“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me” — C.S. Lewis
Sometimes in life, you simply have a bad day. Or you’re tired, or you don’t feel like doing anything, or you’ve had a long day, or you’re upset, or sometimes you’re happy or perhaps you’re simply meeting a friend at your local cafe.
And nothing else will do but a good cup of tea.
I’m not sure why I have such a devoted love for tea. Perhaps it’s because both my parents are avid tea drinkers or maybe because I am often considered very British. I truly believe that tea really does make a situation seem better: it can lift your mood and warm you up from the cold.
Whether your tipple of choice is Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Camomile or Twinings Everyday, tea has become a British tradition, a drink synonymous with our great nation. And while coffee remains immensely popular – an estimated 70 millions cups are drank here in Great Britain every single day – there’s nothing quite like a cuppa.
While it is considered a quintessentially British beverage, tea first originated in China many centuries before it was introduced here. In September 1658, an advert appeared in a local London newspaper declaring that a city coffee house was now serving tea.
Through years of tea smuggling, high taxation rates, health concerns that drinking too much tea would make you of melancholy mind, controversial tea trading changes and the arrival of the tea bag to Britain in the 1970s, tea drinking has become a firm British tradition that will no doubt carry on for centuries.
As a nation, we consume an estimated 165 million cups of tea every single day – this website actually has a counter, but I’m not sure how it works and it’s terrible for procrastination.
So, why do we continue to love tea? Of course, I can’t really answer that scientifically. Coffee is considered more a necessity, a stimulant, a drink that helps so many to feel awake in the mornings while tea is perhaps more of a comfort. Its simplicity is why we consume so much of it and why we are not always in the mood for a Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino.
I’m not sure, on average, how many cups of tea I drink in a day, although I am sometimes renowned for only drinking half a cup. I always pop the milk in first, controversial I hear, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Guess what? I’m just off to pop the kettle on and make myself a nice brew..