What's the secret of tea's success? There are many reasons why this versatile drink is the first choice for so many people around the world.
Colour and flavour
What makes it so popular? Ask any tea drinker why it's their favourite drink and they're likely to mention a variety of factors – it's thirst-quenching, revitalising, energising, refreshing, relaxing… and lots more.
Tea is made from the fresh green leaves of Camellia sinensis, a small tree native to Asia. Depending on what happens after the leaves are harvested, you can obtain all kinds of different flavours. If heated immediately, the green colour and flavour of the leaves is preserved. If left, then oxidisation occurs, bringing a richer, darker colour and flavour.
What's in, what's out
Tea doesn't just taste great, it has many additional qualities. For example, it's naturally rich in flavonoid antioxidants known as catechins. It is also a great source of fluoride in the diet and is the major dietary source of L-theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid. On the other hand, brewed tea contains on average half the level of caffeine found in a cup of brewed coffee.
Make it part of your daily routine
We all need a certain amount of fluid every day. Tea's great taste and variety makes meeting this requirement enjoyable. When drunk on its own, without milk or sugar, it contains virtually no calories.
Milk, lemon or nothing?
How you drink your tea is up to you, but you will always get a better-tasting drink by using clean utensils, fresh leaves and boiling water. Purists might argue that you should spare the milk and sugar - and drink your tea au naturel.
Leading the world
Lipton, the leading global tea brand, promises natural goodness and a great taste: no wonder so many people trust it as the perfect way to stay refreshed and hydrated. It's one of the only brands with its own tea estates and tea research facilities, employing more than 80 000 people, and is a driving force behind sustainable tea agriculture.