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10 fun tea facts- text on the left with teapot and cup of tea on the right

As you will quickly realise on this blog, we love to put the spotlight on tea (duh!). Most of us have tea with breakfast to start our day. We, therefore, wanted to share 10 fun tea facts that may surprise you.

1/ 100 million cups of tea are drunk daily in the UK

The British are strongly associated with the hot beverage and are well known for their love of tea, however, this number is still staggering. (The UK Tea & Infusions Association).

2/ Tea was created over 5000 years ago in China

As legend goes, in 2737 BC, Shen Nung, the Chinese emperor and famed herbalist, sat beneath a Camellia sinensis tree as his servant boiled some drinking water. A few leaves from the tree blew into the water and Shen Nung decided to taste the infusion which was unintentionally created. The resulting drink is what we now know as tea. As with legends, it is impossible to verify the validity of the story however drinking of tea was established in China as far back as the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) with containers for tea being found in their tombs.

3/ Tea contains half the amount of caffeine as coffee

You can consume more tea without the negative side effects of too much caffeine stimulation in your body.

4/ There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of teas*

 *The UK Tea & Infusions Association

fun tea facts- 5 teabags each with a different type of tea

5/ Tea is a natural source of fluoride

It can help protect your teeth from decay and gum disease.

6/ Green Tea & Black Tea come from the same plant

These teas are produced from the leaves of the plant referred to botanically as Camellia sinensis. The difference in the teas is in how they are processed. Black tea is fermented so it is exposed to air to trigger this fermentation process, however, green tea is pan-fried to prevent fermentation.

7/ Tea contains antioxidants called flavonoids

Antioxidants can assist in the prevention of heart disease and cancers as well as damage caused by pollution.

Side Note– Antioxidants are also in dark chocolate, read more here

8/ The world’s top 3 tea producers are #1 China, #2 India & #3 Kenya

Sri Lanka and Vietnam are #4 and #5 respectively

9/ Turkey is the largest per capita tea drinking nation

The Republic of Ireland is #2 followed by the UK in third place.

fun tea facts- flag of turkey


10/ Chocolate tea exists!

For chocolate lovers like myself, chocolate tea is a godsend giving you the lovely chocolate flavour with minimal calories and all the health benefits of tea 😀 Be still my beating heart… 

“Tea is always a good idea.” Anonymous


Which one of the fun tea facts in this post is most surprising to you?

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Post Author: Tamika G

26 Replies to “10 Fun Tea Facts that May Surprise You (Quick Read)”

    1. I like the idea of your post because I LOVE tea, but it felt really bare with information. I appreciate how many headers you have, but would’ve love it even more if there was more information under each one. Other than that, the tone is good! Good job and continue growing!

      1. Hi there, thank you for taking the time to read my post. The goal of this post was not to go in-depth but to be more of a rapid-fire type format with brief points to share the facts. I will develop some of these tea facts into posts of their own so please feel free to check back if those in-depth posts are more your style. Nevertheless, I hope you learnt something new about tea by reading the post.

  1. You had me at chocolate tea ? I will be trying that out for sure! I didn’t know that tea is a natural source of fluoride, or that green tea comes from the same plant as black tea. What makes green different then? And I would’ve guessed UK was the biggest tea drinking nation. You’ve taught me a lot in this article! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi CJ, thank you for your comment. It’s always great to meet a fellow fan of chocolate tea, I saved the best for last 😀 I’m glad to hear that you learnt new tea facts from reading the post. The difference between green tea and black tea is how they are processed. Black tea is fermented but green tea is not. I think I will update the post to add this so others can know as well.

  2. Omg, I need to drink more tea! Those are all amazing facts about tea. Btw, your page is beautiful. Anyway, I am currently breastfeeding and it’s probably a good idea to switch out my half cup of coffee just for tea. This post was very informative. Take care.

    1. Hi Kimberly. Thanks so much for your comment and kind words. Great to hear that you’ll consider drinking more tea as a result of reading this post 🙂

  3. I didn’t know the origin of the tea so I was pretty impressed! Actually, I don’t like coffee so tea is one of my favorite hot beverage (with hot chocolate!) I found these 10 facts really interesting 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Audrey, great to meet another fan of tea. I enjoy hot chocolate as well but tea is definitely my favourite. I’m happy to hear that you learnt something new about tea as that was my goal 🙂 Take care

  4. Always down for some fun facts! Especially tea, I never knew Turkey is the largest tea drinking nation. I totally would never think that black and green tea come from the same plant! I never looked this up, does this mean green and black tea have the same amount of caffeine? I know the longer you leave black tea in to steep, the stronger the tea. Not sure about green tea though… hmm..

    1. Hi Nate, thanks so much for your comment. Great question, the caffeine amount in the 2 teas vary with green tea having approx. half of the caffeine amount of black tea.

  5. Hey there, I found this really informative and as a lover of all kinds of tea, this post is right up my street. Fun facts 6 & 7 were my favourite- I had no idea that drinking tea has so many health benefits. My all-time favourite is peppermint and liquorice tea! Although Yogi tea traditional Indian tea range is a great winter warmer, to get through the long UK winters! Thanks for the insightful article.

    1. Hi Karen, thanks so much for your comment. Yes, #6 was certainly a surprise to me as well. I’m considering doing a post talking about this fact in more detail. Peppermint tea is definitely a great choice for tea and it aids digestion. I’m not a big fan of liquorice tea but I probably should try it again. I’m happy to hear that you learnt something new though. I hope you visit again 🙂

  6. I am a coffee guy but after reading this post maybe I should try some today.
    Chocolate tea sounds delicious!
    Great post.

    1. Hi Fred, great to hear that you are encouraged to try some tea. Hope you follow through and drink a cup soon 🙂 Yes, chocolate tea really is nice. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Wow! That was really alot of great information to know given that i am a tea drinker and like trying new teas but never researched on it. I only knew some of those benefits but im glad i stumbled by this article!And Hey! Im Kenyan and tea for breakfast, break,lunch accompaniment, 4o`clock ….you name it. I guess you get where im coming from. Great job

    1. Hi Janet, thank you for your comment. Always great to meet another tea drinker 🙂 You definitely drink a lot of tea. I have a post coming up on some interesting types of teas which I’m sure you’ll appreciate. Be sure to check back.

  8. I thought I knew a lot about tea, but I guess not! I had no idea that black tea and green tea came from the same plant, and I also didn’t know how they were processed. The Fluoride is a fun fact too! It makes sense that India would be one of the main producers since that is where England and Ireland got it from. Very interesting stuff, Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashley, thank you for taking the time to comment. I’m so happy to hear that you learnt new facts about tea as that was my goal with this post. Happy tea-drinking!

  9. Chocolate tea?! My partner doesn’t drink tea (even though she is of Irish blood), but once I tell her that there is chocolate tea, I think she will quickly change her mind.

    Fact number 5 surprised me as I often hear that too much tea is bad for your teeth. Fact 9 made me giggle as I’m half Irish and half English so I was always going to be a tea lover!

    What’s your top 3 favorite teas??

    1. Hi Mike, thank you for your comment. Haha yes, chocolate tea convinces a lot of people. My favourite teas can change but right now they are redbush, peppermint and green tea.

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