Join us for a relaxing tour of all things tea for National Tea Day 2019…

The Brits’ love affair with all things tea is world renowned. There isn’t a social occasion, or awkward situation, that can’t be improved without adding a cup of tea to the mix.

So much so, that National Tea Day, which takes place on the 21st April each year, was created by tea gurus and brew-masters to help celebrate all things infused, and help the next-generation of tea drinkers explore the range of teas available.

So, with Fuze Tea – our surprisingly refreshing range of cold brews – now regularly helping people up and down the country enjoy a little ‘me time’, we’ve put the kettle on and are infusing Coca-Cola Journey some fun facts to help get us all in the mood for National Tea Day...

Getting to know tea

For centuries, tea was only ever drunk for medicinal purposes, and never as an everyday beverage. It took almost 3,000 years for it to become the popular drink we recognise today.

Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a small tree native to Asia. There are five types of tea: green tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, and oolong tea. The difference between each one comes from how the tea leaves are processed.

As soon as tea leaves are picked, they begin to oxidize, pretty much in the same way that an apple of banana peel starts to go brown once opened. This oxidisation defines the type of tea you’re drinking, as White tea is the least oxidized, followed by yellow and green tea, and then Oolong tea. By default, black tea undergoes the most oxidization. 

The Great British cuppa

Britain may be famously associated with tea, but our love affair with the beverage hasn’t been that long in real terms. Tea was introduced around 400 years ago and became the drink of choice amongst aristocrats of 17th Century England. Due to the expense of importing tea, as well as the taxes placed in it, tea was seen as a luxury to be savoured. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that it was widely drunk across all social classes.

Are you a milk in first or second kind of person? Traditionally, milk was poured into a cup before the tea, in order to protect the delicate china tea cup from cracking.

Today, it’s estimated that we Brits drink some 165 million cups of a tea day, that’s around a mouth-puckering 900 cups per person, per year. But despite our reputation, we’re not the largest tea drinkers, as both Turkey and the Republic of Ireland consume more tea per person than we do.

One for the pot

The global demand for tea is huge, and with so many parched-throats needing refreshment, China is the largest tea producing country in the world, harvesting 2,230,000 tonnes annually. They’re followed by India – producing 1,191,100 tonnes – and Kenya in third place with 399,210 tonnes annually.

Once, loose tea ruled supreme, but today most of us have forgotten the art of tea making; as 96% of us choose to use a tea-bag to a make a brew. But did you know that tea bags were invented purely by accident? In 1908, US tea merchant Thomas Sullivan used small silk bags to give samples of tea to his customers, some of whom believed the bags were supposed to be put directly into the pot. From small mishaps came a handy and red-hot industry!

The art of reading tea leaves is called ‘tasseography’, which is believed to have its fortune-telling origins in seventieth century Europe, and involves interpreting the patterns in tea leaves left after you’ve finished drinking your tea.

A heady brew

The health benefits of tea drinking have long been recognised, largely due to tea containing antioxidants, which are compounds that retard oxidation. In the body these antioxidants can 'soak up' free radicals – unstable substances which can disrupt biochemical processes in the body, and have been implicated in cancer and heart disease.

Scientists have also found that the antioxidants in green tea extract can increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, boosting exercise endurance. And because tea contains caffeine, (though around half that of coffee), yet still has the ability to hydrate us, it can make for the perfect post-workout pick me up.

Tea bags can also be used to take the puffiness out of your eyes, reduce dark circles and even help treat some minor eye irritations – just remember to let the tea bags cool before putting them on your face… 

A little me time

While the traditional idea of hot tea with milk and sugar is still the number one choice for many, herbal, green and fruit teas are gaining traction.

Fuze Tea is a perfect example. It’s an awesome fusion of fruit juice, botanicals and tea extracts, creating a multi-layered iced tea that tastes so refreshing, and so relaxing, that you’ll soon forget about everything around you in favour of some much-needed ‘me time.’

Fuze Tea is available in two delicious flavours: Mango Chamomile blend, which includes green tea extracts, and Peach Hibiscus variant, which includes black tea extracts.

What’s more, as we continue to improve and enhance all our products, Fuze Tea is now made with tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea producers. This guarantees sustainable agriculture, conservation of natural resources and the well-being of the local community and employees. Our packaging is also 100% recyclable, just like every bottle and can for all of our drinks. 

Has National Tea Day given you a thirst to find out more about Fuze Tea? You can check out our range of the perfect fusion drinks here.