this 2015 publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. If you're a tea geek as well (and hey, I know I'm not the only one here), I think you'll find this most interesting!
Flip on over to page 6 in the booklet, and you'll see that tea consumption, measured in thousand tons, increased greatly in the US from 2009 to 2010, jumping from 108.2 thousand tons to 123.8 thousand tons. The number went up again in 2011, dipped in 2012, and in 2013 was at the highest level yet, 127.4 tons. I'm happy we're consuming more tea in this country, but I do wish I knew *why* we're drinking more tea. (Better publicity? Health benefits? "Downton Abbey" influence?)
And on page 8, I was intrigued to learn that while both black tea and green tea production are expected to increase, green tea production is expected to grow at a faster rate. There's lots more to ponder in this intriguing report, and I'm just pleased that tea production is so important that a group within the United Nations deems it worthy of study!