The nation’s tea drinking habits revealed…

The nation’s tea drinking habits revealed…


A new UK survey by children’s charity Dreams Come True has revealed that we really are a nation of tea addicts, with each person drinking on average 17 cups of tea a week. Those aged over 55 drink two and a half times the amount of 16-24 year olds. This means the average person drinks 265 litres of tea a year – enough to have three baths full of tea. London drinks the least tea, consuming only two thirds the amount in Northern Ireland, but still manages to spend the most - at an average of £15.94 a month per head (including drinking tea when out). 

The survey, announced to mark the start of children’s charity Dreams Come True’s Dream Tea week, also found that a third of respondents will put the kettle on and make a cup of tea when they feel stressed which shows that people are living by the old adage ‘pop the kettle on to ease life’s problem’.

It seems women’s taste buds are more sophisticated as they drink twice as much herbal tea as men. But it’s men who try to impress the most with tea, with just over 10% admitting they buy special tea to impress guests and have types of tea that they can’t pronounce the name of. 18-24 year olds are the most likely to forget about their tea and let it go cold - twice as likely as 35-44 year olds. 25-34 year olds are more fussy as they are more likely to buy specialist tea. One in eight admit they can't even pronounce the name of the tea they are drinking!

During Dream Tea week (15th-21st June) people are encouraged to host their own afternoon tea event in a bid to raise money for the charity and it is the perfect opportunity to drink plenty of different types of tea.  

Peter Newman, Chief Executive, Dreams Come True, says: “The Dream Tea has a simple goal; to raise money to fulfill the dreams of children and young people with life-limiting conditions. We want to make their dreams come true and create a positive impact not just on the children, but on their mums, dads, brothers, sisters, family and friends.  The power of dream fulfilment on these individuals and families cannot be underestimated. Every single person who organises or takes part in a Dream Tea will be helping to release that power into the lives of some very special children. So do join us - who can say “no” to a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake?”

Dream Tea ambassador and tea expert Malcolm Ferris Lay says: “We are seeing a rise in the popularity of flavoured teas as more people are becoming experimental and looking for healthier alternatives to the ‘builder’s tea’. We are a country that loves tea and we aren’t about to be cutting down anytime soon. It is part of our culture. During Dream Tea week people can share their love of tea and try out the dozens of types out there. I want to encourage people to host their own Dream Tea, and raise as much as possible for an inspiring cause.”

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Author: Hannah Attenburrow

Date: 15/06/2015

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