Top 15 facts about Tea

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  1. If you don’t want to mosquito bites on your skin, dampen tea leaves to harness their scent and voila! You have a natural mosquito repellent at your home.
  2. There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.
  3. The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year
  4. Over 3 million tons of tea is produced every year worldwide.
  5. In 2005, the total value of the worldwide tea market was over $20 billion
  6. Because tea absorbs moisture, it is important to store loose tea or tea bags in a tin or sealed jar
  7. here are 6 basic categories of tea: 1) white, 2) yellow, 3) green, 4) oolong, 5) black, 6) and post-fermented
  8. Over 65% of tea brewed in the United States was prepared using tea bags
  9. More than 200 cups of tea can be brewed from one pound of loose tea leaves.
  10. Although tea arrived in England in 1657, it did not immediately become popular. First sold in coffee houses, tea was heavily taxed, illegally smuggled, altered, and fought over. It took many years for it to become a quintessential English drink
  11. Lipton is the world’s best-selling tea brand
  12. Green tea is full of antioxidants which, when added to water, can help boost the health of plants
  13. Tea was a major factor in establishing connections between the East and West. It was also a catalyst for developing new technology, such as faster transport ships
  14. The most expensive teapot in the world is a rare pair of “melon” teapots from 18th century China. They sold for $2.18 million. They had been owned by a Scottish collector who had them for 50 years but did not realize their value
  15. A cup of brewed tea usually contains less than half the caffeine of a cup of It’s also easy to decaffeinate loose tea at home by “rinsing” tea leaves. To rinse the leaves, begin brewing tea as usual and then remove the leaves after 20 seconds. Discard the brew and start again with fresh boiling water and the now-decaffeinated tea leaves.

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