21 Interesting Tea Facts

Do you know everything there is to know about tea? We’ve compiled 21 insanely interesting tea facts to test your knowledge.

Are you a tea connoisseur? Do you know everything you need to know about tea? Well, we’re here to test your metal. How many of these tea facts do you know?



  1. There are an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.
  2. Tea is the national drink in Iran and Afghanistan.
  3. The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day. That’s about 62 billion cups a year.
  4. China is the world’s largest producer of tea. In 2009, China produced 1,359,000 tons of tea.
  5. 85% of the tea consumed in the United States is iced tea.
  6. In 2005, the worldwide tea market was worth over $20 billion.
  7. Black tea undergoes the longest oxidation process. White tea undergoes the shortest.
  8. It takes about four to twelve years for a tea plant to produce a seed. It takes three years before a new tea plant is ready to harvest.
  9. Tea plants require at least 50 inches of rain a year.
  10. A tea plant can grow as tall as 52 feet if the leaves are not harvested. However, cultivated plants are typically just waist height.
  11. Black tea is called “red tea” in China.
  12. The most expensive tea bag in the world is worth $15,250. It contains 280 diamonds and was handcrafted by Boodles Jewelers.
  13. The most expensive tea in the world is a rare Chinese tea called Tieguanuyin. It costs around $1,500 a pound and is an oolong tea named after the Buddhist deity Guan Yin.
  14. Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung discovered tea in 2737 BC. He discovered it when tea leaves accidently fell into a pot of boiling water.
  15. The tea bag and iced tea were both invented in the US in 1904.
  16. A cup of brewed tea contains half the caffeine of a cup of coffee.
  17. 75% of the world’s tea consumption is black tea.
  18. When tea is poured in China, guests tap two or three fingers on the table three times to show gratitude for the server.
  19. Solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia until the 19th
  20. When tea arrived in England in 1657, it was sold in coffee houses, which only allowed men. It wasn’t until 1717 that Twinings opened the first teashop that allowed women.
  21. All tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Processing the tea leaves differently makes specific types of tea.


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