Yaupon, a holly bush indigenous to the south-east United States, was once the most widely consumed caffeinated beverage in the Americas, so popular that the British East India Company deemed it a threat to their control of the tea market.
The founder of Celestial Seasonings, maker of the wildly popular Sleepytime Tea, is the leader of a New Age cult that believes we live on “Urantia” and that pale aliens named Adam and Eve came to Earth to “purify” the planet of the inferior races, including gigantic green and orange people. According to Urantia’s text, a half a million years ago six colored races existed on our planet – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo.
The British Royal Society of Chemistry recommends adding tea to milk, and not the other way around, as adding milk to tea results in “significant denaturation” of the milk, adversely affecting flavor.
After the Boston Tea Party, many Americans switched to drinking coffee during the Revolutionary War because drinking tea had become unpatriotic.
From 1897 until 1996 the federal government had a board of tea testers whose job was to make sure that imported tea was good enough to be sold in the US.
A recent trend in Taiwan is to drink tea made with cheese.
Tea was so important for morale in the British army that in 1942 the UK bought the entire world’s crop of tea.
Southern sweet tea was originally used to show wealth, as tea, ice, and sugar were all very expensive at the time.
There is a tea that costs $1,025,000 per kilogram.
Charles Grey, the Second Earl Grey, established real democracy in Britain, abolished slavery throughout the empire, and is only remembered as a tea blend.