If there's one thing the South is known for, it's our love of sweet tea. While we drink our fair share, tea is actually the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea. We at Community Coffee Company join tea lovers across the U.S. celebrating National Iced Tea Day held annually on June 10.
Steeped in History
It’s said that tea is nearly 5,000 years old and was discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, when as legend goes, some tea leaves accidentally blew into his pot of boiling water. In the 1600’s, tea became highly popular throughout Europe and the American colonies and if you recall The Boston Tea Party, you’ll remember how the product played a dramatic part in the establishment of the United States of America. The U.S. spurred usage of tea after inventing the tea bag and iced tea, both in 1904. By the First World War, Americans were buying tall glasses, which became commonly known as iced-tea glasses and long spoons suitable for stirring sugar into taller glasses.
Cheers to Good Health
Today, tea comes in different varieties and formats: black, green, herbal, hot, cold, etc. In addition, research shows the drink has numerous health benefits, especially green tea, which is loaded with antioxidants and may lower your risk of certain types of cancers. Tea has no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar and is virtually calorie-free. Human population studies have found that people who regularly consume three or more cups of black tea per day have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Drinking tea has also been linked to higher bone mineral density (BMD) and has been shown to boost bone-building markers and improve muscle mass, both of which may reduce the risk for osteoporosis and fracture. In addition, several studies suggest drinking calorie-free tea may help with weight management.
As tea’s popularity has grown, innovative tea lovers have expanded how this delicious beverage may be enjoyed. Whether you like it hot or cold, tea is the perfect vehicle for a range of ingredients. Lemon has been a long-time favorite, but almost any other fruit can be added such as strawberries, oranges, or kiwi. Some people intensify tea’s flavor by adding lemon or orange zest, or even mixing it with lemonade. Unique sweeteners like honey, stevia, or agave nectar all add distinct flavors. Spices and herbs such as cinnamon, clove, mint, ginger, allspice or star anise can liven up any brew. The English are known for adding milk to their tea, but coconut milk and almond milk are being used by the more adventurous. As you can see, the ways in which you can enjoy your tea are as varied as your imagination.
A New Look for Community® Tea
Just in time for the warm months ahead, Community® tea will soon hit the shelves with a new look. Still the same delicious, high-quality products you know and love, our Family-size and Individual Tea Bags have a fresh, new package design that embodies our Southern heritage and passion for high-quality ingredients. Whether you like it iced, hot, sweet, or with a hint of fruit added, tea makes a refreshing, delicious, healthy drink that’s more popular today than ever.
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