Tea Facts - 10/05/2010

Some facts you may not know

 Tea picker at Jungpana Tea Estate Darjeeling India (Source Unknown)

  • The British have been drinking tea for nearly 400 years
  • Tea breaks are traditions that have been with us for approximately 200 years. Initially when workers commenced their day at around 5 or 6am, employers allowed a break in the morning when food and tea were served. Some employers repeated the break in the afternoon as well
  • Tea costs approximately 3p per cup to make. Coffee costs 6.5p
  • Tea outsells coffee by 2 to 1
  • There are 26 tea-growing nations. The principal ones are India, China, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia
  • Over 50% of our tea comes from East Africa – Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe
  • The UK imports and consumes 140 thousand tonnes of tea per year
  • The UK drinks 165 million cups per day - 62 billion cups per year
  • There are estimated to be about 1,500 different varieties of tea
  • In a recent study, 80% of staff claim they find out more about what's going on at work over a cup of tea than in any other way
  • The UK tea market is worth circa £700 million annually
  • Average consumption is circa 3 cups per day (10 years old and over)
  • 70% of population (over 10yrs) drank tea yesterday
  • 95% of tea is consumed in tea bags
  • 86% of tea is consumed at home, 14% out of home
  • 93% of tea consumed is a blend – 7% speciality tea. Earl Grey 50% of speciality market
  • Over 25% of milk consumed in UK is taken with tea
  • 98% of people take milk with tea
  • 45% of people take sugar with their tea

Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea!
How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea."
William Gladstone, British Prime Minister.