Tea has been an important beverage por British people, at least since the 17th century. Tea was early introduced into the court and it immediately drinking tea became a fashionable ritual , accompanied by an elegant apparatus of silver spons, pots, caddies and conversation.

The linguistic consequences have ben also very important: tea-pot, tea-spoon, tea-water, tea-cup, tea-dish, tea-house, tea-room, tea-time, tea-saucers, tea-trays, tea sets, tea-shops, tea-rooms, tea-bags, tea-cakes, tea-towels, hig society tea circles, tea nights, tea-bells (for service), tea-trolleys, tea ladies

We have even some idioms: You’re my cup of tea, Science fiction is not my cup of tea, To go tea tax (slang: to get really angry), To be tea-brained (slang: to be an obtuse person), Not for all the tea in China (not at any price)…

In 2009 was formed theTea Party, a very conservative branch of the conservative Republican Party, an it was also formed an acronym: TEA (Taxed Enough Already),  because conservative politicians defend the reduction of federal and local taxes.