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The History of Tea in the USA

The history of tea in the United States stretches back to the early days when #tea was a popular beverage among the colonists. Over the centuries, tea has played a central role in American culture, and remains one of the most popular drinks throughout the United States today!

The first tea party

The first recorded instance of sipping tea in the United States was in 1647, in what was then called New Amsterdam, or present-day New York City. A group of Dutch settlers brewed a pot of tea from leaves that they had brought with them from the Netherlands. Most likely, the group was enjoying black tea for this first tea party, which was the most popular type of tea in Europe at the time.

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In the decades that followed, tea became increasingly popular among the colonists and was often served at social gatherings and special occasions. It was particularly favored in the colonies along the East Coast, where it was imported from Europe and Asia via the busy port cities of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

The famous tea party

One of the most famous events in American tea history was the Boston Tea Party, which took place in 1773. This protest was a response to the British government's decision to impose a tax on tea, which was a major source of revenue for the colonies. In protest, a group of colonists dressed as Native Americans boarded British ships in Boston Harbor and threw their cargo of tea into the water.

After the American Revolution, tea continued to be an important part of American culture. In the early 19th century, it was still primarily imported from Europe and Asia, but domestic production began to emerge, with the first commercial tea plantation in the United States being established in South Carolina in 1848.

American's annual tea consumption is over 80 billion servings!

The diversified tea party

Over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, tea continued to evolve in the United States. New types of tea, such as green tea and oolong tea, were introduced, and the popularization of iced tea led to the creation of new flavors and blends. In the late 20th century, the rise of specialty tea shops and the popularity of loose-leaf tea helped further to expand the market for high-quality, artisanal teas.

cakes and tea pot on modern table

Today, tea remains one of the most popular drinks in the United States, with Americans consuming over 80 billion servings of tea each year. It is available in a wide range of flavors and varieties, from traditional black teas to exotic herbal blends. And while it may have had a rocky start in the country, tea has become an integral part of American culture and history.

Thirsty for more?

The #teaexperts at Hula Consulting are honored to help with your tea business' needs! We are here to assist with your tea regulatory, compliance, custom tea blending, sourcing ingredients, co-packing and more, please email or call 561.600.7025 for pricing and samples. We look forward to discussing your tea business with you!

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