Do Tea Drinkers Prefer Milk? Results from a Poll of U.S. Tea Drinkers

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Almost 70% of tea drinkers use milk when having a cup of tea, indicates a poll by, an Internet tea retailer. polled 219 tea drinkers and found that 69% use milk in tea and 31% prefer tea without milk.

The high percentage preferring milk reflects the British influence on tea and on US tea drinkers. Tea with milk first became popular in England in the 17th century. Tea drinkers thought porcelain cups would crack if tea was poured directly into the cups, so cold milk was added first.

Some tea drinkers prefer lemon, which was introduced in England by Queen Victoria.

Other then water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. In the US, tea ranks as the 6th most popular beverage.

For the past several years, tea has experienced a resurgence. “Whether it is black, green, red or white, tea is full of antioxidants and very healthy. For example, red tea, or Rooibos, helps reduce nausea and white tea may prove to be even healthier than green tea,” said Heidi Klingele, VP of Tea and Health at is an Internet retailer of fine teas from around the world. offers tea from England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Russia, US, Sri Lanka and other countries. specializes in tea and tea accessories. For more information, visit

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