We never thought we'd get many responses by asking one little question on our Facebook page, but we recently learned how passionate our fans are about tea.
And as Martha Stewart would say, that's a good thing.
"What's your number one reason for drinking tea?" we asked recently on Facebook, and 29 of our fans piped up to give us their answers. That's without even a prize being offered for feedback — sorry to sound jaded, but some of us former journalists don't do anything without the potential for free stuff.
Well, when we informally tallied up the responses, you know what's weird? The top answers completely contradict each other. Our fans either love that tea is calming/soothing/relaxing, or that tea has caffeine so it perks them up just enough during a drowsy afternoon, or when they're supposed to be studying (good luck on your exams, to our fan Elizabeth Ross). The thing is, tea has both of those powers. It can soothe us with the ritual of preparation and (if you're choosing a caffeinated black, green or white tea) give us an energy boost.
"Calms even the most busy day!" said Nellie Cross. "It soothes me," said Tracy Taylor. Both are very true. "Caffeine," said Kim Moore, simply. "Tea has a soothing and restorative quality, sufficient caffeine to keep me alert, and a range of flavors that meet my moods, from Earl Grey bergamot to the Assam that are my favorites," said Mari Marilyn Alkus Bonomi.
The third most popular answer didn't surprise us — people love tea in part because it's a healthy beverage choice. "I love the blast of antioxidants in rooibus and sencha," said Facebook fan Jon Altbergs. "Tea is rich in antioxidants and as a breast cancer survivor I look for those [types of] foods," said Carole Resnick. Hear hear, Carole!
Not long ago, we surveyed a number of our dedicated customers about their reasons for drinking tea. We asked people to choose the top three reasons why you drink tea, and the most popular responses, in order from the most popular reasons to the least were:
- For relaxation
- Love the taste of tea
- Diverse variety of different flavors, colors, smells, etc.
- Varying levels of caffeine content
- Don't like coffee
- To get me going in the morning
- To soothe myself to sleep at night
- To experience a cultural beverage from other regions of the world
And then, when we asked people to narrow that down to just one reason, the runaway winner was "love the taste of tea."
Or as Stacy Flock-Long said on our Facebook page, "Because I love it!" Couldn't have said it any better ourselves.
Want to chime in? Why do you drink tea?