Tea Consumption on the Rise, Rivals Coffee

Even though tea has been around for thousands of years, its evolution has never left it stale.

In fact, tea purchases have been on the rise for 20 consecutive years. Annual supermarket sales have surpassed $2.2 billion, and away-from-home tea consumption has grown by at least 10% a year for a decade, according to the Tea Association of the USA.

The Washington Post reports that approximately 160 Americans drink tea, largely in part to the nutritious benefits it offers. Per-person tea consumption was nine gallons in 2009, up from 7.3 gallons in 1980.

Honey, nature’s sweetener, has been a sweet complement to tea for centuries. There are a multitude of benefits in marrying tea with honey, including soothing the irritation of a cough and providing a quick, all-natural energy boost.

Try out these teas with honey next time you want a naturally-sweetened brew.

Celestial Seasonings’ Sweet Apple Chamomile Herbal Tea. This sweet apple variety combines honey with a natural apple flavor. It is caffeine- and gluten-free, as well as kosher friendly.

Honest Honey Green Tea is gluten-free and USDA organic. The kiss of honey is mixed with green tea leaves, and the tea is packaged in a convenient ready-to-drink bottle.

FUZE Green Tea Honey and Ginseng comes in a one-liter bottle and is packed with Vitamins A, C and E.