Tea Truths – Did You Knows?
BY: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Fairmont Hotels & Resorts - Hotel User / POSTED September 19, 2011
- The Fairmont Empress serves Afternoon Tea to approximately 100,000 guests each year, which amounts to approx. 500,000 cups of tea.
- After water, tea is the most largely consumed beverage in the world.
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy (John F. Kennedy's mother) made her social debut at The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston, attending traditional tea dances.
- The Savoy uses more than 1,000 kilograms of Savoy Blend English Breakfast tea per year.
- The Fairmont Empress serves 15 tons of fresh berries & 6 tons of Devonshire cream to over 150,000 people annually as part of its traditional Afternoon Tea service.
- Metropolitan Tea, responsible for producing Fairmont's signature collection of tea blends, was North America's first member of the ETP (Ethical Tea Sourcing Partnership), an industry-based association that sets standards regarding operations at the estate level.
- Did you know that during the Prohibition era, Sir Winston Churchill was secretly served his favorite brandy in a china teapot at The Fairmont Empress?
- Did you know Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a children's tea for youngsters aged 5-12 led by Madame Rose, a famous lady of the Château who is dressed in full period attire?
- Fairmont buys about 15,000 kilograms of tea annually or enough to make 6 million cups of tea. If this quantity of tea was served in cups that were 4 inches in diameter it would stretch for more than 380 miles or nearly 600 kilometers.
- Did you know F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, features characters Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker having a conversation in the tea garden at the Plaza Hotel?
- Fairmont's 1907 Centennial Blend combines tea leafs from Assam (which is where tea was first planted in the mid-1800's) Sri Lanka, Nilgiri and Keemun.
- Did you know that a wet teabag can be used to soothe sunburns and reduce swelling of puffy eyes?
- To this day, the Jasmine Lounge at Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel continues with a popular 1930s tradition of hosting Tea Concerts with live performances by the hotel's three resident orchestras, as well as cabaret and dance interludes.
- A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee.
- All tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis and this plant can produce tea for 50 years.