The very first book on tea – Tea Classic (Cha Jing) – was written during the second half of the eighth century in China. This was during the prosperous Tang Dynasty (618–907). The author’s name was Lu Yu (733–804).
Before the Tang Dynasty there was very little information available regarding tea, at least in written form. Instead the information was passed on from mouth to mouth until the Tea Classic was finally published (approx. 780 AD).
Lu Yu writes about everything that a tea drinker could possible need to know about tea during the Tang Dynasty. Amongst other things he explains how tea is cultivated, boiled and consumed. The book consists of ten chapters.