Tea originated in China during the 10th century B.C. The British brought it to the Western Hemisphere when they began trading with India and China in the 1900s. The most common varieties of tea sold are black, white, green and oolong.

Tea is associated with high society and social prominence. Afternoon tea is a special occasion in Great Britain. In many Arab cultures, tea is the focus of many social gatherings.

There are two ways to make tea, with a tea bag or with loose tea leaves. Making tea with a tea bag is simpler because it is not necessary to strain the tea before drinking it.