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A quick look at the history of tea

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How did this traditional English brew earn its place in the hearts of our nation?


We think it’s fair to say that Britain drinks a lot of tea – that’s a pretty well-known fact. But have you ever stopped to think about how this Chinese drink came to be such a popular staple for the nation? Well, we’ve looked into it and created this brief history of our beloved national drink:

According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom has been one of the world’s largest tea-drinking countries since the eighteenth century. Tea was first introduced into the coffeehouses of London around 1660, where it was explained in a pamphlet as ‘ That Excellent, and by all Physicians approved, China drink, called by the ChineseTcha, by other nations Tay alias Tee’. That same year, the British East India Company presented Charles II with two ounces of tea imported from Portugal. Charles’ Portuguese Queen, Catherine of Braganza, soon introduced the ‘act of drinking tea’ and it quickly spread through her court, around the country and then to the English bourgeoisie; becoming a fashionably rich drink.

The middle of the 1700s saw the imports of tea by the British East India Company more than quadruple and people even wondered whether it would replace gin! By 1766 exports of tea by British boats stood at six million pounds, much more than Dutch, Swedish and French imports. Over the 1800s tea prices increased and decreased, and by the 20th century London had become the centre of the international tea trade. With these tea imports came a huge demand for porcelain teacups, dishes and pots; which eventually became popular with tea drinkers of all classes.

So – tea has a great history, it’s our nation’s favourite drink and many of us drink multiple cups of it every day. How do your employees get their tea fix? KLIX coffee vending machines offer tea as an option and are a brilliant way to allow your employees to get a nice cup of cha throughout the day. After all, they’ve said since the 1600s that tea has the ability to revive the spirits!


If you’d like to supply tea easily and quickly to your employees and talk to someone about the options available to you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and we can give you more details on our KLIX drinks vending solution. Call us on: 0800 0323 444 or visit Get A Quote.

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