Third Thursday Lecture: From Green to Black: How Black Tea Conquered Britain and the United States and Sencha Japan
19 June 2014, Norwich
Dr Robert Hellyer, Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow
ABOUT THE LECTURE
n 1860, Britons consumed green and black teas, while Americans overwhelmingly preferred green teas—all of which were imported almost exclusively from China. For their part, most Japanese drank low grade bancha, a domestically produced green tea. Just two decades later, British consumers had switched to black teas, produced in India and Ceylon, while Americans preferred green teas imported not from China but from Japan. Yet by the 1930s, the United States had also become a black tea consuming nation, while Japanese drank more sencha, a mid- grade, green tea that remains the most widely consumed variety in Japan today.
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