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When did the British start drinking tea?

Chat with the Tea MasterWhen did the British start drinking tea?
Roshan Rupasinghe asked 5 years ago

When the Portuguese princess Catherine, daughter of the Duke of Braganza, married Charles II in 1662, she introduced the English to the enjoyable tradition of a cuppa (only tea was drunk out of small bowls back then). Portuguese explorers had brought back tea from Japan as early as 1560. While Catherine never gave England an heir, she gave them tea, and somehow, that seems much more worthwhile!