The Culture and Preparation of Tea, China (1843), by English artist Thomas Allom.

The great tea robbery: how the British stole China’s secrets and seeds – and broke its monopoly on the brew

China dominated the tea trade until the East India Company broke its monopoly, having sent Scottish botanist Robert Fortune on a covert mission

to steal its plants and tea-processing technique 170 years ago

Topic |   Trade

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The Culture and Preparation of Tea, China (1843), by English artist Thomas Allom.
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Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.