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You’ve come a long way, baby! No we’re not being sexist. We are rejoicing that grandma’s cuppa has come a long way – a very long way. Just witness the proliferation of retail establishments selling, serving and shilling for tea.

According to the Tea Association of Canada, to whom statistics about tea matters greatly, “Tea is destined to become the next sought after sip for Canadians …  and the number of options for afternoon tea is growing at a stunning pace.” Hallelujah!

While we were reflecting upon this turn of events, we came across the following facts about tea and its consumption:

Courtesy UK Tea Council

Courtesy UK Tea Council

* 80% of office workers in the UK claim they find out more about what’s going on at work over a cup of tea than in any other way

* Tea outranks ale and gin as the favourite tipple and is Britain’s most popular beverage

* Tea contains 50% less caffeine than coffee

* 4 cups of tea a day this gives you optimal benefit

* Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease

* Tea has potential health maintenance benefits in cardiovascular illnesses

* Apart from tourism, tea is the biggest industrial activity in India

* 98% of people take their tea with milk, but only 30% take sugar in tea

* Tea hydrates as well as water.

 Leslie Byrne, a maven at Equal Voice Canada, says, I had forgotten how thirst quenching tea was.”

Comment and share your facts about tea.