Today I want to chat about something I am loving right now. Something that I would have never thought I would say that I love. I AM LOVING HOT TEA. Is that weird? Don’t get me wrong, I still drink coffee every morning (I am not quite ready to make the switch to tea in the morning yet) but the rest of the day I am all about tea. To me, coffee tastes like coffee regardless of the type or flavor (I am sure there are a lot of people who would like to vehemently disagree with me here) but the variety of tastes/flavors that comprise the tea world continue to astound me. Also, unlike coffee, tea is easy to drink all day long and can be used for different purposes (as a stimulant, a relaxant or even for medicinal reasons).
Did you know that there are five major varieties of tea: white, green, oolong, black, and pu-erh (1)? All of these varieties come from the same plant but the way the leaves of this plant are processed after picking is what changes the variety. After processing into one of these five varieties, tea is then flavored.
My absolutely favorite teas are the types that taste sweet without having to add any additional sweeteners. I have always loved the spicy sweet Good Earth Tea but hands down I have fallen hard for this tea from Harney & Sons:
It is has such a robust cinnamon sweet flavor and one cup has ½ the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. The tea bags are silky which makes a cup of this tea feel special and indulgent. I found mine at Target. I was excited to see that they also make a green tea with coconut flavor that I am going to try next around. I feel like I am only discovering the tip of the iceberg in terms of tea but I am excited to continue to experiment with it in the future.
Side Note: Not only are there a ton of flavors and varieties of tea but tea also has a lot of health benefits. If you are extremely interested you can read more about the health benefits of tea here: http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/health-benefits-linked-to-drinking-tea
I am curious to know what everyone’s favorite tea is. If you have suggestions feel free to leave it in the comments below. I am always looking for new flavors!