Tea was first brought to Britain by the East India Company in the early 17th century. It is a valuable product, used only by the rich, and is often locked with a key.
Since the 18th century, the Britain has been one of the world's largest consumers of tea, with an annual per capita supply of 1.9 kg. The British Empire played an important role in spreading tea from China to India. British interests controlled the production of tea on the subcontinent. Tea, a drink of the upper echelons of the European continent, has been an infusion of every social class in Britain throughout the 18th century. Tea is a prominent feature of British culture and society.
Catherine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II, introduced the Royal Court to the habit of drinking tea and the habit of drinking by nobles. Thomas Twining opened the first women's teahouse in 1717, and slowly, throughout England, teahouses began to appear, so that everyone could drink tea. During the Time of the British Empire in India, the British developed their love of tea.
Twinings Tea created its logo in 1787 and is still in use today, considered the world's oldest trademark and has been in use since its inception. Stephen Twining, led by Associated British Foods, has now represented the company's 10th generation since 1964. In 2006, Twinings held a special tea party and caddies to celebrate its 300th anniversary. Twining's is the holder of the Royal Warrant (appointed by HM Queen).
In 2003, DataMonitor reported that consumption of regular tea in the UK was falling. Between 1997 and 2002, purchases of ordinary tea bags in the UK fell by 10.25 per cent. Sales of ground coffee also fell over the same period. In contrast, Britons drink healthy drinks such as fruit or herbal tea, which increased by 50 per cent between 1997 and 2002. Another surprising statistic is that sales of decaffeinated tea and coffee have fallen even faster than sales during this period. More common varieties. The decline in tea sales coincides with an increase in espresso sales. Despite this, tea is still a very popular drink and is still rooted in British culture and society.