Tea is a big competitor when it comes to caffeinated (and non-caffeinated) hot beverage popularity in the world, coming up close with coffee’s production and industry height. In fact, tea is a part of a $10 billion industry. This drink has so many uses both in hot and cold forms, from helping with sleep and relaxation to uplifting your spirits to preventing common ailments and more. You probably know of at least one or two types of tea off the top of your head, like maybe spearmint, green tea, chamomile, and more.
But what ones are the most popular in the world? Here’s your answer on the most popular teas in the world out of the many types that you can make or purchase anywhere.
A type of black tea, Indian tea Darjeeling is considered probably the most popular strain of tea in the whole world. This is because it has a pretty neutral flavor and can be used for almost any purpose of drinking tea, and because black teas are generally the most common ones across any region. Black tea requires a great deal more processing than any other kind, but produces a rich and smooth flavor that many people quite like over any other option.
Matcha, or green tea, is a much less processed tea that has been shown to have many useful antioxidants and nutrients still within its leaves from how it is preserved for use. Green tea has a much lighter flavor and is enjoyed for its health benefits and easier flavor compared to black tea and other types. Matcha is a powdered version of this tea found and used worldwide, particularly in Japanese culture. It also concentrates these beneficial ingredients even more than the leaves.
Earl grey tea is particularly popular in England, which makes it pretty heavily consumed worldwide because of how much tea is consumed in this one country compared to anywhere else. It’s created using a blend of black teas with a citrus fruit called bergamot added to it, which creates a smoky but also light and citrus-noted flavor. Most people drink this tea with just lemon or as is to enjoy the depth of its flavor notes.
Most popular in China, jasmine tea is served and enjoyed all across the world in Chinese-based restaurants as well as in tea-drinking culture in China itself. It’s most enjoyed because of how light the flavor can be on your palette, which makes the tea enjoyable any time of day and in almost any usage. Jasmine tea is made with any type of tea but jasmine petals are added to flavor whatever tea is used and create the specific flavor profile from this drink.
Herbal teas have their own heavy uses and popularity worldwide, in medicine and in everyday drinking. Chamomile is popular for its calming properties, ease of creation, and gentle flavor. This can be made from the chamomile plant itself or adding its plant to other tea blends or types, and since chamomile can be grown a lot more commonly many people prefer this tea for making at home. There are also many unique benefits to drinking herbal teas like chamomile.
Drinking tea can be associated with socialization, wellness, relaxation, warming up from the cold, and more. It has so many benefits to your mind and body as well as to the world’s connectivity. If you drink tea, you may have something in common with someone all the way across the world from you. It’s such a truly interesting topic to learn about, especially when you think of the bigger picture like in this case and learn more about how tea is used in different regions or what is most popular worldwide.
Even if you don’t drink tea, you can probably learn something interesting about how one drink can be commonplace in many different cultures and regions. Maybe this is your sign to try tea for the first time, or make yourself another cup.