Bamboo Grove Cast Iron Teapot and Cup and Saucer—heavy, durable, beautiful! Next to water, tea is the most popular beverage in the world. And it was discovered by accident! According to Chinese folklore, Emperor Shen Nung believed that water should be boiled before drinking. On a summer voyage in 2737 BCE, his servants boiled water to drink, and leaves from a camellia bush blew into the water. The Emperor loved the aroma, tasted the water, and found it delicious. And that’s how tea was born!