The Dastardly Past: Sir Thomas Lipton
What better to accompany a good crime thriller or mystery novel than a cozy room and a cup of tea? Today (May 10) we celebrate the 1850 birth of grocer and tea magnate Thomas Johnston Lipton, who popularized tea drinking in the United States and among the working classes of Great Britain. Deciding that the cost of tea was far too high, Lipton purchased his own plantation in Ceylon in 1890. He kept growing and shipping costs at a minimum, and sold his tea in packages of full, half and quarter, making it much more affordable for the masses to enjoy.