Mexico consumes 0.03 lb of tea per capita per year.
Although this tourist hotspot annually produces around 6 million tonnes of tea, most of it is for export purposes.
Mexican people mostly cultivate and consume hibiscus tea, as well as horchata.
History of Tea in Mexico
Mexicans love drinking tea. Various medicinal herbs and flowers have been part of their tea tradition for millenniums.
Their tea-drinking rituals have nothing to do with the Spanish conquistadors, as Mexican people grow hibiscus in every corner of the country.
The import of Asian teas is still not a big thing in the Mariachi paradise, as the local people stick to their own flavors and traditions.
Tea Culture in Mexico
The most favorite tea in Mexico since always is the hibiscus tea, made of dried petals of the hibiscus flower.
The name of this tea in Mexico is ‘Agua de Jamaica’ (Water from Jamaica).
It’s common to serve the hibiscus tea cold, alongside popular Mexican dishes such as BBQ tacos, traditional Mexican tostadas, or fried avocado fish tacos.
Iced hibiscus tea always includes sugar and lemon, but some people prefer it plain and hot.
‘Agua de Jamaica’ is served anywhere from fancy restaurants to neighborhood food joints, and people also make it at home, keeping it in jars in the freezer.
An average adult Mexican drinks at least one glass of iced tea per day.