I don’t know who researches these things but apparently enough tea is drunk annually to reach to the Moon and back 12 times!
For a few years my preferred hot drink was hot water but, unless I’m at work out of the house, I’ve gone back to tea and when I’m at home can have several mugs a day in cold weather. As an aside, I’ve never drunk coffee except once, by accident, when I was too young and polite to say anything, yeuch (love the smell of it brewing though).
a stranger uses
– Nola Borrell, 2nd place, Katikati Haiku Contest, 2006
my teacup cooling
on the windowsill,
dark leaves of the magnolia
– Richard von Sturmer, Suchness: Zen poetry and prose (HeadworX, Wellington 2005)
the time it takes to lose a street
– Ben Moeller-Gaa, an editor’s choice in The Heron’s Nest, XV:2 (2013)
Ben is an American writer of haiku who prefers “an Irish Breakfast with just enough milk to turn the dark mug gold”. My favourite tipple is Lady Grey, weak and black, thanks. According to the link, I must have some Scandinavian blood because I too find Earl Grey bitter.
And, of course, we couldn’t have a posting about tea without something from “little cup of tea” himself, Issa.
na no hana ni yotsu no naru made asa cha kanaamid
till the ten o’clock bell …
– translated by David Lanoue and from his Haiku of Kobayashi Issa website
Read more about tea in Japan here.