Three Ways to Transition From Coffee to Tea
It's kind of funny. People tend to think of you as a tea drinker or a coffee drinker, never BOTH. In fact, I have gotten many shocked looks from friends and customers when they see me sipping a cup of coffee. Now granted I do gravitate toward tea 95% of the time, but on occasion, I will enjoy a cafe au lait or a simple cup of coffee. Especially if I happen to be in New Orleans eating beignets...mmmmm beignets. Anyway, yes it is totally okay to partake of both beverages. You have my permission.
Overall though, Tea is the number two drink in the world behind water. Take a peek.
Now, if you are trying to make the transition from coffee to tea and just don't know how to get started, I'm here to help.
- Start with a Black Tea: Black Teas are fully oxidized and therefore are the darkest in color, strongest in flavor and usually contain the most caffeine. For people looking for that morning pick me up, you will still get it but in a much healthier fashion. Tea contains an amino acid called Theanine which brings a sense of calm that works with the caffeine. You will feel alert and ready to go, but not hyper and jittery. Some TEAriffic examples of transition Black Teas are:
- Try some Add ins: If you are one of those people who enjoys a splash of milk, a dollop of honey, or a spoonful of sugar in your coffee, you can absolutely add these same things to a cup of robust Black Tea. You will get the same tasty sensations and satisfying mouth feel. The beauty of tea however is that there are a host of other add ins that complement it such as a slice of lemon, a sprig of mint or a few drops of agave nectar.
- Don't faze out coffee all at once: When you first start making your transition, you don't need to cut out coffee altogether. Have your coffee and tea on alternate days or have one cup of coffee and follow it by a cup of Black Tea. You will soon find yourself craving tea and its ability to center and focus you during the day.
So don't be afraid to take the plunge into that delicious and inviting cup of tea. The health benefits alone are reason enough. You won't be sorry you did. I promise you.