Persian tea--my favorite. 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)
Tea: A History of the Drink That Changed the World by John C. Griffiths - - A fascinating account of the world's favorite beverage from the son of Sir Percival Griffiths, author of the monumental and definitive tome The History of the Indian Tea Industry,
Tea time tea rituals and tea cups span the globe. Unique rituals and ceremonies are steeped in history for one of the oldest drinks in the world. Discover and emulate beautiful tea rituals from around the world on the Talbott blog.