The British love tea. Their favorable disposition of the drink was carried over into the British colonies in America, which is why The Boston Tea Party was such a significant revolutionary act.
Once trade opened up with tropics and the West Indies coffee was traded and imported into the colonies giving tea a run for its money and become so ubiquitous today.
Tea can be consumed cold, not very common in America but is popular as a morning drink in The UK and India. The most popular are English Breakfast and Earle Grey Tea.