Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

April 7, 2015 10:45 PM

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

A Hindu servant serves tea to a European colonial woman in the early 20th century. The British habit of adding tea to sugar wasn't merely a matter of taste: It also helped steer the course of history.

Coffee and tea both landed in the British isles in the 1600s. In fact, java even got a head start of about a decade. And yet, a century later, tea was well on its way to becoming a daily habit for millions of Britons — which it remains to this day.

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