For years now, I’ve wanted to explore the history of tea in America. Quite a few books have been written about the history of tea throughout the world, and in reading them, I've always found myself searching for any snippets of information about the enjoyment of tea in this country since its founding. This new Saturday series will give me the opportunity to delve into tea history a bit more, and since this is an election year, I thought it might be fun to focus on tea in each and every state of the union.
“My Country, ’Tis of Tea” will hopefully give focus to my research on tea in America. I’m fairly confident that I can find something to say about tea in each and every state.
Next week, I’ll be starting with Alabama. My goal is to learn at least three things related to tea in each state. Maybe it will be about a famous tea room in the state—or that used to be in the state. Maybe it will be about tea consumption or tea production in the state. Maybe it will be about some oddball tea party once held in the state. Who knows where this will lead? That, to me, will be the fun part!
If there’s something about your state’s tea history I should be aware of, by all means, send me an email via the email button at right. I welcome your input!
Meanwhile, here are a few facts about modern-day tea in America to help us kick things off.
• On any given day, more than 158 million Americans drink tea.
• In 2014, Americans consumed more than 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.6 billion gallons.
• Regionally, the South (yippee!) and the Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.
— Source: Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc.
I hope that whets your appetite for more tea lore in the coming year!