France consumes 0.5 lb of tea per capita per year.
While Black tea is the favorite tea in France, Green tea varieties and fruit-infused blends are becoming more popular in recent years.
France does not produce tea, but the country is known for growing aromatic herbs like chamomile, lavender, mint, linden, and lemon verbena which are also used in tea mixes.
History of Tea in France
Tea was introduced into the country in the 18th century by a French trader who traveled to Asia with the goal of importing teas.
At first, French people got to try Green tea, while by the beginning of the 19th-century, Black tea arrived in France and became much more popular due to its unique and robust flavor.
Today, France imports a wide variety of teas, including Rooibos, Oolong, Assam, and Moringa.
Tea Culture in France
French usually drink tea in the afternoon and the most preferred places to share a cuppa with friends are the famous salons de thé.
Tea is commonly served with pastries such as macarons and most people drink their tea without milk.
Adding sugar to the cup is optional. The majority prefer plain tea and some also use tea bags instead of loose-leaf options.
The oldest tea shop in France is active since 1854.
While some people like brewing their blends at home, the French tea culture involves going out and socializing rather than having a quick sip.
Boasting an incredible variety of tea shops, France is one of the most fashionable tea-drinking countries in Europe.
French tea culture is a unique experience of sharing unforgettable moments with family and friends.