, Japan, India and Africa.
Jessica Jones-HughesSeptember 21, 2010
I get more excited about drinking hot tea when I remember that each warming sip is packed with antioxidants. Unfortunately though, those delicate tea leaves are very sensitive to air and light. For example, after six months on the shelf, an average of 32 percent of the antioxidant content in green tea is lost.
Rink DickinsonMarch 9, 2006
Over the past decade the Fair Trade movement has experienced an unimaginable level of success. As Fair Trade grows and mainstreams over the next few years, there will be an increasing struggle to control its definition. Some changes have already taken place that are influencing its future direction. Several years ago, in a controversial move, one of the two Fair Trade certifiers changed a key requirement when they constructed the Fair Trade model for tea.