Although tea is less popular than coffee in the United States, during the summer months the consumption of iced tea skyrockets. And no wonder – there is nothing as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea.

Camellia sinensis is the plant that both green and black tea comes from, but the varying flavors come from the method of treating the leaves once they’re picked. Most of the tea drunk in the West is black tea, and is most likely the type you drink everyday.

When a tea vendor in Taiwan came up with the idea of adding tapioca balls to chilled milk tea the result became a world-wide hit.

The English are famous for their tea blends, and one of the most famous blends is Earl Grey Tea. It is more than just a simple blend though. Earl Grey tea gets its distinctive taste from an oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange.

Chai is the Hindi word for “tea.” What most people think of as “chai tea” is more accurately called “masala chai” or spiced tea. It is a mixture of black tea, sugar (or other sweeteners), milk, and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, peppercorn, and cloves.