Drinking tea is a daily ritual for many people. But why? Why choose to drink tea when you can drink coffee? And which tea do people prefer? From hot tea to herbal teas, there are many kinds available. What is it about this versatile drink that people adore?
If you are thinking of trying tea or want to cut down on your coffee consumption in favor of something a little less jittery, this article will explain the 5 main reasons for consuming this ancient beverage.
Our own list is based on the 5 most common reasons Zest Tea drinkers give us for choosing our high caffeine drinks.
Tea leaves are incredibly versatile and 'drinking tea' doesn't just refer to one kind of tea. From green tea to oolong tea to white tea, there are plenty of flavors to explore.
One of the main reasons we find that people switch from coffee to tea is for the greater choice of flavor. If you want that rich intense flavor that you can add sugar and dairy to, then black tea is a great choice. But you can also find blends that combine tea with other flavors - like our energy tea - or unusual tea types like yerba mate and herbal tea.
Don't be put off if you've disliked tea in the past - you just haven't found the right tea type for your tastes yet!
Tea types made from the same plant - the Camellia sinensis plant, which originates in China - are a source of caffeine. The leaves harvested from tea bushes to create traditional tea types, like regular green tea or black tea, naturally contain plant compounds including numerous amino acids, antioxidants, and caffeine of course. As a general rule, herbal tea is caffeine free with the exception of yerba mate.
If you need an energy boost, then regular tea is a decent option for an afternoon tea or evening tea to keep you awake. This is because most teas generally contain a small amount of caffeine - up to 50mg for standard black tea. In comparison, an 8oz cup of drip coffee can contain over 90mg.1
At Zest, our tea range provides a bigger energy boost. If you want to maintain your high caffeine consumption but kick your coffee addiction, then try one of our hot teas or ready to drink teas. There's up to 150mg of caffeine per serving!
However, the caffeine in our tea will have a different effect on your energy levels and concentration compared to coffee. Which leads us onto L-Theanine.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that's found naturally in tea. There are many health benefits associated with this amino acid and others found in tea leaves, however it's the calming properties of L-Theanine that make drinking tea all the more popular.
While coffee provides a big hit of energy that has you bouncing off the ceiling, drinking tea is gentler whether you opt for white tea, oolong tea, or any of our black or green teas. This is due to L-Theanine slowing the onset of caffeine's energy boost. It can also reduce stress, improve creativity, and enhance focus.
This is why tea is better for your well-being and daily routine.
Many people associate tea with calmness and health, especially green tea, however L-Theanine is found in most tea types from the Camellia sinensis plant - even black tea. In our ready to drink iced teas, there's up to 100mg of L-Theanine per serving.
Our article exploring the history of tea delved into how our ancestors discovered and used this beverage for their health. But these aren't just myths. Modern research has uncovered several links between regular tea consumption and a lower risk of heart attack, improved heart health, a stronger immune system, and even the treatment of some cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
Herbal teas have varying health benefits too - learn about these in our comprehensive guide to herbal tea types.
Tea consumption in American households is steadily growing5 even though many people still love coffee. While 58% of people drink coffee to wake up in the morning,6 only 23% of people brew and consume tea daily.7
We think that should change. Tea is flavorful, versatile, easy to make, and provides a much smoother energy boost. As a result, you'll enhance your productivity and sharpen your mind to attention. It's perfect for when you have a late night study session planned, a hard workout to get through, or just another Monday in the office.
Furthermore, with Zest Tea, your brewed or ready to drink iced tea can contain just as much (or more) caffeine than a cup of coffee.
To discover which tea beverage is best to replace your morning cup of coffee, read our article Best Tea to Replace Coffee.
If you've been disappointed by tea in the past, we strongly recommend you give it another go. Unlike coffee, which is vaguely the same no matter how you brew it, tea is so versatile. There's almost nothing in common between the flavor of our Spicy Masala Chai black tea, and our fruity Superberry Samba green tea, for example.
Chances are, you just haven't found your cup of tea yet.
To create our high caffeine tea which contains up to 3x the caffeine of regular tea, we combine high quality tea leaves with additional tea extract. This enables us to naturally boost the levels of caffeine and L-theanine while retaining that delicious tea flavor.
We are also proud to use natural, non-GMO ingredients to blend tasty flavors, for both our hot tea range and iced tea cans.
That's another great thing about tea - it's available in so many different formats.
If you don't have time to slowly brew our pyramid teabags or loose leaf in hot water, then our ready to drink iced teas will be better suited to your routine. They're low to no sugar, free of artificial sweeteners, vegan, and keto-friendly too.
Explore our hot tea flavors or get better acquainted with our ready to drink beverages at Zest Tea.
Besides the 5 main reasons listed above that apply to all tea drinkers, regardless of their nationality, British people have a long history of habitually drinking tea. Tea is often offered at social gatherings in Great Britain - a chance to sit down with friends and talk over a cup. It is also considered polite to offer a guest a cup of tea when they visit your home, although this etiquette is less common with younger generations.
Drinking tea every day is a good way to rehydrate your body and enjoy some of the health benefits associated with habitual tea drinking. The key, of course, is to drink tea in moderation. The FDA recommends consuming no more than 400mg of caffeine per day8 - this is equivalent to approximately 8 cups of standard black tea, or just over 2 cups of Zest high caffeine tea.
Black tea is enjoyed for its rich and full-bodied flavor. Just like coffee, it tastes great with milk and sugar. Of the most well-known tea types, black tea is the most caffeinated with approximately 47mg per one cup (8oz).9
Green tea is relatively low in caffeine compared to black tea and coffee, however it is a rich source of amino acids and antioxidants, like EGCG, that are linked to numerous health benefits. Green tea also has a refreshing grassy flavor that some people prefer over the richness of black tea.