June 26, 2019
A Whistle-Stop Tour of Tea: Cater for Everyone with a Hot Drinks Vending Machine
Did you know that tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water?1 With that in mind you cannot afford not to have tea as an option in your workplace and providing a vending machine could be the perfect solution.
Tea is often thought of as being a quintessentially British drink as we have been drinking it for over 400 years.2 But have you ever wondered how this hot drink is consumed around the world? By providing a hot drinks vending machine for your workplace you can ensure that all tastes are catered for!
In China, drinking tea is taken extremely seriously and their traditional tea ceremony is a very detailed process. Before drinking, you are expected to take in the aromas of the tea then cradling the cup in both hands, sip the tea slowly to savour the flavour not letting go of the cup until finished.2
The fifth biggest tea consumer in the world, Russia are serious about their love of tea! Sweet tea is top of the menu with “brickettes” of sugar being nibbled as the tea is drunk or dunked into the cup instead of being dissolved fully in the tea. Alternatively, jam can also be stirred into tea to give it a fruitier kick.3
Did you know that Turkey is the world’s greatest consumer of tea with a good cuppa being the country’s most popular hot drink?4 In Turkey, tea is drunk strong and black and sharing a good cup of tea is seen as a sign of friendship – with a pot of tea always ready for thirsty guests in homes and workplaces.5
Green tea is the drink of choice in Japan, with tea being the most popular drink.6 In fact it’s so popular that there is an entire day dedicated to their love of green tea! This is celebrated on the first day of spring when the tea leaves are at their freshest and are believed to bring luck to the drinkers.7
In Poland, tea is preferred with a little more zest! A typical cup of tea is usually served black and finished with lemon and sugar and can be drunk throughout the day. Or if looking for a tea with a kick, a Herbata z prądem or “tea with electricity” can be brewed with the addition of alcohol!8
In Morocco, a tea is made from mint and green tea leaves are blended together with sugar. The tea is then served three times over with the flavour varying slightly each time. It is said "The first glass is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is as bitter as death."2
In the USA tea is mostly drank black with 75-80% of tea consumed over ice.9 Iced tea was made popular following the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis when due to the hot summer weather people shunned hot tea in favour of cold, making ice tea a firm favourite with American consumers.10
Do you have colleagues from across the globe? At Lavazza Professional, our office coffee machines offer so much more than coffee! We have a range of teas to accompany our hot drinks vending machines, ensuring that your workforce can enjoy their favourite cuppa throughout the day. Check out our hot drinks vending machines to find the right solution for your workplace and sign up for a free trial today!