Fun Tea Facts and Statistics
Updated: Mar 16
Facts About Tea from Around the World
Tea was discovered around 2,700 BC
Tea has been around for centuries. Tea was discovered around 2,700 BC, almost 5,000 years ago. FAO.org
Oldest Tea Leaves
The oldest tea leaves ever found are around 2,100 years old and were discovered by the Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology in China. Guinness World Records
The United Kingdom Loves Tea
Based on a 2019 survey in the United Kingdom 68% of the people in the UK drink tea every day. With 37% drinking two to three times a day and 21% drinking four to five times a day. Statista.com
China Really Loves Tea
China accounted for 40% of world tea sales. The overall tea market is expected to grow by 8.2% from 2021 to 2025. Statista.com
Turkey Loves Loves Tea
China the country consumes the most tea, but the Turks consume the most per person. Turks drink an average of almost seven pounds of tea per person annually. Turkey grows one-fifth of the world’s supply of tea.
Americans Love Cold Tea
Around 85% of the tea sold in America is iced tea.
Lipton Makes A Lot of Tea
Lipton is the world's largest brand of tea. The Lipton Tea Factory in Jebel Ali, Dubai, produces around 5 billion tea bags a year. Lipton Tea was created by Sir Thomas Lipton in 1871 and originally sold in his Lipton grocery store in Glasgow, Scotland. It has since grown to be the leading brand around the globe.
All True Teas Are from Camellia Sinensis Plant Leaves
There are five different types of tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, and pu’erh tea. They all come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The different teas are made by how the leaves are processed.
The Most Expensive Tea
The most expensive tea is Da-Hong Pao Tea. At $1.2 million per kilogram, Da-Hong Pao Tea is the most expensive in the world. This variety has been declared a national treasure by the Chinese government and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. The process used during harvesting remains a closely guarded secret. It is often presented as a gift to dignitaries and honorable people. Money Inc
Two Types of Expensive Pooh Tea
Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea type of tea was originally invented in the 18th-century. It was first given as a gift to Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Just as The name suggests, the Tea is made from the droppings of insects. Using tweezers, The workers at the Tea farms in Taiwan carefully remove Tea leaves from the droppings of insects that have fed on Tea leaves. Poo Poo Pu-Erh Tea costs $1,000 per kilogram.
Panda Dung Tea is made from panda bear droppings. The pandas have a diet of bamboo shoots and tea leaves, the latter of which is then extracted from their droppings. Panda dung Tea is rich in nutrients and costs a whopping $70,000 per kilogram.
Who Invented the Tea Bag?
Legend has it that the tea bag was accidentally invented by Thomas Sullivan in 1908 when he used silk bags to deliver his tea as a way of encouraging sales. Some of those those people who he sent the bags of tea to decided to use the bag as a tea infuser, rather than opening the bags up and brewing the tea normally. There are other claims of inventing the tea bag, but this story seems to be the most popular.