Čaj je vedle vody nejrozšířenějším nápojem na světě. Každý den ho pijí lidé ve všech koutech světa.
Tea’s the most popular drink in the world after water. People from all corners of the world drink it every day. For some it’s a refreshing drink that serves to quench the thirst, for others it’s a whole philosophy linked to precisely set preparatory methods and ritualised ceremonies.
“Čaj” as it’s known in Czech comes from Chinese and is variously but similarly used in many of today’s languages. In countries it reached by sea, the name is similar to the English “tea”, hence in German it’s “tee”, in French “thé” and in Italian “té”. In countries it reached overland, its name resembles the Chinese “chá”, so in India, Arabic and Slavic countries it’s referred to as “čaj”.
Strictly speaking, the word “tea” should be used only for a brew made from the leaves of the tea plant. However, the word “tea” is applied to many other plants, although it’d really be better to designate them as “drinks similar to tea”. Genuine tea only comes from tea plants, which are cultivated primarily in Asia, Africa, South America and Australia; in Europe they’re only cultivated in the Azores. Depending on the processing method, tea can be classified as green, black, white, oolong, pu-erh and yellow tea; for example, the latter’s a speciality of the Chinese provinces of Anhui, Sechuan and Hunan.
Tea is a popular beverage on every continent, but also a widely-used and easily-available drink for treating ailments and stimulating the brain and body. Moreover, it constitutes an important part of the culture and history of many nations. The tea plant’s been cultivated for two and a half thousand years, and was present in Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, making it one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world.
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