Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly when tea was first consumed, it is said that tea was first discovered in China around 2700 BC by Emperor Shen Nong. The story goes that as he was boiling water in his garden, a leaf from a camellia sinensis plant fell into the pot. Over the centuries, tea has taken various forms of relevance in the world. Some examples include: medicine in China, currency in Siberia and as a ceremonial centerpiece in Japan. Today, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world next to water.