I think I must be some kind of hot drink junkie.
I love my coffee. And I also love tea.
To me, it’s not important which is the nation’s favourite. What matters is that both are in plentiful supply and can offer something for all tastes, moods, occasions and times of the day.
The range available to the online shopper, the enthusiast, the explorer, the aficionado continues to grow. It’s an exciting time if you enjoy a daily brew.
What’s most satisfying is the quality of cuppa being provided – both with coffee and tea.
Let’s take tea just for a moment…
It’s definitely back in fashion, as infusions and herbal teas take the nation by storm.
We’re no longer stuck with watery brown builders’ tea – with or without two sugars. Today we have black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea and more. They all come from the same plant so they share similar qualities.
What makes each individual tea unique or different in look and taste… is the way they are grown, harvested and prepared.
I’m not an expert in all the science stuff but here are some reasons why your favourite cuppa is good for you.
Get ready for some technical terms – and my layman’s attempts to explain them.
Tea, like fruit and vegetables is a natural source of polyphenols and flavonoids – which provide active antioxidant properties.
In case you weren’t sure, that’s a good thing,
Each type of tea offers antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral benefits because of the polyphenols – or natural plant compounds – within them.
Polyphenols in tea include catechins, theaflavins, tannins and flavonoids. Each tea has its own individual benefits.
People are having fun selecting different teas for different health benefits – and because they love the taste.
Green Tea (including Japanese Sencha)
High-end green teas, such as the Japanese Sencha, are popular because of their herbal and health qualities.
The list of its suggested and factual benefits is pretty long.
It is said green tea boosts metabolism, relieves stress, improves the skin, slows aging, decreases cancer growth, improves brain function, protects from brain diseases, reduces heart disease risk and reverses diabetes.
Personally, I love the ‘clean’ taste of the Japanese Sencha. It has floral hints and a sweet buttery feel in the mouth.
This naturally caffeine-free tea is an excellent refresher, best known for its soothing and calming effects. One drink that can help you get a good night’s sleep.
Chamomile is also believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting properties. Plus, it’s said to have other health benefits.
It brews into a light gold colour. The perfect nightcap or a refreshing thirst quencher when served as iced tea. You can find it in the JayandCo range of fine world teas.
Earl Grey (bergamot)
Earl Grey tea is one for the British – and so it this classic.
Studies suggest theaflavins are just as useful as antioxidants. In plain speak, that means black tea is good for you.
Some reach for the classic English Breakfast or a more spiced black chai tea but for the highest health benefits you may see people opt for the Earl Grey.
Peppermint tea is delicious and regarded as having health and beauty benefits as well.
Helps with relaxation, reduces stress and can be taken to ease sleep.
The Peppermint tea at JayandCo offers deep menthol notes with strong herbal qualities (those good old antioxidants called flavonoids are at it again here).
It can get your metabolism going in the morning and is said to help weight loss. Good for digestion, upset stomachs and bloating. A booster for your immune system plus the bonus of being good for keeping your breath fresh. What more can you ask for?
Ginger tea has strong health properties. It can be served on its own or with the likes of lemongrass (for energy), lime, cinnamon, garlic, peppermint, honey and more.
Just on its own, this brew is good for easing nausea; a positive aid in digestion; a reliever of bloating; a reducer of inflammation (in muscles and joints, for example); and a decongestant for the common cold. Good for circulation in general.
Ginger’s strong medicinal qualities do come with that spiced-up taste, of course. That’s why you see some people go for a sweet flavour combo to smooth out those ginger edges in their tea. You take it how YOU like it.
Fruit tea is leading the way when it comes to the resurgence of tea drinking.
People get to enjoy a sweet, balanced flavour without the fizzy-drink drawbacks. It’s why Millennials are swooping in on it and making it trendy, too.
Our own Berry compote tea at JayandCo is an aromatic blend of strawberries, rhubarb and blue-black blackberries. It’s a perfect pick-me-up.
Berry tea is very good for you in many ways.
Good for the immune system. Good for your heart. Good for your bones. Less caffeine than coffee and packed with all those lovely antioxidants the health experts keep going on about.
This is the distinctive red bush tea from South Africa. Pronounced ‘roy-boss’ , this colourful offering presents credible health credentials.
It’s caffeine-free, low in tannins and high in antioxidants.
People consider it to have numerous health benefits. These include helping bone health, lowering heart disease risk and reducing inflammation. Rooibos also gets thumbs up from many for weight loss, and healthy skin and hair.
At JayandCo, you can choose a Rooibos that is sweet and refreshing with a vanilla flavouring to add some spice to the scent and taste.
And these are just the beginning. As I said, the range is expanding – with herbal teas leading the fightback against coffee. If you love both types of brew, as I do, it just gets better and better. You can explore our range of teas here.