1. Brits drink 165 million cups of tea a day. That’s a staggering 60.2 billion a year.
2. All teas come from the same plant. So black, green, oolong, white and pu-erh all come from the camellia sinensis, a sub-tropical evergreen plant native to Asia but now grown all over the world.
3. Tea was first discovered in China by Shen Nung in 2737BC, who used it as an antidote to poisonous herbs.
4. The most expensive tea bag in the world was created by Boodles jewellers to celebrate PG Tips 75th birthday. The diamond-encrusted bag was worth £7000 and was auctioned off for charity.
5. In the 1700s, tea replaced gin as the UK’s favourite tipple. It’s said that it was introduced to these shores by Catherine of Braganza, queen of Charles II, who landed in Portsmouth in 1662 and asked for a calming cup of tea.
6. Tea really took hold in the UK thanks to the British East India Company, which held a monopoly on Chinese tea in the eighteenth century. Coffee was hard to come by as the UK went to war with France and Spain, cutting it off from countries that supplied it.