Know Your Tea – The Connoisseur’s Guide
18th March 2017
18th March 2017
Fancy a change in brew? Are you swapping coffee for tea and not sure which teas are best or how to make it perfectly? Don’t panic – get a cuppa, put your feet up and lets start by tea-ching you some of the best teas out there.
Now you must have heard about this one! Green tea originates from China and is the most popular herbal tea in the world, this is mainly down to Asia. Green tea has many medicinal benefits, these include helping to burn fat, boosting metabolism and killing off bacteria. There are many different opinions regarding the taste of green tea. However if you pair it with fruit the taste becomes much sweeter and almost feels as though your being a tad naughty.
Chamomile is traditionally known for its cosmetic, health and nutritional benefits. But now, thanks to scientific research chamomile can be appreciated in tea too.
Chamomile tea has mild seductive effects which helps to assist in a good night’s sleep. If you have been feeling anxious, stressed or restless – a nice cup of chamomile might just do the trick to relieve that – did we mention it smells wonderful too?
Earl Grey Tea
Earl grey is usually known for its unique taste and smell but it is underestimated when it comes to health benefits.
Did you know that earl grey tea can help improve digestion? That’s right this tea is capable of relieving indigestion, colic and nausea. It has also been known to treat intestinal problems – like worms!
Feeling snoozy and need an energy boost? Earl grey may not be as strong as a coffee kick but can provide you with enough energy to keep you focused in the afternoon without keeping you up all night.
English Breakfast Tea
Despite its name english breakfast tea can be consumed anytime of the day. This classic blend of Kenyan, Assam and Ceylon teas hold a very strong dose of caffeine and assist you to start the day bright eyed and bushy tailed.
This tea is commonly served with lemon or milk. However drinking this kind of tea with milk can immensely reduce its antioxidant potential – and to make things even worse the lower the content in fat the more it will reduce the antioxidant. It has also been proven that consuming less than 250ml of caffeine a day can keep you hydrated.
This is a beverage that undergoes chemical treatment that is said to eradicate caffeine. However contrary to popular belief no tea consisting of tea leaves can ever be absolutely caffeine free – regarding what it states on the tin.
Decaffeinated tea has major health benefits, this is because it holds flavonoids (here’s a quick chemistry lesson). Did you know decaffeinated tea can help cushion you from cardiovascular problems and lover cholesterol levels? By consuming just 3 cups of tea a day it has been proven to lower the risk of a heart attack by 11% – now that’s quali-tea.
Over To You!
What is the perfect cup of tea? – Whether you’re that person who puts the milk in first or leaves the bag to sit for hours on end – Its your tea, your way! The reality is the perfect cup of tea is down to personal taste.