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The History Behind Your Cuppa: Part 1

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes stare in your morning cuppa Good Sir and wonder how those pale-brown, gnarled and soggy leaves ended up in front of you. Where did this mug of heaven come from? Why are we drinking the brew of these leaves instead of the ones from the oak tree out front? Why is waking up in the morning (and staying awake through the day) made so much easier with a few leaves, hot water, a cup and five minutes? Camellia sinensis is known across English-speaking countries by its shorter, and more common name- Tea. The second most widely consumed beverage in the world (behind water), tea has become a staple of 158 million Americans’ daily...

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