February 18, 2006


Tea riding wave of coffee craze (Jen Haberkorn, February 18, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

An ancient beverage is making a comeback.

Tea, thought to have been first consumed in China in 2737 B.C., is brewing in teahouses, retail shops, grocery stores and restaurants throughout the country.

Teahouses "were primarily in major metropolitan areas five years ago," said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA, a New York trade group. "They're in towns big and small now."

The group estimates 1,500 to 1,700 tea shops are in the country today, compared with 200 five years ago.

Teahouses are part of the $6.16 billion tea industry, which 15 years ago was a quarter of its current size. Bottled teas, frozen teas and tea bags of traditional black and specialty flavors also are riding a wave of popularity, bolstered by the coffee craze of the 1990s and the increased awareness of tea's health benefits.

Green tea in particular is high in antioxidants, which preliminary studies have found lowers the chances of developing some forms of cancer and arthritis while helping weight loss and strengthening the immune system.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 18, 2006 7:46 AM

tea and toast are the things i like most

Posted by: toe at February 18, 2006 10:15 AM

the example i favor is carthage

Posted by: toe at February 18, 2006 10:30 AM

I've been drinking Green Tea for the past couple of months with breakfast. I get dragged to a lot of greasy spoons first thing in the morning and coffee turns my stomach.

Posted by: Pet at February 18, 2006 12:18 PM

Dragged to a lot of greasy spoons first thing in the morning? Hmm??? pet, more details please.

Posted by: erp at February 18, 2006 1:03 PM

Tip of the day: If you like green tea try drinking it after the meal. Maybe a sip before or during but mostly after.

Posted by: Tom Wall at February 18, 2006 5:12 PM

green tea is much easier on the stomach than black. i drink it sometimes to settle things down.

Posted by: toe at February 19, 2006 1:45 PM