Random Fact: Tea

Britain is the second largest nation of tea-drinkers per capita, with Ireland being the first. The UK drinks approximately 165 million cups of tea per day or 62 billion cups per year.

Initially, tea was sold in coffee houses in England. Only men were allowed to enter coffee houses, which were full of smoke and noise. Eventually, in 1717, the Twining family opened the Golden Lyon, a teashop that allowed women. The shop is still open today, and the Twinings company is a prominent English marketer of tea.

In the US, an estimated 85% of the tea consumed is iced tea (sorry, US folks, but tea should be served hot!)