Drinking Tea in India


In a recent study commissioned by the Tea Board of India, Maharashtra has emerged as the Indian state that consumes the most tea.

West Bengal (home to Darjeeling and the Dooars) and Assam — India’s largest tea producing states — ranked 9th and 14th respectively.

India consumes about 755.52 million kilos of tea, which equates to about 0.7 kg per capita. Contrast that with the UK at 2.3, Ireland at 1.5, and a fast growing US* nipping at their heels with 0.2kg per capita (the comparisons are not necessarily very accurate since they are based on 2002 data, and presumably the India per capita number is more recent).

*Edit: According to the USDA, US tea consumption was about .78 lbs per capita in 2005 (or 0.35 kg).

Here’s another (albeit outdated) link about global tea consumption.

There was supposed to be a point to this post — but I’ve lost it with all these silly statistics. Oh yes, Maharashtra is India’s top tea consumer. Makes sense, considering it is the second most populous state in the country and the erstwhile home of the Great Ganesha.

4 Responses to “Drinking Tea in India”

  1. interesting stats. the tea consumption probably dropped by a small but significant amount after i left! which reminds me, i need to replenish my stock.

    suggestion: you should have an auto-update feature on the store. at a preset, user-defined time (for me: every 2-3 months or so) after an order is placed, you should send out an auto-generated email that enables one-click ordering. what do you think?

  2. I’ve been thinking long and hard about implementing a feature like this. Rest assured it’s on the wish-list and won’t get lost. Perhaps in Q3….maybe sooner.

    Replenish away! (manually in the meantime πŸ™‚

  3. Well,

    This seems to be a great meeting place for tea lovers in general? A’m i wrong?

    I’ve been a tea lover since my childhood and being an indian i would love to consume gallons of tea in a day πŸ™‚

    I almost drink 5 to 6 cups of tea on a daily basis and its not just me. Millions of indians also do that. May be that’s the reason why we indians stay away from cancers and other heart related diseases inspite of heavy consumption of tobacco. Anyway, i would like to discuss more on this topic with you guys.

    Thanks and ttyl.

  4. What kind of wp template are you using

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