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Why tea is so popular right now

The hot beverage is rising on menus across the country


Welcome to First Bite, a Nation’s Restaurant News podcast, your daily source of news from NRN hosted by Holly Petre.

Today, we’re talking about the latest beverage trend: tea.

Tea — refreshing, rich in antioxidants, and with a variety of flavors to suit many palates — is enjoying robust growth across the country, both on its own and in cocktails and other beverages. Even the high tea service and tea parties of decades ago are enjoying a resurgence as consumers seek more robust experiences when they go out, writes senior food and beverage editor Bret Thorn in a recent feature for

It's not just about ritual according to Bret, it’s also about caffeine consumption in a longer, more drawn-out way. It’s becoming an experience rather than a quick hit of energy. And it includes the benefits that tea provides that coffee doesn’t have that Bret goes into further on the podcast.

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