National Tea Day: It’s par-tea time!
It’s no secret that us Brits are partial to a cup of tea – drinking a whopping 165 cups a day! And to celebrate this obsession with the humble brew, National Tea Day will be celebrated on 21st April. in this week’s blog post we’ll be looking at the history of tea drinking in the UK and recommending our favourites from our Best of Local tea range!
A history of tea
Although many of us can’t imagine a morning without a nice cuppa, the tradition of tea drinking in the UK only dates back to the mid-17th century. The custom originated over 5000 years ago in Asia, and spread slowly across Europe, with Portuguese and Dutch traders first importing tea to the continent.
It was ironically in the coffee houses of London where tea was first introduced to a British audience. As its popularity spread through London, pub owners were initially disgruntled, as the drink was affecting their sales of ale and gin!
Over the years, many traditions have developed along with tea drinking, such as afternoon tea and tea shops, and its popularity hasn’t waned – the average Brit drinks 876 cups a year!
Our brew-tiful range
If all this has left you thirsty for more, look no further than our Best of Local tea range, packed and blended in the UK. Here are our favourites:
· English Breakfast Tea – the classic! This is a lovely blend of Indian Assam and Sri Lankan black teas.
· Green Tea – packed with antioxidants, this green tea is from the Yunnan province of China.
· Moroccan Mint Tea – this blend of peppermint and Chinese Gunpowder green is the perfect digestif.
Happy brewing everyone!