They’re just like us - famous people who love Tea. It shouldn’t be a surprise, really, that iconic politicians, heads of state, actors, musicians and historical figures adore a cuppa just the same as the rest of society.

What is perhaps more curious is discovering who, exactly, can’t get enough of these remarkable leaves. This is what we’ll be exploring in the following article.

What’s more, and undoubtedly even better, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company can provide you with the Types of Tea celebrities adore. Whether it’s the Queen of England and her Earl Grey, President Obama and a Fruit Tisane, or David Bowie and Japanese Green Tea, you’ll find it here.

We pack each variety fresh to order, ensuring quality and consistency with every brew.

Queen Elizabeth Second

1. The Queen of England Drinks Earl Grey

Her Majesty, the Queen of England, is the head of state of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. She is the epitome of upper-class society, as well as being the most famous Monarch in the world.

According to former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, her favourite infusions are Earl Grey Tea, Assam Tea or Darjeeling Tea with a splash of milk and no sugar.

Barack Obama

2. Former President Barack Obama Adores Fruit Tea

The 44th President of the United States of America, serving from 2009 to 2017, remains a popular figure in American and global politics. While in office, Barack Obama tended to avoid fresh Coffee and instead had Tea.

But not just any kind of Tea: Fruit Tea (also known as a Fruit Tisane). Seemingly most favoured by the former Commander in Chief is Red Berry Fruit Tisane.

Daniel Craig

3. Bond, James Bond(s) Enjoy a Brew

When James Bond first appeared on screens in 1962’s Dr. No, it was reported that Sean Connery sipped a cuppa while still in handcuffs. Pierce Brosnan, too, was said to be partial to a brew during his stint as 007 in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Though again not confirmed, it is likewise thought that the recently departed Daniel Craig loves Tea. Forget Vodka Martinis, shaken and not stirred - bring out the Teapot!

Tom Hanks

4. Tom Hanks Sipping Tea on the Red Carpet

We don’t need to be told that this beloved actor loves Tea - we’ve seen it for ourselves. Indeed, in 2013, at the Saving Mr. Banks premiere, Tom Hanks, who played Walt Disney, walked the red carpet with a beverage in hand.

He was spotted chatting to journalists at the same time as contentedly slurping his infusion. A man as sweet as Hanks would surely have a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.

Jennifer Lawrence

5. Jennifer Lawrence and Dandelion Tea for Bloating

A 2013 article published by Fox News alluded to Jennifer Lawrence consuming Dandelion Tea to debloat. It could work well, too, according to preliminary research about its Diuretic Tea capabilities.

The evidence establishes that it increases urine output, leading to decreased water weight. Though not exactly glamorous, it at least does the trick and is, therefore, one of the best teas for bloating.

Oprah Winfrey

6. Oprah Winfrey is All For Chai Tea

Traditional Chai (also called “Masala Chai” and translated from Hindi to mean “Spiced Tea”) is a Tea first popularised in India but now found globally. A variant known as a Chai Latte is the drink of choice for Oprah Winfrey.

Her version includes Black Tea, Rooibos (a South African Herbal Tea), Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom and Ginger, all topped with steamed milk.

Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie

7. Brad And Angelina Have Gone Their Separate Ways with Tea

Brangelina is no more since the famous couple’s divorce a couple of years ago. Interestingly, their tastes in Tea are likewise on different paths. While Brad Pitt has gone on the record saying he’s given up alcohol and instead started drinking Matcha Tea,

Angelina Jolie’s preference is a little more unconventional. Okay, maybe “a little” unconventional might be an understatement. She drinks Garlic Tea.

Serena Williams

8. Serena Williams Keeps Fit and Healthy with Matcha Tea

Delicious and health beneficial Matcha Green Tea Powder also appears to be a trendy choice in the world of sports. One such athlete to praise its nutritional value is the American tennis player Serena Williams.

She makes a supposedly fat-burning drink of Matcha with lemon juice and Cinnamon Tea as part of her afternoon routine. Several studies support the claim it promotes weight loss with evidence.

Lionel Messi

9. Yerba Mate is Drunk by Lionel Messi

Football fans might have occasionally spotted Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Sergio Aguero drinking an unfamiliar beverage from what appears to be a coconut.

Not quite. It is, in fact, Yerba Mate Tea, a caffeinated South American Herbal Tea. This infusion boasts a multitude of noteworthy qualities, not least its alleged ability to boost energy levels, improve digestion, lower “bad” cholesterol and reduce diabetes risks.

Lady Gaga

10. Lady Gaga and a Quintessentially English Cuppa

Lady Gaga is one of today’s most famous musicians, an American singer-songwriter and performance artist who has garnered a reputation for flamboyant costumes and provocative lyrics.

Somewhat more down to earth is her adoration of Loose Leaf Tea. According to a 2012 article, she has numerous different blends at the ready. “I have lots of Tea,” she admitted proudly during the interview.

Ozzy Osbourne

11. Ozzy Osbourne Pairs Tea and Crumpets

The simple mention of a hot brew is enough to delight Ozzy Osbourne, says the man himself. “I never thought I’d see the day when I’d be getting excited over a ****ing cup of Tea,” the former Black Sabbath frontman added.

If that wasn’t enough, according to an article published by the Times, the Prince of Darkness likes a crumpet or two to go alongside. What could be more British than that?

John Lennon

12. Imagine John Lennon with 20 to 30 Cups of Tea

The late, great singer-songwriter, musician and peace activist John Lennon was reportedly so obsessed with Tea that he drank 20 to 30 cups a day. He’d sometimes change things up with a cup of fresh Coffee here or there.

However, it’s fair to say that’s quite a lot of caffeine. If you, too, consume this much but wish to do away with the extreme energy kick, we’d recommend trying our various types of Decaffeinated Tea.

Paul McCartney

13. A Second Beatle, Paul McCartney, Has Tea-tlemania

There are other famous people who drink Tea who were once part of the Beatles. We’re talking about the living musical God Paul McCartney. Such is his fondness of the stuff, in fact, that he wrote a song entitled “English Tea”.

When asked how he takes it, he says: “I take my Tea with some soya milk and one sugar. If I’m really feeling naughty, one and a half sugars… I know, I’m living on the edge!”

Jimi Hendrix

14. Jimi Hendrix - Milk, Two Sugars

Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the greatest - if not THE greatest - guitarists of all time. Less known is his love for sitting at home drinking Tea and watching the British soap opera Coronation Street.

Hendrix’s former girlfriend says: “He’d never had Tea before he came [to the UK], but he had no choice. I trained him: Have a cup of Tea, milk and two sugars.” It clearly worked.

David Bowie

15. David Bowie Hated Black Tea, Loved Green Tea

An article published by the Independent suggests that David Bowie had a complicated relationship with Loose Leaf Tea. At age five, his parents took him on a Thames boat trip where he proceeded to drink Tea that had been somehow stewing for seven years.

He of course hated it and never touched English Breakfast Tea again. However, he did like Japanese Green Tea.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

16. Lewis Carroll and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The author of Alice in Wonderland once said: "I can never get a cup of Tea large enough or a book long enough." He even, quite memorably, included a scene in his novel all about a certain Mad Hatter’s Tea party.

This has since become a popular theme for an Afternoon Tea in London and elsewhere. You, too, can indulge in such a manner - just don’t be late for that very important date!

George Orwell

17. George Orwell Wrote About a Nice Cup of Tea

Another writer with a close association with Tea is George Orwell. Best known for the books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, he also published an article called “A Nice Cup of Tea”.

His preference, according to the piece, was Ceylon Tea. He wrote that: “I maintain that one strong cup of Tea is better than twenty weak ones.” Additionally, Orwell was a big believer in the add-milk-after-water rule.

Agatha Christie

18. Agatha Christie Could Murder a Black Tea

Agatha Christie, the murder mystery novelist behind fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, offered many references to Tea-drinking in her books.

The word “Tea” alone is used an incredible 113 times in A Pocket Full of Rye, 46 times in 4.50 From Paddington and 35 times in At Bertram’s Hotel. Despite her love for Black Tea, her depiction of Poirot was of a man who drank Camomile Tea.

charles grey

19. The Alleged Creator of Earl Grey Was Charles Grey

There is a legend that Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (1764-1845), was the creator of the infusion named after him. The story involving the eventual British Prime Minister is that he saved a boy from drowning in a river while in China.

The boy’s father, overcome with gratitude, gifted the lord with Flavoured Black Tea, which was then dubbed “Earl Grey Tea”. Except it isn’t true. No one knows why it is called that!

Buy Tea and Coffee Fit for a Queen, President, Legendary Athlete or Beatle

From Tom Hanks to the Queen of England and everyone in-between, Loose Tea is a must-have in the celebrity survival kit. You can enjoy it as well here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.

Our types of Tea, like the famous people who drink them, vary considerably. Traditionalists might like our flagship Pluckley Tea. Others could instead opt for Flowering Tea. The possibilities are almost endless.

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.