The story of tea begins in ancient China more than 5,000 years ago. Emperor Shen Nung required that all drinking water be boiled to prevent disease. One summer day, while his servants were boiling water for the court to drink, dried leaves from a nearby bush fell into the pot, turning the water brown. Shen Nung was enticed by the aroma, drank some of the liquid, and found it very refreshing.
The story of coffee is equally serendipitous. According to legend, an Arab shepherd named Kaldi found his goats prancing energetically around a green-leafed shrub with bright red berries. Kaldi tried the berries himself and discovered their powerful, stimulant effect. The berries were soon used by monks at a local monastery to stay awake during extended hours of prayer. Before long, they were being dried for shipment to other monasteries, where monks pulverized and boiled the powder in hot water for consumption. Coffee was born.
The teas and coffees featured at Pars Market are as close to the old-world tradition as you will find. There are white, green, black, red and oolong teas, loose or in silk bags (because paper is bleached, which compromises the purity of tea); herbals and flavored. You’ll also find coffees from around the world, with specialty coffees from Italy, Turkey, Armenia, Brazil, Greece and Egypt.
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