Five TEA-riffic fun facts

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Tea > Coffee

So even though I love coffee, I must admit my heart really belongs to tea. My day just isn’t complete without some type of tea.

My love of tea really flourished when I started working at Starbucks. I never realized that there were so many different types or forms of tea. I used to just be a sweet tea type of girl, but my love for tea has spread to hot teas, tea lattes and bubble tea. Let’s just say since I did my post about La Tea, I’ve become a very loyal customer…

For this post I thought I would share some fun facts about tea because there’s actually a lot more to it than tea bags and water.

1. Da-Hong Pao is the rarest and most expensive tea.

Industry Leaders Magazine reported in 2016, “Original Da Hong Pao tea costs more than 30 times its weight in gold. A single gram is almost $1,700, or over $12,000 for a pot and almost $1.2 million for each kg.”

$12,000 is about $2,000 shy from tuition for a year at Purdue (for an Indiana resident).  

They also reported, “According to Chinese tea master Xiangning Wu, Da Hong Pao is the world’s rarest tea. There are hardly any original Da Hong Pao trees left, and the varieties that grow are perched on a high rock on Wuyi Mountain on temple land under constant armed guard.”

I wouldn’t want to mess with that guard. 

2. You know how you’re suppose to drink wine with certain foods? This applies to tea too. There are now tea sommeliers that pair tea with meals. NPR describes what a tea sommelier does and lists a bunch of tea and food pairings here.

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Photo credit: NPR.org

3. Bubble tea has become increasingly popular recently (especially at Purdue!) The Purdue Exponent  interviewed Diem Nguyenho in March 2016 for this article and she told them,

“A few years ago, Nguyenho said the only places that offered bubble tea at all were Basil Thai, Echo Karaoke, Green Leaf and the underground Latea, the last of which used to be delivery-only. Nowadays, she’s observed a “massive” boba expansion concentrated in the area, focused on catering to college students.”

4. According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A Inc., “In 2015, Americans consumed well over 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.6 billion gallons. About 85% of all tea consumed was Black Tea, 14% was Green Tea, and the small remaining amount was Oolong, White and Dark.”

They also have a ton of other cool information about tea consumption in the U.S. on their factsheet.

5.  According to this NPR article, iced tea didn’t become popular until the 1800s and even later for the southern states. 

I was in Boston a few weeks ago and got the chance to reenact the Boston Tea Party. Tea was clearly a big deal back then, but who would of thought iced tea wasn’t a thing quite yet. 

If you were living in a southern state, ice wasn’t exactly available at your house or local Pay Less 😉 


If this post made you crave tea here are my Starbucks tea recommendations (Starbucks uses all Teavanna teas):

  • Plain hot tea: Teavanna’s Pinapple Kona: So tropical and refreshing!
  • Tea latte: London Fog: Vanilla syrup, milk, and Teavanna’s Earl Grey Tea. I get it with soy because the soy milk that Starbucks uses is vanilla flavored. It’s also really good iced!
  • Green tea option: Green Tea Frappuccino: Blended matcha powder, whole milk, and ice. Sweetener is optional.
  • Tea lemonade: Passion Tea with lemonade and classic syrup: Doesn’t even taste like tea and passion tea is decaffeinated.

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