TEA IN EUROPE
The PORTUGUESE were the first far east European country to import tea into Europe, from their trading bases in China and Java as early as 1610. England's East India Company followed shortly behind with a monopoly on tea importation in England.
Tea was popularised in England by Catherine of Braganza, when she arrived from Portugal to marry King Charles II in 1662 and brought with her, her tea drinking habit.
The first tea sold in England to the public was through Thomas Garway's coffee house in 1657.