Tea, stated by the majority is the second most consumed beverage in the world, with water not far away in first position. So why is the humble cuppa such a popular choice when it comes to quenching thirst? Well, we shall tell you!
It comes in many varieties, with flavours and leaf types to suit every palette – from fruity, tropical teas to the more earthy black and oolong blends, there is a flavour for everyone! It predates coffee by a few thousand years so tea has had longer to embed into generations past and present. Although coffee is a widespread option and in places like America and Europe there is a coffee shop on practically every street corner, the price of tea and it’s health benefits prevail the mere cup of coffee. (OK, maybe I’m a little biased as I have always preferred tea rather than a coffee rush but there are definite correlations between health improvements and tea consumption).
The best quality tea is produced in the East; in areas of India, China and Sri Lanka, so it’s no surprise that tea is the national drink of these countries. A cup of tea also contains less caffeine than a standard cup of coffee, meaning that the usual, quite intense high you get from a pick-me-up coffee isn’t as prominent in a cup of tea and can be balanced better; a good alternative for those of us who struggle with high doses of caffeine.
As mentioned above, the price of tea is also very affordable – you pay for quality but at the fraction of the price other beverages in the field would advertise. Tea leaves are lighter than a coffee bean and therefore works in tea's favour when it comes to packaging and weight. Tea requires a bare minimum; a kettle and water - it's up to you how you choose to experience tea; whether you are a connoisseur who uses an infuser and a teapot or a minimal, no fuss individual who creates a BRUUtopia by simply switching on the kettle, there is no right or wrong way as we are all different!
Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold - in sunny, warm climates or the more obvious colder countries; oh it's a lovely beverage to sip, whatever the weather!