5 Good Books About the History of Tea and Tea as a Drink in General

Recently I read a lot of posts mentioning The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzō as a must read classic about tea. I have never read it, but to me (not to discard Japanese tea culture), the true origin of tea comes from China and this is principally what I am interested in. What do you think? How do you see both cultures and their differences?

Each time I asked my Chinese friends about tea, the first words that came out of their mouths was The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu, instantly.

I haven’t read the entire book yet, (the translation) but I have read a lot about its content. (I know, it sounds like reading cheat sheets), it’s easily found on Amazon> The Classic of Tea: Origins & Rituals

So here’s a list of 5 books about tea to check out:

5: Brief History of Tea by Roy Moxham


To buy it on Amazon

4:  Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea by Jeff Koehler


To buy it on Amazon

3: Tea: The Drink that Changed the World by Laura C. Martin


To buy it on Amazon

2: The Tea Cyclopedia: A Celebration of the World’s Favorite Drink by Keith Souter


More about the book / Buy it on Amazon

1: The Classic of Tea by Lu Yu


To get it on Amazon

 Lu Yu deserves a little special treatment in the meantime.
Lu Yu Classic of Tea, quote

Lu Yu quote

Lu Yu quote about life, Book of Tea

Lu Yu quote about Tea

Lu Yu Quote, Classic of tea



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