With July 4th weekend virtually upon us, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect upon how tea has effected, both directly and indirectly, American History.

declaration of independence signing, then teaProbably the most obvious event in American History in which tea helped bring about change was in Boston Harbor in 1773.  Americans were at their boiling point with all the unfair taxes being bestowed upon them, but when the crown issued a tax on their beloved beverage, tea, they went crazy.  How crazy, you may ask?  Crazy enough that they dressed up like Native Americans, stormed a cargo ship and tossed the contents overboard.

Our nation’s first president, George Washington, was known to enjoy three cups of tea every morning for breakfast. After his swearing in to office, tea became the beverage of choice to be served during all state functions and occasions.

But tea’s beginnings In America date back quite a bit further: around the year 1650 Dutch governor Peter Stuyvesant brought the first tea to America to the colonists in the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam (later re-named New York by the English), which they voraciously enjoyed. Indeed, on acquiring the colony, the English found that the small settlement consumed more tea at that time then all of England!

Also credited to tea-lovin’ Americans was the distinct honor of the invention of not only iced tea, but also the tea bag!

So to celebrate the good ol’ U.S. of A. on its 234th birthday, I have created, just for my wonderful readers, a very patriotic discount on all teas between now and the 4th of July: simply enter promo code JULY4 and receive 17.76% (the year of American independence) off your entire tea order!

Celebrate the 4th of July the American way – drink some tea!