Somehow, we in America got stuck on a coffee kick that is difficult to shake. When you find yourself passing 17 Starbucks on your way to work, not to mention the coffee carts, drive-thru joints and other convenient ways to fill up your coffee mug, sometimes it isn't obvious that there are other options.
Tea is a big part of many cultures. It's part of routine, diet and in many cases, social gatherings. British folks have the right idea around 4 p.m. every day, when they gather around the tea pot for a snack and a spot of tea. The beverage that's been around for ages has tremendous benefits seeping from the tea bag.
Name your ailment and you can find a variety of tea that will help you heal it. Trouble sleeping? Try chamomile lavender. Upset stomach? Try ginger. Got the sniffles? Try echinacea eucalyptus.
Nowadays, the search for the right tea can get confusing. There are a myriad of types, colors, flavors and brands of tea. Black, Green, Red, White... what happened to Earl Grey and English Breakfast?
Let this be a guide to the types of tea available on the market today, as well as a selection of my favorites. I've sampled hundreds of teas over the years and these are--in my opinion--the best in quality, taste and nutritional value—broken down by type of tea and tagged by mood, flavor, and healing and health benefits.
First up - Black tea »