South Africa is 11th greatest cuppa drinking nation in the world

2014-01-22 00:00

IT is not the English who drink the most tea in the world, nor is it the Chinese.

Turks drink the most tea per person in the world. Even the former British colonies cannot match the Turkish for their tea habit.

This is because it is considered polite to offer a client a small glass of hot tea and a cube of sugar before sitting down to talk, well, turkey on the price of whatever the client wants to buy.

According to statistics from global market researchers Euromonitor International, the Turks use just over three kilograms of tea leaves per person per year.

The second place in tea consumption stakes goes to Ireland, where the nation goes through about two kilograms of tea per person per year.

The Brits are third, with 1,9 kilograms per year, followed by New Zealand, where each Kiwi drinks on average 1,19 kilograms of tea in a year. Over the Tasman Sea in the much hotter Australia, the Aussies use only 700 grams of tea per year.

In India, the residents drink even less tea — 324 grams per year, earning India the 27th spot in the global tea stakes.

As a country, China drinks the most tea, 800 000 tons, but per head the Chinese use just over 500 grams of tea per year, earning them only 19th place.

By comparison South Africans on average drink about 800 grams of tea a year, ranking our thirst for a cuppa 11th in the world.

The land that drinks the least tea is Mexico, where the citizens only use 15 grams of tea leaves per year. But that is understandable, as the ancient culture’s recipe books advise a hot bowl of champurrado for breakfast — basically a chocolate-shake made with water and maize flour instead of milk — lots of iced mint tea during the day and, of course, tequila by night. Who needs fermented tea leaves amid all this?

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