The Chinese were the first producers of Tea, they produced tea many years before the East India Company.
According to the legend, an emperor sitting with a cup of fresh boiled water, discovered tea, when a leaf from a camellia plant fell into his cup
As tea was introduced to England, it became very popular as a snack with bread and butter.
The tea gathered could then be grown in India and the company could bypass China in its tea needs.
The East India Company sent someone to become a tea spy. They wanted someone to gather the secrets of how the tea is made and gather plants at the same time.
The East India Company was not successful in growing tea, so they recruited eight men from China with lots of experience to grow the tea for them, they got paid a decent amount but if got sick or could not do the job had to pay the company.
The Importance of the podcast is to explain how tea was made and how it became very important to England and trade to America