A Brief History
Discover the ancient origins and fascinating history of tea!
3rd Jun '22 - UKTIA
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As this new edition of Brew goes live, we are celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee. Marking her 70th year on the British throne, people will be celebrating this amazing milestone, by holding street parties to share friendship, food and a cuppa or two.
The Queen has long recognised the importance of tea in uniting communities and she has continued a long-established tradition of inviting a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact in their communities, to take afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace or the Palace of Holyrood House, in Edinburgh. Explorer Andrew Hughes also talks about tea bringing people together and you can read about his World Record Breaking Tea Party on Mount Everest on page 9.
We learn how the Queen likes to take her tea (page 5) and in a report on the new UKTIA Tea Census, we get new insights into the tea drinking habits of us Brits (page 11).
It seems fitting to celebrate heroes in this edition and on page 16 Chris O’Flaherty, Captain Royal Navy, tells us about his new book 'Torpedoes, Tea, and Medals.' This is a biography of Derek 'Jake' Write, who started his career in tea working for Brooke Bond and went on to become the Royal Navy's most decorated Motor Torpedo Boat officer. It is a swashbuckling tale of gallantry during wartime, intertwined with the course of tea supply during the war, and thereafter, when Derek Write helped refine how to make the perfect cup of tea.
We would also like to thank Artist, Amie Jordan, for her love letter to tea (page 20) and Dr Pamela Mason of the Tea Advisory Panel, who tells us more about the Panel’s research paper ‘Tea and Wellness throughout Life’ on page 21.
It is good to know that while we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with Afternoon Tea parties up and down the country, we will also be benefitting from the goodness of tea!
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