Chinese tea generally refers to the beverage coming from the leaves of the camella sinensis plant which are processed using traditional Chinese methods. The tea plant is grown in many countries around the world but the finest tea comes from China, where tea was first found. The sub-tropical climate of China makes it suitable for tea trees to grow.
Before tea is what it is now, the Chinese already enjoyed drinking tea for thousands of years. At first, it was thought to be a medicinal concoction. As time passed, drinking tea has been a part of the Chinese culture, being served to guests as special beverage or simply for pleasure. Today, Chinese drink about 4-6 cups of tea a day, after every meal and in other times of the day.
Long before modern tea preparations are available, tea leaves are picked, and boiled to produce the beverage. Tea leaves are even chewed to enjoy its juicy extract. As the Chinese became specific with their tea production, tea leaves have been dried, processed, and the traditional way of boiling has turned into brewing.
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