Cyril Christal, owner of Terre des Thés

Born in 1978, i’m a tea enthusiast since my childhood. My parent were drinking a big teapot of Lapsang Souchong every morning. Adult, i start to discover the world of scented teas and after that, i try differents teas from asian countries. My first collection was around the Sri Lanka‘s teas where i travelled in 2006. I discovered there my first tea plantations.

Cyril Christal Terre des ThésAfter that, i was thinking to the next countries to visit. I’ve been in Yunnan, India, Japan, Taiwan, Zhejiang. Every area was a great experience for me. I have seen a lot of way to create tea but also different kind of consumption and lovely people who share their experiences. In parallel, i created my company to sell tea in France and offer my knowledge of the tea’s world.

Articles about my tea trips (only in French)

thé à la plage PalavasTerre des thés is specialised to offer a large diversity of teas from different origin. We do our best to propose the most fresh tea from the latest crop. Now, we sell more than 80 different teas. Every month, 5 to 10 fresh teas are proposed to our customer.

In parallel, we do our best to show the tea’s diversity to our customers. Every month, we offer a degustation, where people can test what a real fresh tea is.
Some special degustation are realized with other professionals: how tea can be drunk with cheese, or what are the common point between wine and tea.

The next steps are turned toward the asian countries: Korea, Japan, Darjeeling, Wuyi mountains, Thailand…we hope to visit all those places and be more aware about what happen there for the tea and his environment.

Brew loose puerh tea

Puerh tea is often pressed to allow its transportation and storage in a simple way . In parallel, the bulk form ( uncompressed sheets) also exists. This is a more common packaging in the West and which may be less confusing to learn this tea family.
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The arrival of tea in Europe

Macao is the first port of Europe is set in China. This city is a concession offered by China to the Portuguese to thank them for having chased the pirates that raged around Canton . It is from this region are shipped the first Chinese products to Europe in the 16th century , mainly tea , silk and porcelain . Lire la suite

Two Asian legends

Many tales have been passed in Asia to explain the appearance of a particular tea. Here we present the two most famous that explain how man discovered the magic of tea!

empereur shennong théThe Emperor Shennong

In Chinese mythology, the Emperor Shennong is the source of all discoveries around agriculture and the medicinal use of plants. He passed all his knowledge and for the good of his people.

In the interests of hygiene, it required all his subjects do boil the water before drinking. One day, sitting in the shade of a bush, a few sheets of it fell into his bowl of hot water. He drank, found the pleasant taste and felt the benefit of this infusion. From that day, the tea became a beneficial plant for the subjects of the emperor.

bodhidarma grotte théThe monk Bodhidharma

In the sixth century, the Indian monk Bodhidharma went to China to preach Buddhism. His influence profoundly affected Asia since he founded the school Chánin known as the Zen school in Japan. He also taught the monks of Shaolin meditation techniques, breathing and fighting.

Legend has it remained 9 years meditating in a cave, facing a wall. One day, furious at having dozed off after 7 years, he cut off his eyelids and threw them to the ground. Of this flap of flesh soon was born the first tea of humanity, tea was born! Consumption at once allowed the monks to keep them awake during long meditation sessions.