Trends come and go. However, tea has remained one of the most consistent and well loved beverages in the history of civilization.
Every day, the world’s population drinks approximately 6 billion cups of tea. That’s more than coffee!
It’s consumed in a variety of ways, from cold to hot, with sweeteners and without. Ultimately, the popularity of tea is undeniable.
Tea gifts are extremely popular, especially around the holidays, because it makes the perfect last minute gift for those hard-to-please friends. As soon as the cold weather hits, gift baskets become widely available for the choosing, and accessories such as tea infusers become a go-to stocking stuffer. From trendy loose leaf varieties to after-dinner dessert teas, there are enough flavours to quell even the oddest cravings.
Giving tea as a gift is also a culturally significant move. In China, tea competitions have been held for centuries, with precise rituals in place to determine which tea will be the coveted winner (Tong, 2010). The winning teas are available for purchase and are often generally accepted as respectable gifts.
Tea culture around the world doesn’t just stop at giving gifts. There are a variety of different rituals and traditions, such as the Japanese matcha tea ceremony or the Indian chai tea that is served in clay cups. That’s one of the beautiful things about tea: it changes between different cultures, from different flavors to different pouring methods, but the love of a hot beverage unites us all at the same time.
In modern cultures, tea is a drink that is always being reinvented. There are currently thousands of types of teas on the market, with some variations on the menu that might shock the average coffee shop patron. Take, for example, one of the newest tea trends: cheese tea. And that’s just one example.
Tea, or as some like to refer to it, "magical creativity juice," is a drink that fuels your body and your mind. Drinking tea regularly can help you stay alert, focus, and open up your mind to more creative ventures. Some studies have also indicated that tea consumption is linked to the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.
It’s not all just mental benefits, either. In fact, in one study, women who drank tea experienced epigenetic changes- chemical modifications within the body that have the capacity to turn certain genes on or off. Tea is also full of antioxidants that can help you fight off cancer, manage weight, and boost your metabolism.
It’s hard to argue that tea is one of the easiest drinks you can make. All it takes is some leaves and hot water. However, it’s more complex than that if you want to achieve the perfect brew. Even the container you brew your tea in, or the temperature of the water at the time of the pour, can affect the taste of your drink.
At the end of the day, tea is a classic drink that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s survived centuries of wars, civilization shifts, inventions, and different time periods. It’s traveled from one end of the world to the other, from the Silk Road to the discovery of the Americas. The popularity of tea is here to stay.
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