Which Country Drinks the Most Tea?

Tea Consumption (Total) (kt), 2013
Food & Drink | February 22, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 152 countries in 2013, China ranked the highest in tea consumption with 1,186 kt followed by India and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was East Timor with 0.045 kt, Namibia with 0.069 kt and Bosnia and Herzegovina with 0.076 kt.

Total tea consumption reached 5,346 kt in 2013 in the World according to Faostat. This is 2.27 % more than in the previous year and 25.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total tea consumption reached an all time high of 5,452 kt in 2011 and an all time low of 1,225 kt in 1962. The average annual growth amounted to 2.86 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 22.2 % of tea consumption in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 44.5 % share while the ten largest countries some 67.8 % in 2013.

Data for more countries are available at Tea Consumption (Total) indicator page.

Tea Consumption (Total) Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Argentina kt 256 204 193 214 246
Brazil kt 391 389 397 383 391
China kt 841 926 1,013 1,115 1,257
Egypt kt 20.0 106 76.0 85.1 95.9
India kt 788 799 797 760 781
Indonesia kt 73.9 60.9 68.9 72.2 90.1
Iran kt 18.7 194 207 200 138
Japan kt 141 139 126 127 123
Pakistan kt 110 98.5 93.6 91.8 116
Paraguay kt 80.2 70.2 70.1 78.2 80.2
Russia kt 175 175 177 177 185
Thailand kt 56.2 60.9 62.3 67.1 75.1
Turkey kt 206 199 202 242 227
USA kt 164 172 161 172 167
United Kingdom kt 138 136 118 119 128