The Coffee Alternative: My Top 6 Go-to Teas

While I’m a big fan of coffee, it isn’t always the best option for my health. Additionally, I currently work as a tutor at a college, and I don’t particularly enjoy having coffee breath when I am frequently working in a close proximity to a student–I’m sure my students appreciate it when I spare them of my coffee breath as well. So, what have I found to be a great alternative? Tea. Although I’m not afraid to stick to a daily cup of English breakfast tea, there are a wide varieties of tea out there, and many of them are vegan friendly. Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorites:

  1. Twining’s Irish Breakfast Tea. Something that you will learn very quickly from this post is that I am a huge fan of the English tea brand Twining’s, and this tea specifically is my favorite go-to tea of all time. In fact, I have been purchasing it for years. Why? Most people seem to enjoy it, so it’s a great tea to have on hand for guests. It also makes a great hot or cold tea and isn’t too bitter or light–it’s just right.
  2. Twining’s English Breakfast Tea. This is undoubtedly the most well-known tea produced by Twinning’s, but for me, it is secondary to the Irish breakfast tea. It’s a little bit more bitter, but it makes a great alternative if you want something a little different but want to stay within the black tea family.
  3. Twining’s Lemon & Ginger Tea. Feeling a bit under the weather? Since I’ve been sick a lot this year, many people have suggested that I drink lots tea with lemon, ginger, and honey (Fyi, these are the people who don’t understand that vegans don’t eat honey…). This tea is an awesome alternative because it comes with two of those ingredients already in it, so you won’t have to add them yourself. Instead of honey, I highly recommend adding some Madhava Agave.
  4. Bigelow’s Green Tea with Pomegranate. While Bigelow is a much more inexpensive tea brand than Bigelow’s, it’s one of my favorite brands of tea, since they offer some unusual green teas, like his one. If you’re wanting a tea that tastes almost like juice, this is the one for you. This one is also great if you’re not a big fan of green tea but want the health benefits associated with it–this tea is much more sweet than bitter, and it tastes great cold as well!
  5. Uncle Lee’s Organic Green Tea. If you’re looking for a more traditional green tea, this one’s for you. It’s also organic and inexpensive. I drink a lot of tea, and it takes me quite a while to go through an entire box of Uncle Lee’s. It’s very mild for a tea in general but is even more subtle than most green teas. I should note that this one also makes a wonderful iced tea and is particularly delicious when paired with strawberries–check out my post on how to make green tea with strawberries.
  6. Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. As someone who absolutely loves green tea, matcha is a go-to option if I’m wanting something a bit more strong. To tone down the flavor, and to make my tea taste a bit like a green tea latte, lately, I’ve been combing a spoonful of match with some hot almond milk. On a side note, matcha makes an awesome addition to smoothies, yogurts, and ice creams as well.

If you have any questions about these teas specifically, or experiences with them, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. I am also taking part in a health challenge on Facebook with some friends, and for week one, we are to drink a cup of dandelion tea, as well as a cup of lemon balm tea, each day. I hope to update you all on that soon as well! Are there any teas that you enjoy that haven’t been mentioned here?

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8 thoughts on “The Coffee Alternative: My Top 6 Go-to Teas

    1. Yes, they sell all of these in stores in America! In fact, it’s a lot cheaper to get all of these at your local grocery store than on Amazon. Honestly, I buy most of them from my local Walmart.

  1. I have a ‘tea ceremony’ every morning and most evenings and will also be writing a blog post about it as its such an important part of my day, and tea is often overlooked for its health benefits.

    I now tend to buy loose ingredients in bulk and make my own blends depending on what my body needs that day… I usually start the day with peppermint, chamomile and limeflower – I also have dandelions from the garden as well as lemon balm from the garden!

    A great bedtime blend for me is Lavender, Hops, chamomile, Limeflower and hemp of which I use a big glass teapot and add larger quantites than what a teabag would provide – I also light a candle inside a teapot warmer so that I can enjoy the tea slowly over the course of an hour and use that time for mindfulness and grounding myself.

    Another great tea habit that I highly recommend is to get a ‘flowering tea set’ – a glass teapot and balls of green flowering tea that literally opens up and blossoms as the water soaks into it – perfect for a mindful tea ceremony!

    1. Hi Amanda, this is awesome! This would be a great thing for me to start incorporating into my daily routine as well! 🙂 Where do you purchase your teas in bulk from? I will definitely try some of the teas you have mentioned and keep an eye out for a ‘flowering tea set’–that sounds like such a relaxing experience! Where do you recommend that I get one? I really look forward to reading more about this on your blog in the near future. 🙂

      1. Hi Candice

        I’m in the UK so will have different suppliers than you.. but what I usually do is use Amazon and eBay as a kind of directory to look up the different products, then find the suppliers websites from there & purchase directly from them. It’s amazing how much more you get for your money this way rather than buying tea bags or small tins of loose teas.

        I did buy my blooming/flowering tea sets from Amazon, actually have bought a few as they make great gifts! I would recommend having 2 different glass teapots, one smaller one for when it’s just you, and then a really big one for when you have visitors and can put 2 flowering tea balls into it. Also be carful to buy a teapot without any filter chamber in it for full blossoming effect, you can get a pot with the little metal coil filter that sits in the spout, then the teapot can be used for your other loose blends too.

        Enjoy!

      2. Amanda,

        I will definitely check out Amazon–they seem to have everything! 🙂 Thank you a gain for the awesome recommendations. I will post an update when I am able to acquire and test them for myself. 🙂

        Candace

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