15 Weirdly Interesting Facts About Tea

    Did you know that tea has more caffeine than coffee?

    1. There are around 3,000 different types of tea.

    2. Mint tea isn't actually a tea – it's an infusion.

    3. Tea has more caffeine than coffee – but it's not as simple as that.

    4. The practice of putting milk in first is to do with social class – not taste.

    5. Tea was so valuable in the 18th century that it was kept in a locked chest – which we now call a tea caddy.

    6. As tea was so expensive, it was often cut with other additives.

    7. These additives included twigs, sawdust and sheep dung.

    8. You should never use boiling water for tea as you'll burn the leaf.

    9. Teabags were invented in the early 1900s.

    10. Earl Grey tea was named after the actual Earl Grey.

    11. Black tea can affect iron absorbtion.

    12. Darjeeling is know as the "Champagne of tea" – as like Champagne, it all comes from one specific region.

    13. Tea is a diurectic – it makes you need to urinate.

    14. The London Tea Auction ran for 300 years. According to the BBC, "by the 1950s a third of all the world's tea was bought through the auction."

    15. There is a British standard for the perfect cup of tea.