Tea Tuesday: Relax With Herbal Teas
With the weather getting more than a little chilly, there’s no better time to warm up with a soothing cup of herbal tea. Making it is almost a peaceful process in and of itself—filling up a tea kettle, boiling the water, watching the tea as it steeps, and then finally, pouring it into your favorite cup. Not only has herbal tea been loved for centuries, but it has also shown to have many health benefits. You may find some herbal teas in your local grocery store, but at a hefty price tag that isn’t actually a true reflection of its quality. At CoffeeAM, we carry a selection of refreshing herbal teas at an affordable price, each with its own distinct and complex flavor profile. Here are just a few that we have brewing in our kitchens to enjoy anytime. Yerba Mate Tea Underneath the rainforest canopy in South America, lies the wild yerba-tree bush. For several centuries, a tribe of Indians known as the Guarani has been drinking the steeped juice of this plant’s leaves. The yerba leaves are dried and crushed to make a tea-like herb. Then it is commonly drunk plain or you can add sweeteners like honey or sugar. Today, it has become a South American passion, as over 300,000 tons of Yerba Mate are produced every year for consumption in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. This tea is best prepared by steeping in hot water as opposed to boiling. You will find that this allows you to infuse the same tea leaves several times, and still enjoy the tea. The flavor you can expect is strongly herbal with a bit of smokiness. Peppermint Herbal Tea Discovered 3,000 years ago in Egyptian tombs, peppermint is one of the oldest known herbs. To this day, it is used as a primary ingredient in many commercial medicinal remedies. Studies have shown that peppermint is actually useful in boosting mental capacity, and relieving local aches and pains, stress, and gastrointestinal disorders. Our peppermint herbal tea is a cooling, refreshing, and stimulating beverage with a clean and wintry flavor. Serve it hot or cold, and enjoy an aroma just as invigorating as its taste. Rooibos African Red Bush Tea In the Afrikaans language, the word ‘Rooibos’ means ‘Red Bush.’ The rooibos plant grows in South Africa, and it has a broom-like exterior and needle-shaped leaves. This tea is aptly named, as when it is steeped, Rooibos has a vibrant red appearance. Since it is naturally quite flavorful, you don’t even need to add milk or sweeteners. If you have sensitivity to caffeine, then Rooibos is the perfect choice for you, as it is caffeine-free, and you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. It has a hint of nuttiness and sweetness, as well as a delicate, yet not overpowering taste—an uncommon flavor that is not readily available in most supermarkets. It too has health benefits like preventing cell damage, and reducing the risk of serious diseases like macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Serve hot or cold, and delight in the naturally rich and robust flavor of this exotic herbal tea. The next time you are looking for a quick way to relax and recharge, take a step back, and brew yourself a calming cup of herbal tea. You’ll feel your stress melt away, reap the tremendous health benefits, and have a true tea experience. Explore our offerings at CoffeeAM today, and you’ll see why herbal teas have stood the test of time.