Four reasons why demand for workplace tea endures

By Debbie Nice, Category Director, Facilities Supplies

It looks like the good old British cuppa won’t be disappearing from our workplaces anytime soon.

It was recently revealed that Yorkshire Tea is now the nation’s second favourite cuppa, overtaking Tetley for the first time. The ‘Yorkshire blend for Yorkshire people’ is said to account for nearly a quarter of all tea bought in the UK, with PG Tips still in the top spot as the best-selling tea brand.

Produced in Harrogate by the family firm that founded it 40 years ago, Yorkshire Tea is said to have raised its national profile thanks to increased advertising, an active Twitter account and its sponsorship of the England cricket team.

Whatever your choice of brand, black tea endures as a popular drink in break-rooms and canteens up and down the country. Here are four reasons why workplaces still love to stock up on this refreshing any time of day brew:

1. It inspires devotion

There is something about tea that people love. One factory worker hit the headlines when he changed his middle name in honour of his favourite brew. Nathan Derek Garner is now officially known as Nathan Yorkshire Tea Garner after he took the plunge to change his middle name after workmates joked about his 20 cups of tea a day habit. The concrete factory worker says he has been drinking tea since he was 12 and introduced to Yorkshire Tea by his grandfather.

2. It’s a pick-me-up

Although brewed tea has about half the caffeine of an equivalent volume of coffee, it still delivers enough of a pick-me-up for most people mid-morning or afternoon.

Studies believe the reason for this is an amino acid called theanine, which occurs in tea. When volunteers consumed both caffeine and theanine compared to caffeine and other tea molecules, they showed moderately more alertness and a better ability to switch between tasks than with caffeine alone.

3. Health benefits

When it comes to our health, tea certainly seems to be one of the more positive drink choices. Some reports have linked black and green tea drinking to reducing weight, improving insulin sensitivity and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. This may be largely due to the high levels of polyphenols, in particular flavonoids, which both green and black tea contain, although the exact mechanisms by which increased tea consumption reduces this risk are unknown.

4. De-stressing

The stress hormone that can cause belly fat and make our skin age quicker may spike less when we drink tea. Researchers at UCL believe that tea may make our cortisol levels lower, after finding that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. Study participants who drank black tea four times a day for six weeks were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank fake or placebo tea for the same period.

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