Tea-riffic Trends in Tea

Don’t leave tea—a wildly popular beverage—off the menu.

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage globally, second only to water—and in 2012, Americans consumed 79 billion servings of tea. Tea is versatile—it can be served hot or cold, caffeinated or decaffeinated—but it is also known for its great health benefits.

Studies have found that tea helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. It also heightens mental alertness—which makes it the perfect beverage offering for any meeting or event.

Top Trends in Tea

Herbal Tea: Often called “herbal infusion,” herbal teas are not actually made from tea leaves—they are often made from dried fruits, herbs or flowers.

Loose Leaf Tea: Lighten up your meeting’s carbon footprint by using loose leaf tea. Tea bags not only absorb tea oils (and some of the tea flavor), but also use energy to manufacture and dispense.

Iced Tea: In the U.S., 85 percent of the tea that’s consumed is iced tea. Opting for iced tea is a refreshing option during meeting breaks or meals.

Green Tea: Green tea is the most popular of all teas globally. It can be kept simple and traditional or paired with dried fruit or flowers to create scented and flavored varieties.

Chai Tea: Chai combines black tea with a variety of herbs and spices, like ginger, cardamom, clove and black pepper. Chai tea is currently making waves in pop culture thanks to Oprah and Starbucks, which recently launched Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea.