According to legend, in 2737 B.C., Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, a scholor and scientist discovered tea. While traveling to a distant region, Nung’s servants starting boiling water before drinking it when leaves from a nearby bush fell into the pot of boiling water. Back then water was boiled as a hygienic precaution. Rather than have the boiling water with leaves discard, Emperor Nung, sipped it and found it refreshing.
During the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), tea becomes a major commodity for the first time.