Pick a side…Tea or Coffee?

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough… to suit me.

– C. S. Lewis

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

-T.S. Eliot

At St Martins, we’ve decided to start a blog to give you a little insight into what goes on here, especially in the life of our Tea Lounge. We get lots of customers passing through the Tea Lounge every week, and you really begin to notice that there really are two types of people in the world: those that champion coffee and those that love a good cup of tea. It’s like the preference between Cadbury and Galaxy chocolate, McDonalds or Burger King, Coke or Pepsi…

Either way, tea and coffee are both amazing in our opinion, and we thought it would be fun to start the blog off with some interesting facts about our cherished beverages!

1)      All About Tea broke the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest tea bag- weighing in at 120 kg it is capable of making 55,000 cups of tea!

2)      65% of the world’s coffee is consumed in America, Germany and France.

3)      After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world.

4)      Al Masaa Cafe in Riyadh is the world’s largest coffee shop, with over 1000 seats!

5)      The tea plant (or Camellia sinensis) is native to the area of East Asia.

6)      With oil in first place, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world.

7)      The Victorians created special moustache guards on their cups to protect your moustache while you were drinking your tea or coffee.

8)      Coffee beans come from a berry, making coffee fruit. These berries can be found on the Coffea plant, which is native to Africa.

9)      80% of the tea drank in America is iced- iced tea rose to popularity at the St Louis World Fair in 1904.

10)   National Coffee Day originated in Japan in 1983.

And on that note, it might be just about time for a tea/coffee/take your pick break…

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