The tradition of tea looks quite different when you consider the tea type and origin. A classic afternoon tea in Great Britain does not begin to resemble the tradition of a time-honored Japanese tea ceremony. The latter celebrates simplicity, balance and harmony. In India, tea takes on irreverent flavors thanks to Cha-ya, or Chai, which translates to spicy and traces its origins to a popular tea sold on the streets. Chinese teas started their journey as medicinal beverages. Learn more about the teas you enjoy most.