Tea is also a sort of spiritual refreshment, an elixir of clarity and wakeful tranquility. Respectfully preparing tea and partaking of it mindfully create heart-to-heart conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart. No pleasure is simpler, no luxury cheaper, no consciousness-altering agent more benign. ~ James Norwood Pratt / Japanese tea ceremony. Sado 茶道
The history of Tea in Great Britain. Tea is famous for being the beverage of choice for the British. Nanny Moringa (http://www.nannymoringa.com/) has explored the history of tea in Great Britain, following its path from its introduction to Britain by the Royal Family to the creation of Afternoon Tea.
Persian tea. The history of tea culture in Iran started at the end of the 15th century. Before that coffee was the main beverage in Iran. However, most of the coffee producing countries were located far from Iran, making shipping very difficult. With a major tea producing country, China, located on a nearby trading path, "the silk road", and the shipping of tea was much easier. (wiki)