English Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company
Information: Team makes the body active. It is declared to preserve perfect health until extreme old age, so declared the proprietor of Garway's Coffee House in London in the early 1650s. The statement, besides attempting to sell more tea, was made in reference to a directive by the British Government to wean the population from Ale, the traditional morning beverage at that point in England. As a result of this directive, tea came to be inexorably linked with the British, but by historical terms, England was 'late to the tea party.' In fact, the first mention of tea in English literature is found in the translation of a Dutchman's memoirs of travel to the east. The Dutch first shipped this exotic beverage in their own ships from China and Indonesia to England via Holland. The British government, upset by the ensuing Dutch monopoly of the trade, passed The Navigation Act of 1651 and made the importation of any product on foreign ships a crime. The traditionally crafty Dutchman circumvented the law for a time by transshipping the tea in British ships, but the seed for British takeover of the industry was planted. Over the next few hundred years, as the British Empire expanded, so too did the British tea industry. Today, in Britain, breakfast without a good cuppa of is almost considered a crime itself!
- 3.52 ounces (Makes 35-50 cups)
- Nitrogen Flushed/ Vacuum Sealed Bag
- Resealable Ziploc Bag
- Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada