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Many people attribute their early morning jolt to a cup of coffee a day! That’s not all there is in the world of warm, caffeinated beverages to get you going. Tea is of course the most consumed beverage in the world! So why doesn’t it take the mantle for most people’s drink of choice for getting you on your feet? Lower caffeine is definitely an aspect of it, but tea has a lot going for it at the end of the day. As an ode to our favorite breakfast brew, we’re going to review the best tea for mornings so you can add to your tea cupboard!
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What is the Best Tea for Mornings?
The best tea in this case is one that’s dependable, flavorful and packed full of caffeine that can really get you going. Taste plays a large factor in what will determine your favorite tea for mornings. By reviewing some of the most popular brand’s offerings, we hope to help you discover your next favorite! Personally, I like a darker and more full bodied brew that gives me just the right amount of energy to get my day started off right. Through checking out some of these other types of teas, I’ve learned there’s more than a few ways to feel energized each morning. Below we’ll discuss some of the leading brands of morning teas to find out which one takes the cake!
What’s the Benefit of Drinking Tea Every Morning?
The fact of the matter is, no matter which brand of tea lays claim as your favorite cuppa, you’re doing yourself good just by enjoying it each and every day. The reason for this is because tea is absolutely flush with antioxidants. These bad boys are absorbed into your cells and aide your body in it’s fight against infections and malignant cells. Across the board, green and oolong teas will have the highest concentration of these super-compounds. But, all teas are known to contain a relatively high amount of these compounds, making tea the perfect morning drink to enjoy everyday! Caffeine, at least moderate consumption, will also give you an element of focus, as well as alertness that can help most people through the first part of their work day. At the end of the day, the choice comes down to which taste provides you with the best motivation to start your morning.
How Much Caffeine Does the Average Cup of Tea Have?
In an 8-oz cup on the lower end, you’re likely to see something closer to 20mg of caffeine, and as high as 60% on the higher end. What does that mean for the average tea drinker? That there’s a lot of variety in your favorite beverage! What makes tea so great, is that it’s a versatile beverage that takes milk and sugar well, and can suit many different palettes.
Taylors of Harrogate, Yorkshire Tea
There’s a lot to be said about this classic, and well-loved British breakfast tea! One of which, is that it’s frequently counted around one of the most popular brands of tea consumed in the UK. Impressive, considering the sheer number of brands, (including cheaper store brands), that vy for people’s precious pounds. I’ll also add, it just happens to be my personal favorite! Brew up a cup of Yorkshire tea if you’re looking for something truly deep and robust in flavor. Personally, I enjoy it brewed for about 4 minutes, with milk. (That being said, it takes sugar and biscuits tremendously well). It comes in large quantity boxes, and provides just the right amount of energy in the morning. The lovely aroma, brought on by the blend that Taylors of Harrogate is so famously known for, includes only the highest quality black teas from select estates.
What to Expect:
- Strong yet balanced taste
- Best enjoyed with milk (sugar if desired)
- Developed from high quality black teas
As it proclaims, Barry’s Tea is indeed light and refreshing. This delicious blend is the product of an Irish based tea producer with well over a century of providing stellar and delicious teas. Barry’s has incredible value, for the strength of their brew. As a morning tea, it takes on a light and mellow flavor that is particularly well suited to drinking either black, or with milk and sugar to your desired taste. You’’ be met with the lovely taste of a blend of Indian and Aftrican black teas, lending to it’s particular mellow flavor. The inclusion of Assam black tea means very good news for people who aren’t huge fans of the morning. That might sound strange to some, but Assam tea comes with a higher than average caffeine content. All in all, you’re looking at a tea that’s great for getting you on your way, packed with a punch that will keep you feeling confident throughout the day.
What to Expect:
- A well-balanced strength tea
- Goes well black, or with milk and sugar
- Includes an invigorating blend of black teas
Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend
This green tea blend is just about one of the best things that ever happened to store bought tea blends. This is an authentic blend of green tea produced in Japan specifically for Kirkland. What’s so special about it is that it contains a lovely variety of green tea known as sencha, as well as matcha. Sencha is among the most popularly consumed teas in Japan. The reason for this is because of it’s bright, mellow and luscious taste. You can attribute this to sencha being a higher quality grade above other types of green tea from the same regions. Matcha, on the other hand, is a well-loved powdered version of sencha. The powdered tea is mixed with the sencha leaves, and immerses itself in the brew while the leaves steep.
What’s left after a short brewing time is a bright, emerald tea that requires no sweeteners or whiteners to give you a smooth and sweet taste! That’s right, it’s got a flavor of its own, providing a particular type of sweetness that comes with this type of tea. It contains only a moderate amount of caffeine however, so it may not be the first choice for those who need a little more than just a push each day.
What to Expect:
- A blend of tea that does not require milk or sugar
- Naturally sweet and vibrant taste
- Full of antioxidants
Bewley’s Dublin Morning Tea
The reason this blend makes it onto our list is because it’s one I wasn’t familiar with initially. That being said I’ve had the chance to try this Irish blend tea to tell you exactly how it’s going to fare in your cupboard! This Dublin Morning Tea is a lot like an Irish blend tea, but the dark roast version. (For the coffee lovers out there). This stuff packs a punch, in both flavor and caffeine, it’s uplifting and more than gets the job done. Enjoy this Dublin Morning Tea with milk and sugar, which makes it perfect in my opinion. One other important tasting not with this wonderful black tea is that it goes marvelously well with breakfast food. It’s strong enough to compliment a plate of eggs and bacon just as well as coffee thanks to its robust flavor.
Twinings Decaf Irish Breakfast Tea
You might have been thinking, ‘but what about the decaf folks out there?’ Well, I certainly was. Twinings delivers a punch of flavor unlike any other decaf varieties with their Irish Breakfast line. It still has the same kind of lovely, dark and strong flavor you’ve come to know from Twinings, this time without the caffeine. Like any other Irish blend, there’s a gorgeous balance of flavors, complimented very well with a bouquet of lucious tea aroma.
What to Expect:
- A deep flavor with no caffeine
- Strong taste
- Takes milk and sugar well
Celestial Seasonings Morning Thunder
If you thought Celestial Seasonings was all about herbal teas, you’re right! And they sure do a good job of it, because if you’re anything like me then your cupboard is probably full of the stuff. This is a blend which does have black tea, but also features a lesser known type of South American tea. It’s called Yerba Mate, and it’s a botanically derived herbal tea commonly drunk in those regions, one of which is for it’s incredibly invigorating effect it has on people. One cup of this stuff will really get you to where you need to be, which is interesting considering the fact that yerba mate itself is not caffeinated. The flavor is strong, but best taken on its own. This combination provides for a fragrant aroma, and energizing cup of tea that might just become your personal best tea for mornings!
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Mornings for many are frought with haste, stress and sleepiness. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be this way! Reach for any one of these teas to give yourself the energy to get up and tackle the day! What do you currently drink each morning? Coffee drinkers might find these teas to be a good way to break up their morning routine.