ta k i n g t i m e f o r a c u p o f t e a
Did you know that studies have proven that holding a warm beverage in your hands during these cold months is actually proven to increase your mood? Why not make it tea? With more and more research showing various health benefits and more and more companies putting out innovative and unique tastes to drink, there’s no reason not to give tea a try! So whether your morning beverage is strictly coffee or religiously water, there are undisputed benefits associated with incorporating a simple cup of tea into your diet – and with more blends, accessories, and ways to sip, giving your system a boost, your fingers some warmth and your taste buds a treat has never been more trendy or more fun!
Bags or Loose Leaf If you are a common American, you probably have a box of tea in your pantry. But if it’s been awhile since you’ve visited a tea store or even been on the tea aisle of the grocery store, you may find there are more options than ever on which type of tea to buy. First off, you need to ask yourself what type you should buy: loose leaf or bags. Teavana says, “High quality loose teas are made from the Camellia sinensis plant’s finest hand-picked buds, whole tea leaves, large pieces of leaves or a combination of these parts. The time of year and growing conditions greatly affect the quality of tea. When all of these factors are taken into account, much like a fine wine, the tea retains its distinctive flavors and characteristics. In contrast, the tea found in tea bags usually consist of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fannings (also referred to as dusts) which may give a quicker brew, but lack the subtlety and full flavor of the larger loose leaf teas.” So depending on your lifestyle, if you are in a hurry or if you have an on-the-go tea steeper, you may choose one style of tea over the other. The choice is completely personal and something to consider before you hit the store. Once you decide this, choosing where to get your tea is another question entirely . . .