Research on Chinese Tea

The brief for the Kombucha design states that while taking a more modern approach, the company would like to retain some visual links to its Chinese origins. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to familiarise myself a little more with the product, starting with the history of Chinese tea.

Originating in China, tea is one of the country’s most popular beverages. China has one of the earliest records of tea drinking, dating back to the 10th century BC, but according to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 BCE when a leaf fell into the water that Chinese Emperor Shennong was boiling. The classical Chinese philosopher Laozi named tea an indispensable ingredient to the elixir of life. Nowadays mugs with lids and handles are used to drink tea, but up until quite recently small bowls like the one below, known in china as a Chanwan, were used. I quite like the idea of visually referencing the bowls in one of my designs by using the shape to create a clean, modern motif.

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