Canadians can't get enough of hot beverages

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Canadians and hot beveragesWhether it's consumed as an early morning pick-me-up or  after a long day at the office, tea and coffee are almost universally enjoyed by Canadians who work for a living. In fact, according to the Tea Association of Canada, adults in the country drink nearly 10 billion cups of tea every year.

Tea is particularly popular in Alberta. Statistics from the Tea Association of Canada show that the tea market in the province last year was valued at $63 million, the most profitable in the country next to Ontario and Quebec.

Not to be outdone, however, is coffee. Drinking their cups o' joe in a variety of forms, similar to tea drinkers, coffee enthusiasts will guzzle their hot beverages at various points in the day as well. In a recent survey performed by survey research firm Leger on behalf of Folgers, close to 50 percent said that their favorite morning ritual was sitting down to a fresh cup of coffee, complemented by catching up on the latest news on television or print. Others, though, prefer to drink their coffee around the table with friends - whether that's at a shop or playing host at home.

Each year, though, coffee and tea drinkers receive serious burns, due to serving it too hot or spilling while driving with it in the car. In fact, CBC News recently reported that a Winnipeg woman wants to regulate the temperature of hot drinks purchased from eating and drinking establishments, this after suffering second- and third-degree burns following a car accident earlier this year.

In order to avoid a potential home insurance claim - perhaps stemming from a friend who was burned after accidentally spilling hot coffee on themselves or by the pourer - it's important to be aware of the temperature of hot drinks and how quickly it can cause a third-degree burn, according to the American Burn Association.

Water temperature  -   Time for a third degree burn to occur

  • 68 degrees Celsius - 1 second
  • 64 degrees Celsius - 2 seconds
  • 60 degrees Celsius - 5 seconds
  • 56 degrees Celsius - 15 seconds
  • 52 degrees Celsius - 1 minute
  • 51 degrees Celsius - 3 minutes
  • 48 degrees Celsius - 5 minutes

Of course, the hotter the temperature, the greater likelihood of being severely burned, even if the spill is a few drops. The American Burn Association offered some additional tips for how to avoid hot food and beverage scalds in the kitchen as well as in the dining area of a home.