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Grace Elliot
April 6th, 2011, 03:48 PM
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There’s something about a good cup of tea that lubricates thought and helps the day go more smoothly. My parents drink tea by the bucket full, whereas I mainly drink it at work. There are cultural differences to; I believe tea is much less popular in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">America</st1:country-region> than it is here in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">UK</st1:place></st1:country-region>, but strangely the Portuguese and Dutch are big tea drinkers. Anyhow, when tea was first introduced to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Britain</st1:place></st1:country-region> in the mid 17<SUP>th</SUP> century, wild claims about its health benefits ensured its popularity.
In 1657 Thomas Garway, proprietor of a coffee house in Exchange Alley in London claimed tea was “gathered by virgins” and “makes a body active and lusty”. This miracle elixir also; “preserves perfect health until extreme old age”, “vanquishes nightmares” and “dispenses with the need for sleep.”
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