By Richard Wanglue. Drinking Tea is unnoticeable in the Hmong community at large. On the other hand, why drinking Tea is very popular in China, Japan, and other Asia countries? Let’s trace some high level history of Tea to see some aspect important of it.
Click here to listen to Suab Hmong Radio LIVE Talkshow exclusive with Kathy Yang, Marketing Director from Kaocha Corporate, a Hmong own Tea Company in the U.S.A.
What is Tea?
Tea is basically the dried and processed leaves of only one species of plant called Camellia Sinensis.
Even though all teas come from only one species, there are three major varietals:
The China – Small leaves and generally thrives at higher altitudes.
The India (or Assam) – Larger leaves and generally thrives at lower altitudes.
The Hybrid – Kind of in-between the Chinese and Indian.
There are four main methods of processing the one species of plant and each produces a different type of tea. The four main types of Tea are White Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, and Oolong Tea.
History of Tea
Tea or Chinese original word “Erh ya” originated from China since 2737 B.C. It spread its popularity to Japan and from there all over the world.
From 618 to 907 A.D. during the T’ang Dynasty, Tea becomes a popular drink in China for both its flavor and medicinal qualities. From 648 – 749 A.D., Japanese monk Gyoki plants the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens. Tea in Japan is rare and expensive, enjoyed mostly by high priests and the aristocracy.
From 725 – 729 A.D., The Chinese give tea give its own character ch’a. The Japanese emperor serves powdered tea (named hiki-cha from the Chinese character) to Buddhist priests.
How is drinking Tea helps your health?
During the Suab Hmong Radio LIVE Talkshow on April 19, 2010 with Kathy Yang, Marketing Director for Kuabcha Tea Inc. said that many customers notified the company that by drinking Kuabcha Tea regularly helped them to reduce their high blood pressure and gauge.
“After I drink Kuabcha Tea regularly for awhile, I recognized that I have more energy and I was not pale like before” said Yang.
Kuabcha Inc. is a Hmong owned Tea Company in the U.S.A. “We started the company back in 2009 and now we are looking for investors and customers to be apart of it to spread it and its effectiveness to the communities” said Yang.
There are local distribution representatives for Kuabcha Tea in the three major states: California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Kuabcha tea is available to buy through Sales Representative at the local states or order through the header quarter company which located in Fresno, California only at this time. Yang will be traveling to Colorado, North Carolina, and other states during the summer of 2010.