If you love drinking teas and coffees, then I hope you will learn something new from our list of 9 interesting facts all serious tea and coffee drinkers should know…
9 interesting facts all serious tea and coffee drinkers should know
1. How much tea do Brits drink every day? 165 million cups of tea are drank daily in the UK. To help put this number in perspective, the population of the UK is around 64 million. That is a LOT of tea! How many cups do you contribute to this statistic?
2. Tea temperatures:
According to the tea professionals at the Wee Tea Company, certain water temps are recommended for optimum flavour. If the water is too hot, the tea may become more bitter, masking its sweetness. Here is the recommended brewing temps:
black tea: 95c
Green tea: 80c
Oolong tea: 85c
White tea: 70c
3. Did you know, the tea bag was discovered by accident! A New York tea merchant, Thomas Sullivan, sent samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags. Some assumed that these were supposed to be used in the same way as the metal infusers, by putting the entire bag into the pot, rather than emptying out the contents. This was a fortunate accident since nowadays, 96% of the tea brewed daily is from tea bags.
4. Do you put the milk in your cup before or after the tea is poured? Some people are very particular about their tea-making methods. Traditionally, milk was poured into a cup before the tea to protect the delicate china. This is no longer necessary but many people still prefer milk first.
5. Teas vs infusions. What is the difference? Technically, all tea is derived from the plant, Camellia sinensis. These teas include black, oolong, green, and white. Herbal “teas” such as peppermint, nettle, chamomile, etc. are really infusions. The herbs are steeped in water just like tea, but they don’t come from the tea plant. It is common to find blends that include tea and infusions.
6. Did you know coffee contains a number of micronutrients? A 100ml cup of black coffee contains Potassium (92mg), magnesium (8mg), manganese (.05mg), and ribolfavin (.01mg). Check out the following website for more info about coffee and health.
7. The two species of coffee we consume are arabica and robusta (canephora). 70% of the world consumes arabica coffee, which is more mild. Only 30% drinks robusta, which is bitter in taste but contains 50% more caffeine.
8. You should never order your milk based coffee drinks “extra hot.” There is a ton of science involved in coffee and the steaming of milk for milk based drinks is no exception. A properly steamed milk will have a rich velvety texture that is naturally sweet. When costumers request to steam the milk longer to get a hotter temperature, the natural sugars of the milk begin to breakdown losing some of the sweetness and changing the texture of the milk. Instead of rich and velvety, you get thin and dry.
9. Coffee is second most traded commodity on earth. Oil is the first.
Source of tea facts were found at: http://weeteacompany.com/index.php/