Did you know that tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world? However, not everyone is sipping on a hot cup of Earl Grey tea anymore. Due to tea’s popularity combined with the health and wellness scene, new trends in tea are popping up all the time. Here are some popular tea trends to look out for in order to expand your tea repertoire and reap great health benefits.
While matcha has been around for centuries and used in traditional Japanese ceremonies, it has only recently become extremely popular. Matcha is essentially green tea, however, instead of steeping the tea leaves in water, it utilizes the entire tea leaf itself by grinding it up into matcha powder. Some benefits include its high levels of antioxidants, calming effects, increases metabolism, and improves concentration.
Also known as “Golden Milk Lattes,” turmeric lattes have generated quite the buzz recently popping up in trendy coffee shops and on Instagram. However, it’s actually been around for thousands of years and most commonly used in Indian cultures. Although it is not necessarily a tea itself, turmeric blends of tea have been popping up. Turmeric is a great superfood and can help reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and prevent cell damage.
Not limited to just one type, functional teas encompass a variety of teas that have a function or purposeful health benefit. When browsing tea in the grocery store you may see blends that aid with inflammation, digestion, cleansing, energy management, sleep and ones that even reduce stress. Some functional teas include green and black tea, chamomile, ginger, lavender, and peppermint.
COLD BREW TEA
You’ve heard of cold brew coffee but have you heard of cold brew tea? This, like cold brew coffee, is a method of steeping your tea. Cold Brew Tea steeps in cold water which results in a smoother, less bitter taste. On top of taste, it also contains only half the amount of caffeine and the same amount of antioxidants compared to tea brewed in hot water. Several teas that are great for the cold brew method include green, purple, white, black, and floral infused.
Bubble Tea, also known as “Boba” is a Taiwan staple. It’s a cold, frothy drink made with milk, flavored tea, and tapioca balls or pearls found at the bottom. While popularity started in Taiwan in the 1980’s, bubble tea has gained popularity in the United States and Canada recently as well. While bubble tea does contain tea, it isn’t the most nutritious tea option as it can be loaded with sugar and some variations don’t even include tea.
This one is pretty new to the market. CBD has become so popular so fast and is now integrated into everything, from food to drinks and even beauty products. CBD is extracted from the cannabis leaf but contains no THC so it does not have any psychoactive properties and won’t get you high. Some brands offer CBD infused tea that may reduce anxiety or stress and when combined with tea, will leave you feeling more alert due to low levels of caffeine.
And the newest tea trend? PURPLE TEA! Purple tea is a new varietal of tea compared to green or black tea. We like to say purple is the new green based on how many benefits it has. Some benefits include that purple tea has more antioxidants than green tea, it increases cognitive function, fights free radicals, and can help with healthy heart function. Check out our shop page to stock up on some.
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