Profile America: January Is National Hot Tea Month


Profile AmericaMonday, January 11. In the depths of winter, many Americans find soothing warmth in a cup of hot tea, be it herbal, ginseng, black, green or some exotic specialty blend. Lumped together, this appreciation of the brew underlies January’s National Hot Tea Month. Tea is the only beverage commonly served either hot or iced and in any season. While tea has been consumed for thousands of years, Americans made two important contributions — inventing tea bags and iced tea — both in 1904. Recently, the U.S. has led in the development of ready-to-drink forms of tea in bottles and cans. There are 491 tea and coffee manufacturing establishments in the U.S., employing over 16,000 workers, and doing nearly $12 billion of business annually.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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