Tea reached England around 1645 and by the 1700s it was the nation’s favorite beverage. However, it wasn’t until the 1800s that tea came within the financial reach of the masses.
It has been said that next to water, tea is the Englishman’s proper element.
This little rhyme by Rudyard Kipling says it quite well:
We had a kettle; we let it leak;
Our not repairing it made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week.
The bottom is out of the Universe.