January is National Hot Tea Month, and today, Jan 12th. 2017 is officially National Hot Tea Day! We thought we would honor this comforting national day and month by sharing some interesting information about tea and some of our favorite tips and flavors!
So cozy up with your favorite cup and snuggle with your favorite scarf for some tea time inspiration!
Peter F. Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA, shared that "the U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, and the only western nation where tea consumption is growing." The Tea Council of the USA has over 30 countries as members, and here are some interesting facts about some of those member countries and their tea production:
- Japan (Observer member) – is the eighth largest tea producing country in the world. Japan's largest tea production region is Shizuoka Prefecture. Nearly 40 percent of Japanese tea is made there. Visitors to Shizuoka experience breathtaking views, with tea fields everywhere from mountainsides to coastlands. Tea leaves carefully cultivated by farmers are also processed by Japanese tea refiners. The presence of tea refiners is essential to producing high quality Japanese tea products.
- India – is the world's second largest tea producer. India's variety of geographical regions, topography and climate make possible the different types of teas, each with their own distinctive characteristics. This wealth of diversity also makes it possible for India to be a one-stop shop for all types of tea – Black, Green, Oolong, Organic, Bio dynamic, Orthodox, CTC, Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri, Munnar, Kangra, Sikkim, Dooars-Terai, etc.
- Kenya – is the world's third largest producer of tea, and the largest producer of tea in Africa. Currently, Kenya prides itself as one of the world's leading black tea producers. Kenya has about 50 varieties of tea, which are developed to suit the seven tea-growing regions.
- Sri Lanka – is the world's fourth largest producer of tea. Teas originating in Sri Lanka that also conform to strict quality standards determined by the Sri Lanka Tea Board are known as 'Ceylon Tea'. Sri Lanka consists of seven tea-growing regions. Each region has a unique climate and terrain that give the teas of the specific region a distinct character.
- Vietnam – is the world's seventh largest producer of tea. The country is best known for green teas, but also produces Black, White and Oolong teas. Lotus tea, a green tea flavored with the scent of lotus flowers, originated in Vietnam.
So how should we honor one of the oldest and most respected drinks of all time? We found this wonderful post from Lindsey Goodwin, a Coffee and Tea Expert, outlining 31 ways to celebrate Hot Tea Month, and here are a few of our favorites to try out during January, the month of new beginnings:
1. Check out the best detox teas and try a few to see what works for you.
9. Savor Japanese green teas like Sencha, Matcha and Gyokuro, which are all high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
18. Explore five easy ways to brew whole-leaf teas.
35. Bake spiced, wintry barm brack (an Irish favorite). In many baking recipes, you can also use brewed tea as a substitute for water or substitute a small amount of Matcha powder for flour.
We'd love to hear some of the fun and creative ways that you all drink or use teas! Leave a comment below in honor of teas everywhere!