Despite the growth of coffee shops in the UK (and something Costa Coffee is now exporting to France) Brits still drink 11 million gallons of tea a day. The 400-year old habit is well established with many people acknowledging they are addicted to it.
Most people use the same process and the same cup or mug; milk and two sugars for many people. But 7% of us are so fussy about the strength and temperature we won’t let anyone else make it for us
A quarter of us drink at least 5 cups a day but only 20% use a teapot and even fewer a cup and saucer. And loose tea and a strainer? Not these days.
The Chairman of the Tea Council, William Gorman, says we still drink tea because we know it’s good for us (so is coffee by the way). He syas it calms our muscles, hydrates us, and has less caffeine than coffee.
The market for black the has not grown but green, white, and herbal tea sales are increasing by 7% each year and make up 10% of the market.
The problem is buying tea in a cafe. Its ether stewed or not boiled long enough. Personally I object to paying so much for a teabag and some hot water. At least with coffee you know it’s pretty much quality controlled. Which is why the vast majority of tea-drinking is done at home.
I drink both tea and coffee. For years I drank tea with milk (and sugar a long time ago). Then when I started going to Lithuania in 2005 I discovered that they only serve tea with milk, and hot milk at that, for children.
Their preferred method is tea with a slice of lemon and a teaspoonful of honey. At first I stuck to black tea but one night a couple of years ago the bar staff made a mistake and gave me green tea instead.
I’d only ever had green tea in a Chinese restaurant before but I liked it with the lemon and honey and have stuck with that ever since including back at home.
In fact although I might have a couple of milky coffees a day I tend to only have one cup of tea with milk and start and finish the day with green tea, lemon and honey.