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Trent Reno
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I heard they drink up to 10 cups a day, and it's benefits may be why cancer incidence in Asia is low. How large are their average cups? Do they drink 4oz or 8oz cups or what? Can anyone tell me?

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Zachary Fizz
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There must be, what, 3 billion Asians? There must be a pretty wide variation in drinking habits between, for example, the Taiwanese, Novaya Zemlyans, Turks and Sri Lankans.

If it is possible to generalise at all, I'd say that if there are lower levels of cancer in Asia than in Europe or the US, this might be more to do with the prevalence of other diseases and lower life expectancy generally than how much tea is drunk.

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Trent Reno
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I'm sorry if I was too general. If you walked into a restaurant in China and say "I'll have the tea," how much do they give you?

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Mr. Mondaricci
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quote:
Originally posted by Trent Reno:
I heard they drink up to 10 cups a day, and it's benefits may be why cancer incidence in Asia is low. How large are their average cups? Do they drink 4oz or 8oz cups or what? Can anyone tell me?

Ralphy

Ralphy:

I wouldn't answer your question for all the tea in Ch... oh, never mind.

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*sits down at the keyboard**cracks knuckles*

Owie owie ow... Forgot I don't like doing that...

Anyway, I went to Japan this summer and stayed with a host family. I can tell you about how much they drank when I was around. This is purely ancedotal evidence, as it only pertains to one family out of millions.

A lot. My host mother drank I would say at least ten cups of tea a day. However, her cups of tea were about 4-5 oz, I would say. Not as large as ours. My host father didn't drink as much, I beleive he preferred beer. (Ashai brand, if you're interested.) My younger host sister would drink a cup of tea in the morning before school, and then get a thermos full of it in her lunch. (I'd say about 8-10 oz in the thermo.) Then she'd come home and drink a couple of glasses of iced tea (6-8 oz, watered down.). She might have tea with dinner, but more often she had water. My older host sister wasn't so heavy a tea drinker. She'd have a thermos of it in her lunch, and occasionally an iced tea.

That's only one family, mind you, but they seemed like a pretty average family to me. Of course, I could be wrong. As I said, it's only ancedotal evidence, and as one poster's sig line says "The plural of ancedote is not data."

Hope that helped!

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Ursa Major
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My experience is that 10 cups of tea served in a Chinese resaurant doesn't even equal the volume in an average glass of iced tea served in an American restaurant.
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Lithiate
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Little sister drinks about the equivelent of 10 5 oz. cups of tea a day (somewhere around 3-4 large coffee mugs of the stuff in a day, if not more). The girl is fairly addicted, I believe. I average about 2 coffee-mugs of tea per day at the most (I'm much more passionate about coffee than I am about tea, but I am a sucker for Darjeeling with cream and honey).

I believe we should also take into account how much tea the average Brit injests in a day. I know I'll be doing my research when I'm in London next week... [Wink]

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As a Brit I can answer what my average consumption is. Depending on what I am doing I can have anywhere from 4-15 Mugs of strong tea a day. The mugs are usually 1/3pt, but I also have 1/2 and 1 pint mugs as well. My wife drinks less, but both of us need the mug of Tea kickstart in the morning.

Where as my brother hardly drinks Tea but drinks a simular amount of strong Coffee as I do.

My mum drinks both tea and coffee but in smaller quantities and at a lot weaker strength.

So as you can see it varies a lot in just one family and is simular accross the country - apart from too many people now drink weak tea with to much milk!!

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I drink about 5 mugs of tea a day (Wulong tea) & if I eat out I have about 8 cups of tea with my meal but those are small cups.
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If it's hot, I've been known to drink a gallon of iced tea a day. That's 16 cups.

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I can't really talk about all of Asia, but I suspect the OP refers to the Chinese.

Hong Kong:
In Chinese restaurants here, for Yum Cha (or dim sum) you'll have a pot of tea and one of water. When your teapot is running low, you top it up from the water pot. A few time during the course of the meal, both will be topped up by the waiter. It's drunk from those little cups. I'd go through quite a lot of tea, usually because everyone else is busy talking. The tea is usually 'Bo Li', Jasmine, 'Pu Erh', 'Ti Kuan Yin' or 'Sheung Tsin' (not sure of the spelling of the last).

For a more formal meal, say a banquet, the same will apply, although there'll be beer and wine there as well. (And possibly brandy, depends on the occasion.)

Walking around the streets, there are lots of little herbal tea shops, selling various concoctions supposed to improve breath, health, or just clean out your system. The tea can be hot or cold, depending on what blend it is, what benefits its supposed to have.

Also, there are lots of juice bars selling crushed mango, papaya, coconut milk, sugar cane, etc. You'll often see little clusters of old men, sitting on a park bench and watching the world go by with a tin of beer (probably Carlsberg) or a big bottle (probably Tsing Tao, or one of the other Chinese beers).

At work, most people will have a 'bottomless' tea cup, i.e. it's got a lot of tea-leaves in it, and they top it up as and when required. These cups usually have a lid as well, to stop the tea getting too cold. Generally speaking, the Chinese at work in my last four workplaces don't drink the coffee, usually because they regard it as unhealthy. (The coffee was also quite awful in all of these places - either *way* too strong or rancid from sitting there all day.)

At home, my wife will have a pot or two of tea a day, usually a quite strong type. When her older relatives come over, they drink 'Gong Fu Cha', which is made like so: take a small teapot (about one standard cup in capacity) and fill it with tea leaves. fill it with boiling water and immediately pour out this tea into the little cups. This first pot is to wet the tea and clean the cups. Empty the cups. Fill the teapot again and fill all the little cups in one pour. (Every time you fill the cups, you should empty the pot.) This time you can drink the tea, which is to ordinary tea as espresso is to coffee. Repeat.

Tea drinking customs in Southern China are similar to Hong Kong, and I didn't notice much difference in Northern China either, although I wasn't there for long enough.

There is the appalling 'Lai Cha' or 'English Tea' which is made with tea bags, condensed milk and left to stew for a while. Think of military tea.

There's also 'Yang Yin' (I think that's how you spell it) which is half coffee and half tea.

Me, I have one cup of coffee in the mornings at work and just drink water for the rest of the day.

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I know the answer to that question about as well as a tea leaf knows the history of the East India company. However I think any good southerner at a BBQ resturant out tea drinks Asia if you count ice tea as tea.

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Evil Anya
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I've heard that green tea is extremely good for you, but I'm not sure why, or what it does. There's always a lot of bottles of green tea extract at the health food store.

I live in the United States and I drink anywhere from 5 to 10 cups of tea a day, but I hardly ever see other people drinking tea, other than chai lattes. I like oolong and Earl Grey the best. It makes you have to pee a lot though.

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Green tea extracts have many health benefits. It is a great fat burner and anti carciogenic properties.
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Tarokaja
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I'm currently in Japan (have been for almost five years) and I can say that what Aimee described seems about average. On the other hand, coffee is also very popular here, unlike what I've heard about China and Hong Kong.
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Cant Be more than me. I go through a gallon of arizona green tea with ginsing a day.
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quote:
If you walked into a restaurant in China and say "I'll have the tea," how much do they give you?
A cupful.

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Tantei Kijo
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Yeah, I think it depends. My Japanese host parents had relatively little compared to some of the people here. Coffee for breakfast and tea was usually just dinner and sometimes lunch.

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Koreans don't really drink tea with meals. They have this drink they call tea, but it's actually made of corn, or barley or malt.
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at least in Japan, they consume tea IN a lot of things too like ice cream, candy, snacks, etc. I actually have had a green tea flavored "popcorn" snack from Japan (which had no hulls and was really very similar to the American "puffcorn" we have here).

I would think the cup size would vary, too, from country to country. I haven't been outside the country but I do know that Chinese restaraunts tend to have the tiny 4 or 5 ounce cups, but the sushi bar I go to has larger, handleless cups that probably hold closer to 8 or 9 ounces, and I have also seen these larger cups for sale at an Asian grocery store in about the same abundance as the tiny Chinese style cups.

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