While 7 out of 10 Americans drink coffee every week, it’s noted that 62% drink coffee every day, according to the National Coffee Association. However, not everyone can enjoy the beverage; those who experience heart conditions, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or panic attacks (to name just a few) are commonly advised to avoid a cup of joe. Whether you’re avoiding coffee for medical reasons, looking to get rid of that pesky caffeine addiction, or simply try something new, here’s how you can successfully make the switch to tea.
Easily exploring teas from new places
When looking to swap your much loved cup of coffee for a seemingly less appealing cup of tea, expanding your tea collection can make a world of difference in actually finding a blend you genuinely enjoy. While supermarkets will typically carry standard black, green, and herbal teas, the selection available can oftentimes be narrow. In fact, there are a wide variety of different types of teas out there.
Food & Wine highlights the various different tea types worth trying, from black teas to green, herbal, white, and even oolong, there’s something for everyone due to each type having their own unique flavors. While heavily roasted oolongs from Wuyi cliffs in China have flavor notes of caramel, white tea is noted to have subtle, floral flavors. Thankfully, there are simpler ways to try a wide variety of tea, and you don’t have to leave your home to do so, either. Through a tea of the month club, trying teas from around the world can be made simple via a subscription box, allowing you to try a variety of different teas each month. Complete with steeping tips, you’ll be able to try teas that you won’t find anywhere else while being able to enjoy a tea from a new country each month.
The value in experimentation
For avid coffee drinkers, getting used to the taste of tea can be challenging, though it’s imperative to keep in mind that you don’t have to drink tea plain — and sugar and milk aren’t your only options for making things interesting. In fact, there are a myriad of different additives worth trying out and experimenting with in order to find what suits your taste buds best. Mashed.com points out a few ways in which fruit can go well with tea. It’s noted that ripe strawberries, for instance, taste great with green tea, giving it a tangy and sweet flavor. Mashed emphasizes the importance of ensuring that the strawberries are ripe, noting that any that have a white or green spot will result in a sour tasting beverage. In addition to strawberries, it’s further pointed out that fruit juice can also make for a great way to enjoy tea. Mashed recommends the addition of lemon, pineapple, and orange juice concentrates (along with allspice and sugar) to a black tea base for a flavor that’s surprisingly similar to mulled apple cider.
An extra health boost
If you’re swapping coffee for tea in order to simply have a healthier start to the morning (or any time of day), there are ways that you can make it even more so. In addition to a spicy kick, Insider notes that simply adding some ginger to your tea can help soothe an upset stomach, and further goes on to note that ginger offers even more health benefits — from benefiting food digestion and improving circulation, according to Women’s Health Magazine. Lemon and honey can make for additional healthy tea additives, with lemon allowing your body to absorb more of the antioxidants in green tea (according to Purdue University), and honey being well known for helping soothe a sore throat or cough (all while adding sweetness to an otherwise bland-tasting cup).
For those who are trading in their coffee for tea, getting used to the taste can be one of the biggest challenges. However, by (literally) exploring the world of tea and experimenting with the number of different ways that you can dress up a simple cup, you’re sure to find a way that suits you and your tastes in no time at all.