Twelve fascinating facts about tea from the UK Tea and Infusion Association

  • Tea breaks are a tradition that have been with us for approximately 200 years.
  • 80% of office workers say they find out more about what’s going on at work over a cup of tea than any other way.
  • By the mid 18th c. tea replaced ale & gin as the drink of the masses to become Britain’s most popular beverage.
  • Tea contains half the amount of caffeine found in coffee.
  • The number of recommended cups of tea to drink each day is 4, this gives you optimal benefit.
  • Tea was created more than 5000 years ago in China.
  • Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay.
  • The first book about tea was written by Lu Yu in 800 A.D
  • Tea firstly appeared in Europe thanks to Portuguese Jesuit Father Jasper de Cruz in 1560
  • 96% of all cups of tea drunk daily in the UK are brewed from tea bags.
  • Apart from tourism, tea is the biggest industrial activity in India.
  • 98% of people take their tea with milk, but only 30% take sugar in tea



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