I didn’t really get into the swing of tea drinking until I was living in Japan and I started craving it every time I had a heavy greasy meal or I wanted a subtle caffeine jump to finish an essay for the night. I really have grown to like floral teas (jasmine, rose are my favorite), green teas, and Black Teas. I am sure you have heard the blah blah about green tea but few talk about black teas and its benefits. To begin, Black and Green tea are the same in that they come from the same tea bush but Black tea is different in that it is rolled up after picking to ferment before being heated to stop the fermenting process. Green tea doesn’t get that fermenting process and as a result each tea has their own beneficial elements i.e. higher/lower levels of catechins, tannins, etc.
Unlike high levels of caffeine found in coffee, the low amounts in black tea promote blood flow in the brain without over stimulating the heart
I prefer Black tea on the whole because it has a little bit more of a caffeine punch and it is also credited with such benefits like: increasing cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, increasing your metabolism, boosting your immune system, etc.
I prefer the Nepalese organic Black and Green Tea mix from Mountain Rose Herbsso then you get the best of both worlds. It is loose tea so I use a metal tea strainer to make the tea. I love tea without the sugar, just like how I like my coffee black, but I think this tea would be heavenly even if you add some type of sweetener as well. It's so fragrant!