A Buying Guide for Tea
If you know you drink too much coffee and are looking for a way to reduce your caffeine intake while still keeping warm this winter, it’s time to turn to tea. There are many different varieties of tea on the market that you might enjoy, and knowing the best varieties to purchase and how to purchase fresh tea is going to enhance the flavor.
To enjoy fresh tea this winter, first consider the many varieties you might try, other than plain black tea. Plain black tea is the most common type of tea and is the tea you might typically see sold in teabags at the supermarket. Plain black tea is good for making iced tea and can also be enjoyed warm, but it may be a bit boring after some time. Green tea is a very smooth variety of tea that has many health benefits; it increases your metabolism, detoxifies your digestive system, and is an antioxidant. It has a very brisk flavor that is perfect for wintertime and which doesn’t need sugar or lemon to make it palatable. Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas are also black teas but of a different variety that are also typically considered smoother and more flavorful.
Herbal teas have very pungent flavors and you may need to pick and choose carefully. Many are blends, so you may see strawberry-lemonade tea, or peppermint-peach tea. Most herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated and can satisfy a sweet tooth without all the calories of a real dessert, so choose herbal teas according to your own preferences for flavor.
Loose, fresh teas are going to give you the most flavor. When you buy bagged tea at the supermarket, it may be dried and it may be less than fresh. If you are a real tea lover, you want to buy fresh tea that is loose so you can add as much as you’d like according to your own preference. An infuser is a type of net or slotted ball in which you add the amount of tea you want and then allow to steep in boiling water. Invest in a good infuser and then look for fresh tea online you can order regularly.
Buying small amounts of tea at a time is also typically recommended because then you know it will be fresh. You don’t want to freeze or refrigerate tea as this will cut down on the pungency and flavor. Store it in an airtight canister so it’s ready for you when you are, and try it plain after brewing before you add milk or lemon or sugar. You may enjoy the pungent flavor of tea on its own this way and may find it’s the perfect change from coffee and colas for wintertime.