Persian tea--my favorite. The history of tea culture in Iran started at the end of the 15th century. Before that coffee was the main beverage in Iran. However, most of the coffee producing countries were located far from Iran, making shipping very difficult. With a major tea producing country, China, located on a nearby trading path, "the silk road", and the shipping of tea was much easier. (wiki)
When thinking about tea culture, it is easy to limit yourself to envisioning rolling green hills in China, Japan and India. Not only are there many more countries that produce and consume tea, but they all enjoy it very differently! Here's a peek at a few countries' tea cultures that you may not be familiar with.