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Who drinks more tea than the English?

The Afghans. Afghanistan is the world's third-largest importer of tea. Afghans enjoy black, green and milk tea, as well as kavah

Quelle:: EPA, International Mission Board

Workers, possibly from a coal shop, warming themselves on a freezing day in Kabul, 18 November 2015
Workers, possibly from a coal shop, warming themselves on a freezing day in Kabul, 18 November 2015

As incredible as it may sound, Afghanistan is a bigger importer of tea than the United States. With imports of 134 000 tons (2012), it is the world's third-largest tea importer, surpassed only by Russia (180 000 tons) and Britain (145 000 tons), according to data by Statista.

Young Afghan girl with tea pot in Keshim, northern Afghanistan, 10 August 2009
Young Afghan girl with tea pot in Keshim, northern Afghanistan, 10 August 2009

This reflects the fact that Afghanistan, just as Britain, is a tea-drinking country that does not produce tea, or very little at best. Only, Afghans are drinking even more tea than the English!

Drinking tea in the Afghan mountains
Drinking tea in the Afghan mountains
Afghanistan Matters, Brunsum, Netherlands, photo by Iain Cochrane, UK

Afghans like their tea in various forms: as Chai Sabze (green tea), ChaiSya (black tea), Shlr Chai (mik tea) or Kahwa (spiced tea). 

Children selling tea in Sheberghan, northern Afghanistan 22 May 2005
Children selling tea in Sheberghan, northern Afghanistan 22 May 2005
Afghanistan Matters, Brunsum, Netherlands, photo by Tomie Sandstroem, Sweden

Cardamom seeds are added to all types of tea. Kahva also contains saffron and cinnamon and sometimes Kashmir roses.

Worker sipping green tea in Kabul, 30 October 2015
Worker sipping green tea in Kabul, 30 October 2015
EPA

Teas are sweetened with sugar or honey. Occasionally, crushed almonds or walnuts are added.

Refugee girl preparing tea in a shelter, Kabul, 31 May 2012
Refugee girl preparing tea in a shelter, Kabul, 31 May 2012
EPA

Now we understand why Afghans love their tea so much! 

Man drinking green tea, sitting with his daughter in a factory, Herat, 8 December 2014
Man drinking green tea, sitting with his daughter in a factory, Herat, 8 December 2014
EPA

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