Why do the British drink tea instead of coffee?

Why do the British drink tea instead of coffee?

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  1. No.
    There are no health benefits in drinking either tea or coffee. Coffee does contain twice the amount of caffeine than tea. The British are, however, not the top tea drinkers in the world.
    The top tea drinkers in the world based on the amount drunk per capita are
    United Kingdom
    New Zealand

  2. Not really. It’s one of the myths constantly propagated by this website. As long as I can remember ( since the early 1970s ) there is an approximate 50/50 split in UK people regarding preference for tea or coffee. Most noticably, over the last 15 years, younger people who drink neither.

  3. Why do the English drink comes tea than coffee?
    Perhaps you might like to rewrite your question in intelligible English.
    If, however, you are somehow trying to ask why British people drink more tea than coffee, we don’t. Coffee consumption has outstripped tea consumption by about 2:1 for a number of years.

  4. I’d say most caffeine lovers drink both. I NEED at least one coffee a day, but will enjoy a fair few cups of tea throughout the day.
    It’s not an either / or.
    The country is saturated with coffee shops on every corner. A bit like the motorist v cyclist v pedestrian debates always overlook the fact that a lot of us are actually all three at different times.

  5. We were on a cruise ship a couple of years ago, and the waiter came to the table asking who wanted coffee. The Americans at the table with us were obviously astounded when we said Yes Please!
    They obviously thought we drink nothing but tea.
    Personally I drink tea:coffee in about the ratio 3:2 (but not in the same cup!)
    Tend to use instant coffee, but coffee bags or ground for special cuppas.
    Tea from the ship’s drinks machines was awkward, the components for a cuppa were in the wrong order! Or we had to fight against the direction of any queue.
    And the colour code for milk was quite different, even the vocabulary.


  6. It is not.
    Today coffee is more popular in the UK. Both in terms of establishments, and in terms of beverages sold in supermarkets.
    Britain now a nation of coffee drinkers as tea sales plunge
    Tea became a popular beverage in the UK in the 17th Century, when trade with Asia brought tea and other items.
    But coffee has steadily grown in popularity. Tea drinking is now associated with older people. (Apart from cool artisanal teas.)
    The Lyon’s corner Tea Houses have all closed their doors. Today, the UK High St is filled with Starbucks, Costa and Cafe Nero.

    Why do the British drink tea instead of coffee?

  7. I don’t think one can generalize like that, but a majority of them will prefer tea over coffee including me. I think the main reason could be the soothing aroma and flavour that this refreshing drink offers and not to forget the health benefits as well. Tea would be my second favourite after water and I have them like 2 pots in a day on any normal day.


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  9. I’d say tea is still no1 BUT coffee is coming close, for me I drink more coffee out of my home but In doors I’m a tea drinker.
    I make my favourite tea so that’s why I drink that in doors.

  10. Traditionally it has been tea and it is certainly my favourite stimulant whereas coffee I like but I don’t really get and have have not really got into the coffee culture.
    Coffee drinking is definitely on the rise and rise with independent and global coffee establishments on the rise and rise.

  11. If you mean do more British people drink Tea than Coffee, then yes – but a significant number drink coffee. probably about 66.7% Tea as opposed to 33.3 % Coffee as their main drink of the two. A fair number of British people drink both.

  12. I was working at a company in Pasadena in the 90′s and on the first day in there we did all the introductions then they asked if we wanted a drink, they had bought Earl Grey and English Breakfast especially for us.
    You could see them actually deflate when we all asked for coffee
    I still suspect that most of the people at the start up meeting were only there to watch English people drinking tea

  13. The British drunk coffee before teas and they drunk Chocolate before coffee.
    Tea was more popular because it was taxed at a lesser rate and contained less caffeine than coffee, allowing for it to largely substitute water as an all day thirst quencher.
    Tea made with boiled water was far safer to drink than cold water. Previously a weak brew called small beer was drunk in preference to potentially contaminated water.

  14. A choice, as coffee came later on, are you American??? Meaning you were, British, but coffee, is the go too beverage, due too the caffeine found in the drink!!!
    Well that’s, what I think???

  15. I will go with Robert Charles’ statistics.
    It does not reveal a nation divided into coffee drinkers and tea drinkers. At the office where I work both are available all the time. However, all of us including myself drink coffee in the morning (gets the little grey cells working) then tea at lunch and tea time (keeps the grey cells ticking over nicely without causing any headaches). So that’s one mug of coffee and then two of tea.
    Tea is easier to make than coffee. You just need a kettle, a mug and a teabag or tea infuser. (A teapot is no harder, if several people are having tea).

  16. Speaking for myself, I love both but at different times and for different moods.
    I start my day with tea.
    Mid to late morning a good large cup of coffee is usually had with or without toast depending on activity and mood.
    In the afternoon a pot of tea is usually brewed but some days it …


  17. I wouldn’t like to generalise on this now. 20 or 30 years ago, I would have said, yes, definitely more tea drinkers, but hard to call now.
    If I’m drinking coffee, it’s almost never instant, I like really ‘high octane’ ground coffee so I don’t have it every day.
    However, no way could I get by without several cups of tea during the day. Has to be made in a pot and I use 1 Earl Grey teabag and one ordinary one. I have a different tea mug for each day of the week and some extra ones in case of visitors.
    I am 69 and retired now for many years. When I was working (IT freelancer), lots of places only had machines for hot drinks and the tea was usually worse than the coffee.
    I have really missed visiting my favourite coffee shops during the COVID-19 lockdown, particularly Caffe Nero but I think of it as a treat.

  18. As a student I used to drink more tea than coffee. In fact, as a student, I used to drink more beer than tea… These days I drink coffee more than tea or beer.
    This is partially due to being married to a Canadian who loves her freshly ground coffee. Its also likely down to the fact that we have kids and sometimes dealing / keeping up with them on a daily basis (especially during the Coronavirus lockdown) means something a little stronger than tea is required.
    So my wild days are behind me and I can’t partake of spirits or beers in the morni…

  19. Allegedly so, although everyone I know drinks coffee.
    They even go so far as to question my sexuality when I say I prefer tea to coffee.

  20. We do drink coffee, loads of the stuff! But as a nation, we do tend to drink more tea than coffee but this isn’t unusual.
    Tea is actually the more commonly consumed drink the world over. By volume, tea is the second most commonly consumed drink in the world, after water.
    That being said, you won’t be able to walk more than a “block” or two within a town or city in the UK without passing a Costa (our equivalent of Starbucks), a Cafe Nero (slightly cheaper Starbucks), a pret a manger (slightly more fancy Starbucks) or, even, that’s right, a Starbucks.
    Specifically why Britain drinks so much tea goes back to the days of the british empire, which essentially held the monopoly on the world tea trade. The British Empire was responsible for exporting tea from China to India, where it was cultivated and sold around the world by the east India trading company. Drinking tea became a symbol of wealth and high class in Britain that eventually, as it became cheaper, worked its way down the social ladder and became a staple of british society by around the 18th-19th century. Coffee was already widely known and popular by this time but was also a very expensive luxury.
    Incidentally, coffee bagan to replace tea as the most commonly consumed drink in America during and after the revolutionary war after Britain cut off tea imports to the USA and Americans endeavoured to cast off any habit of their old colonial masters. That habit seems to have survived to this day as coffee is far more widely consumed than tea in the USA. This is also probably due in part to a close proximity to coffee-producing nations, such as Columbia and Costa Rica, as well as large-scale immigration from other coffee-drinking nations, such as Italy, the Latin-American nations and Middle-eastern/Arabic nations.
    So to sum up a rambling answer, while it is true us Brits drink lots of tea, we drink other things in huge volumes too, coffee being one of them.
    Stick the kettle on!

  21. Why is tea so much more popular than coffee in the UK?
    I think it’s a myth that goes back to WW2 when tea was a panacea for everything. In shock? Hot sweet tea. Bad news? Hot sweet tea. High tea? Hot sweet tea. Gossiping ladies, hot sweet tea. I loathe it, I hate the smell and the taste of it. I reluctantly make my husband “builders tea”, a tea bag thrown into a mug until its coloured to look like a 40 a day smokers lungs, dash of milk. Sorted. I do know how to make ” proper tea”, it’s ingrained from birth. I still have my nanny’s brown China teapot.
    Give me coffee, none of this namby pamby skinny latte rubbish with cinnamon that you actually pay for. Ground beans, at home,as strong as possible with not a whiff of milk or sugar.
    That £5 that you’ve paid ?
    multiply that for a month, that’s at least £150, far cheaper to buy a flask.

    Eight O’Clock


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