Is there anything better than curling up with a nice cup of tea to end your day? We’re pretty sure there isn’t ; ). Whether you prefer your’s hot or iced, tea is delicious any time of day + it’s a great alternative to coffee on days when you need less of a caffeine buzz or a little relaxation. If you’ve ever found yourself wandering down the tea aisle, you know there are a lot of varieties to choose from — it can get a little overwhelming.
So — we’re giving you the rundown on all of our favorite teas, advice on when to drink ’em, + a couple of recipes for inspiration! We can’t wait to hear what you think!
Black tea is a tea derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It is fermented for a long period of time + then fired, resulting in a strong flavor + dark color. Black tea contains the most caffeine of any tea + comes in many varieties, the most popular being Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Ceylon, Chai Spice, + Earl Grey. [Steep time: 3-4 mins].
White tea results from a simple process of steaming + drying the youngest leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant + is the least processed variety of tea. The absence of fermenting + processing leads to a light, subtle color + flavor + a very low caffeine content. [Steep time: 4-5 mins].
Green tea results from a post-drying heat treatment that stops the fermentation of the Camellia Sinensis plant. After being heated, the tea leaves are then rolled + dried again. This process results in a tea that is light green//yellow in color with a distinctive earthy flavor + moderate caffeine level. [Steep time: 1-2 mins].
Oolong tea follows a process very similar to that of Green tea. Oolong tea results from shaking + bruising the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant prior to drying. This causes the leaves to become a red//yellow color. The leaves are then partially fermented — resulting in a smooth + slightly sweet taste. [Steep time: 3 mins].
Mate tea comes from the yerba mate plant, typically found in South America. The leaves of the plant go through a process of blanching, drying, + aging before being finely cut. Yerba Mate has a strong, bold flavor that pairs well with many spices + herbs. It is technically an herbal tea, but unlike other tisanes, it contains caffeine [Yippee!]. [Steep time: 5-6 mins].
Rooibos tea [or Red tea] is a tea that is made from the South African Red Bush. It is picked, ground, bruised, ++ fermented to achieve its signature red hue. Rooibos is very fine in texture + has a distinctively strong, nutty flavor. [Steep time: 5-6 mins].
Herbal infusions are teas [or tisanes] that do not come from tea leaves, but are made from dried herbs + fruits + flowers. These blends, like most other herbal varieties, do not contain any caffeine — but pack a lot of flavor per cup! Popular herbal varieties include Peppermint, Hibiscus, Cinnamon, Ginger, + Chamomile — just to name a few! [Steep time will vary].
Black Tea: 60 – 90 mg per cup
Oolong Tea: 50 – 75 mg per cup
Yerba Mate: 35 – 70 mg per cup
Green Tea: 35 – 70 mg per cup
White Tea: 30 – 55 mg per cup
Still stumped on what to brew + looking for a little inspiration? Here are 4 recipes to help you wake up, heal up, study up, + rest up!
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We know every CHAARG girl needs that morning #CHAARGup! For a little caffeine to start your day, reach for some Black tea — these teas have the most caffeine per cup [60-90 mg]!
Herbal teas boast many health benefits + act as nature’s medicine for a number of ailments. Upset stomach? Try Ginger tea. Feeling bloated? Peppermint or Dandelion Root may just do the trick! Headache or stressed out? Sip on some Lemon Balm to ease the pressure.
Looking for a drink to sip while you hit the books? Many recent studies have linked Green tea to boosts in memory function. The mixture of a lower caffeine content + the amino acids found in green tea results in a less jittery energy boost, making it easier to stay focused + retain information [YAY!].
Nothing like a nice hot cup of tea before bed — but what’s the best kind to help you drift off? Stick to herbal teas at nighttime: Chamomile is a great go-to because of it’s lack of caffeine + calming properties. It has also been proven to help sooth the stomach + alleviate muscle//menstrual cramps — making for an all-around soothing tea.
What’s your fav tea? Share it with us on insta! Tag @chaarg + #inchaarg : )
+Isabelle [isabelle_inchaarg], IU CHAARG