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January 02, 2019

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Now that we are well into winter of 2019 it might be comforting to curl up with a few warm, steamy tea facts.

According to legend, tea was discovered in 2737 B.C. by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung, known as the "Divine Healer." Purportedly, he discovered the beverage when tea leaves accidentally blew into his pot of boiling water.

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China is the world's largest producer of tea. In 2009, China produced 1,359,000 tonnes; India was second with 979,000 tonnes.

Britain is the second-largest nation of tea drinkers per capita. Ireland is the first.

The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year.

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The United States invented both the tea bag and iced tea in 1904. Many tea lovers consider the tea bag as one of the worst inventions of the 20th century. Tea brewed with loose tea is generally considered to be richer than tea made from bags.

The most expensive tea in the world is a rare Chinese tea called Tieguanyin, which is around $1,500/lb. The tea is named after the Buddhist deity Guan Yin (Iron Goddess of Mercy). It is an oolong tea.

Historically, tea has been viewed as a health drink. Recent studies suggest that tea, especially green tea, helps reduce some forms of cancer, helps bad breath, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduces blood pressure, helps with weight control, kills bacteria and virus, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and has neuroprotective power.

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