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In 2009, China accounted for 35% of the world's total tea production, producing nearly 1.4 billion kg of tea leaves. The country consumed 1.1 billion kg of tea, equal in weight to 26 Titanics. The average person in China consumes 400 cups of tea every year. Ireland and Turkey, however, consume the most tea per capita at 2.7kg per year. China per capita is only .8 kg, still far above the U.S. average of .2 kg. China consumes 550 billion cups of tea every year. It takes 4.7 cups of water to grow, harvest, and brew 1 cup of tea. All that water would fill 236,588 Olympic-size swimming pools. If you lined up that many pools end to end, it would span from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. It would take Michael Phelps 2.5 months to swim that