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Tea Consumption by Country 2024

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage globally. According to the 2016 report on the per capita tea consumption, Turkey leads the countries drinking the most tea in the world, followed by Ireland, and the United Kingdom, while Russia and Morocco occupy the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Country
Tea Consumption per Capita
Argentina23.34
Paraguay15.71
Uruguay9.32
Turkey3.17
Mauritania3.08
Syria2.27
Brazil2.26
Ireland2.04
Myanmar1.85
Morocco1.81

Tea Consumption In Turkey

Turkey is the largest consumer of tea. According to sources, each Turk consumes approximately 1,300 cups (3.16kg) of tea annually. That translates to 3-4 cups daily, with the number of cups expected to rise to 10 during the freezing winter.

In other words, this beverage forms an integral part of Turkish culture. You can find people taking it in their homes, cafes, Kiraathane (men's social gatherings) and other social groups, including funerals and weddings. The Turks also offer tea as a welcome drink to visitors.

The most common tea type in the country is black tea (cay). However, other tea varieties like rosehip tea (kuşburnu çayı), Linden Flower Tea (ıhlamur çayı), etc. are also gaining traction.

Tea Consumption In Ireland

Rumors have it that Ireland is the second-largest home for alcohol drinkers globally after the Czech republic. However, the country not only comes second in consuming hard drinks, but also tea.

According to sources, average rate of tea consumption is 2.19 kg per year, ranking the country as the second-largest consumer of tea globally, with the loose leaf black tea being the most common in the country.

The tea culture in the country dates back to 200 years ago when English people introduced it into the country as a drink for the rich. Later, the tea became accessible to all Irish people, leading to its mass consumption as natives took it to warm themselves and welcome visitors.

Tea Consumption In The United Kingdom

Coming third on our list is the United Kingdom, with a per capita tea consumption of 1.94kg per year. The tea was introduced in the country by the Dutch in late 1650, who could ship green tea from China and later from India through the Dutch East India Company.

Immediately after its introduction into the country, only royals could afford the beverage as the high taxation on tea resulted in high prices. The high custom tax led to escalated levels of tea smuggling, which was later slashed to 12.5% in 1783 when William Pitt the Younger became the prime minister.

The reduced customs tax on tea made it accessible to all Britons, leading to its mass consumption. The commonly used tea types in the United Kingdom include black tea, flavored tea, Earl gray, chamomile tea and peppermint tea.

Tea Consumption In Russia

Russia ranks fourth on our list with a per capita tea consumption of 1.38kg.

The introduction of tea in Russia dates back to 1630 when the Chinese ambassador gifted Aleksey Mikhailovich of Russia with tea, in an attempt to secure trading relations with Russia.

Later in the same year, the two countries entered into a trading deal, and that's how tea spread to Russia. Today, tea is a national drink in Russia due to its popularity. Russians would take it throughout the day, and they prefer it sweet, strong, and sometimes served with lemon, mint or fruit jam.

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Country
Tea Consumption per Capita (kg)
Tea Consumption (1k tons)
Argentina23.341,055
Paraguay15.71112
Uruguay9.3232
Turkey3.17267
Mauritania3.0814
Syria2.2740
Brazil2.26480
Ireland2.0410
Myanmar1.85100
Morocco1.8167
Gambia1.734
Macau1.701
Hong Kong1.6813
Libya1.6511
United Kingdom1.63111
Iran1.56131
Chile1.5329
Taiwan1.5236
Qatar1.494
Oman1.447
Vietnam1.41137
Kazakhstan1.3926
Kuwait1.386
Azerbaijan1.3314
Seychelles1.27
Bahrain1.262
China1.251,802
Saudi Arabia1.2042
Kyrgyzstan1.117
Denmark1.116
Malta1.11
Mauritius1.091
Laos1.048
Mozambique1.0332
Uzbekistan1.0134
Iraq0.9433
Pakistan0.93205
Malaysia0.9330
Botswana0.922
Russia0.91133
India0.901,247
Barbados0.90
Thailand0.8761
Jordan0.849
Egypt0.7273
Iceland0.72
New Zealand0.713
Georgia0.713
Japan0.7088
Yemen0.6720
Mongolia0.672
Cameroon0.6517
Fiji0.641
Tajikistan0.636
United Arab Emirates0.626
Belize0.62
Tunisia0.607
Papua New Guinea0.575
Eswatini0.571
Maldives0.56
Burundi0.536
Lesotho0.521
Bangladesh0.5184
Australia0.5113
Belarus0.515
Netherlands0.509
Belgium0.506
Poland0.4818
Lebanon0.473
Sudan0.4620
United States0.45149
Tanzania0.4225
Mali0.429
Namibia0.421
Luxembourg0.42
Canada0.4015
Afghanistan0.3915
Ukraine0.3917
Senegal0.396
Bhutan0.38
Indonesia0.3698
Niger0.369
Latvia0.361
Guyana0.36
Algeria0.3515
Sweden0.354
Switzerland0.353
South Africa0.3420
Nepal0.3310
Guinea0.324
Austria0.323
Estonia0.32
Bahamas0.31
Trinidad and Tobago0.28
North Macedonia0.271
Solomon Islands0.27
Nauru0.27
Germany0.2521
Burkina Faso0.255
Norway0.251
France0.2416
Lithuania0.241
Suriname0.24
New Caledonia0.24
Cyprus0.23
Samoa0.23
Armenia0.201
Grenada0.20
Greece0.192
Timor Leste0.19
French Polynesia0.19
Finland0.181
Turkmenistan0.171
Spain0.168
Portugal0.162
Israel0.161
Sri Lanka0.153
Hungary0.151
Montenegro0.15
South Sudan0.142
Romania0.132
Bulgaria0.131
Slovakia0.131
Gabon0.13
El Salvador0.121
Vanuatu0.12
Costa Rica0.111
Slovenia0.11
Italy0.106
Zambia0.102
Croatia0.10
Peru0.093
Ethiopia0.089
Panama0.07
Albania0.07
Philippines0.066
Sierra Leone0.06
Liberia0.06
Kiribati0.06
Ghana0.052
Ecuador0.051
Togo0.04
Colombia0.031
Malawi0.031
Chad0.03
Guatemala0.031
Cambodia0.03
Nicaragua0.03
Bosnia and Herzegovina0.03
Antigua and Barbuda0.03
Dominica0.03
Saint Kitts and Nevis0.03
Nigeria0.024
Mexico0.023
Angola0.021
Haiti0.02
Dominican Republic0.02
Guinea Bissau0.02
Saint Lucia0.02
Madagascar0.01
Benin0.01
Honduras0.01
Serbia0.01
Comoros0.01
Sao Tome and Principe0.01
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines0.01
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Which country drinks the most tea?

The country that drinks the most tea is currently Turkey. Ireland, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Morocco are also countries that have a high tea consumption rate.

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