Coffee Or Tea: The Great Caffeine Debate

I have been trying to drink less coffee as of late, shocker I know, but hear me out. I love coffee, but I don’t need all that caffeine and not to mention the fact that coffee dehydrates you. I am not giving up caffeine, but I am choosing to drink tea with less caffeine than coffee, for the most part. I need all the water and hydrating drinks I can get, especially with this nice weather as it is getting closer to summer. Unfortunately I can tell the different between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, and I don’t like the decaf, sorry, but I just don’t. So in lieu of my new life choice, I have been trying to drink more tea, hot, iced, latte and lukewarm, you name it, I’ve tried it.

I do like tea and I always have, but I want to find tea that I love the way I love coffee. I do love a good chai and green tea latte, but those are mostly milk based and I am trying to drink less milk. If I am drinking tea, I would like to reap the full benefits of the tea and not muck it up with milk. I do realize adding milk to tea doesn’t counter act the health benefits of tea, but it does make it a bit less healthy and a bit more fattening than if I just had plain old tea leaves and water.

Keeping that in mind, I bought some tea to drink at home; one because it gave me an excuse to go shopping, even if it was just for tea, and two, because I wanted to try out some more unique blends at home. Unfortunately I don’t live near any tea shops that I can go to on a regular basis to try out new teas. Currently I just have basic coffee shops that have the regular, green, black and herbal tea.

Excuse me for wanting more variety and excitement with my tea choices, the things I find exciting in life, might be a bit strange, but it’s my life and my tea.

So I bought a variety of teas to taste test. I bought all loose leaf tea, mostly because I like the taste of it better. I find it to be fresher and more flavorful than the tea that comes in the bags. Also, as an added bonus, it is waste free since the tea leaves can be composted and you aren’t throwing away the bag and string from your used tea bag that comes with most conventional tea.

Also you get to buy a cute, or not cute, tea infuser. This helps you to brew your tea more easily so you can remove the leaves out of your tea after it is done brewing, mess free.

Anyway I found a few teas that I have been loving, which are:

I have also hunted down a few tea shops that I like to frequent when I am out on the town. I realize that just made me sound like a sixty year old woman, with five cats, but I can assure you I don’t own any cats and I promise I do also frequent the local bars and hot spots. But who doesn’t love a good cup of tea every once and a while, am I right?

David’s Tea and Argo Tea are my two favorite places to go get tea, when I don’t feel like making it at home, or I just feel like going out and buying some tea, dammit, then walking to the nearest park to read a good book and drink my tea.

Ooh that sounds pretty great, excuse me while I go do that.

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