China tea culture has evolved over a period of many centuries. When Chinese Buddhist
monks first introduced tea to visiting monks from Japan, it was consumed in powdered
form, whisked with hot water. This style of tea is still venerated in Japan as Cha-no-yu, the
Japanese Tea Ceremony. Soon thereafter, the Mongols invaded China, and tea as an art form
gave way to tea as an article of commerce.
By the nineteenth century, China tea had become an integral part of British life and an
important component of the British economy. But friction with China mounted with
each passing decade. Finding an alternative to China tea became “a national emergency.”
"Upton Tea Imports was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing the North American tea drinker with
the finest teas available. We purchase teas from reputable brokers and estates worldwide, dealing only with
sources who are capable of providing top quality teas. We sell directly to the consumer, thus ensuring the
freshest product and fairest pricing."