Teenagers love drinking tea. There are a lot of reasons to love tea that don’t only apply to teenagers, and some that are more unique to teens.
- The taste: Tea is quite delicious, especially once you find your favorite style. Some tea brands like Davids will add dried fruits and other flavors to the tea.
- The culture: There’s a whole hobby and culture at play with tea, too. Loose leaf tea has been gaining popularity in North America for a while now, but people in other parts of the world have been enjoying it for much longer.
- The health benefits: Teas can be made from a number of different ingredients, even though it generally refers to the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Since tea can be made from all sorts of herbs and ingredients, and even regular tea has its own host of potential health benefits, it’s no wonder that people use the right combo of ingredients to make detox teas.
- The social element: Heading to a tea house with some friends is a great way to pass some time without spending a lot of money. There probably aren’t any cafes that don’t sell tea, so even if you want to head to a Starbucks or something like that, you’re covered.
- Not coffee: For a lot of younger people who haven’t developed a taste for coffee, tea is a great alternative that still has a bit of caffeine for a little kick. The caffeine content in tea can vary quite a bit depending on the type of tea, but it’s usually a fair maount less than you would find in the average coffee. So, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, or you just want to drink as much as you want without getting jittery, or you don’t like the stronger bitter taste of coffee, then tea is a great alternative.
Tea Around the World
Let’s go over some of the different ways that teenagers (and people of all age groups) enjoy tea, all around the world.
India: Chai tea is popular in India. It’s an enchanting blend of spices. You can find chai all over the world, including in most Western supermarkets, but it’s just not quite the same as a fresh cup in India.
Britain: Over in the UK, afternoon tea is a common tradition. It involves tea, maybe Earl Grey, and some snacks and small desserts. High tea can get very, very fancy. Think Royalty-fancy. It doesn’t have to be overly stuffy, though, it just depends on where you’re going and what you’re looking for. Some hotels compete to see who can serve the most over-the-top extravagant high tea.
America: As mentioned, it’s only in the last decade or so that loose leaf tea has really started to take off in America, but they’ve had tea traditions before that. Bagged tea is an American creation at the turn of the last century that had many benefits, but often resulted in lower quality teas since the bags could hide broken, damaged, and dusty leaves.
Where are you from? What are your local tea traditions, preferences, options? We would love to learn more and share it with everyone who visits this page! Tea is incredible for bringing people together.