What is the Best Tea to Drink in the Morning?

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Just like the majority of people, I love a tea (or coffee!) first thing in the morning as it helps to provide a much needed wake up boost. But what is the BEST tea to drink in the morning? Is tea better than herbal tisanes, or maybe kombucha is beneficial first thing, perhaps coffee is the ideal choice? Read on to find out more about the ultimate drinks to enjoy at breakfast time…

Morning Time Tea: Which Teas are Best?

Around 80% of the British public start off their morning routine off with a lovely cuppa

Common Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about which teas are best first thing in the morning:

Is it Good to Drink Tea in the Morning?

Tea is a great way to start the day, after all over 80% of the British public start off their morning routine this way! Tea contains caffeine, antioxidants and l-theanine, all of which can aid in a positive brain and body boost. A brain and body boost is often much needed to kick start the day the right way.

Read More: Do Brits Really Drink a lot of Tea?

Is it Better to Drink Coffee or Tea First Thing?

Caffeinated drinks just like tea and coffee can have positive and negative effects on us. Caffeine can benefit us by improve cognitive function, boost alertness and aid in motor skill ability which makes having a cup of tea or coffee a great way to start the day. Research even suggests that for some individuals, caffeine can be used as a mood modulator or anti-depressant. On the down side, too much caffeine can increase anxiety, bring on the jitters and affect sleep patterns.

The caffeine in tea can have more of a positive effect on our bodies than the caffeine that’s found in coffee. The caffeine, the antioxidants plus the l-theanine found in tea can help to boost energy levels and promote calmness all at the same time.

Read More: Caffeine in Tea vs Coffee

What Kind of Tea is Good to Drink in the Morning?

Of the 100 million cups of tea made in the UK everyday 98% are black teas with milk and sugar. 54% of tea drinkers prefer English breakfast, followed by 18% preferring Earl grey, both of which are blended black teas designed to be taken with milk. Adding milk often helps with digestion as tea can sometimes cause discomfort on an empty stomach. For those wanting something a little different to the black tea varieties, matcha is a strongly concentrated green tea that can be taken with milk or any dairy free milk of choice.

Read More: Best Milk Alternatives for Tea

Is Black Tea Good for the Gut?

Tea, black tea in particular, has been reported to help improve gut microbiome. Black tea is fully oxidised whereas other types such as green or white are not. The oxidisation process allows the tea leaves to ferment in which changes the type of flavonoids (antioxidants). Black tea flavonoids are not easily absorbed in the gut which makes them hang around for longer which can positively impact the bacteria found in the gut.

Read More: Teas to Help Digestion

What Caffeine Free Tea is Best?

Alternatively, naturally caffeine free rooibos can be taken with a dash of milk and enjoyed in the same way as a regular cup of black tea. Other herbal teas enjoyed in the morning include mint, ashwagandha, tulsi and a lemon and ginger infusion. Yerba mate is also a popular morning tisane but it is not naturally caffeine free.

Is Kombucha Good on an Empty Stomach?

Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains beneficial probiotics. Some studies show that drinking kombucha on an empty stomach can help aid in digestion and balance gut bacteria. Plus the anti-inflammatory probiotics found in kombucha may also help to boost our mental health.

Read More: Kombucha Questions and Answers

What is the Best Tea in the Morning for Weight Loss?

All tea contains caffeine, antioxidants and l-theanine. Different types of tea will contain different amounts of these chemicals. Tea contains a catechin (an antioxidant) called EGCG. EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate comes with health boosting benefits including aiding in weight loss. Matcha green tea contains higher amounts of EGCG and caffeine than in other types of tea. This study on matcha even suggests that the number of catechins in matcha could possibly be up to 137 times higher than those in green tea! If matcha is combined with a healthy diet and exercise programme, it could help with fat burning.

Read More: Is Matcha Green Tea Good for Weight Loss?

Is Chamomile Tea Good to Drink in the Morning?

Many people enjoy chamomile tea before bedtime to help unwind, relax and promote calmness after a busy day. Chamomile has been used for centuries as a healing herb. Chamomile is naturally caffeine free and as such can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. Making a hot cup of soothing chamomile tea is a great way to start the day for those wanting a gentle healthy cuppa. Chamomile has also been used for the longest time to help aid in the relief of troublesome period pains. The antioxidant called patuletin found in the herb is known as an analgesic, meaning for pain relief. This wonderful tisane can help de-stress and de-cramp making it a brilliant choice of tea when you have your period.

My Top 10 Teas to Drink in the Morning

1. Black Tea

What is black tea? Black tea is Britain’s No.1 tea of choice and us Brits apparently love English breakfast the most! Black tea is generally higher in caffeine than other types of tea and perfect for a morning wake up. English breakfast is a traditional blend made with teas from Assam, Ceylon, Kenya and sometimes Keemun. Other types of black teas that work as a proper cuppa for breakfast include Earl grey and masala chai. Try making a deliciously indulgent coconut chai latte for a morning or mid-morning pick me up. Alternatively, this milk tea with brown sugar is utterly delectable!

Read More: How to Make a Tea Latte

2. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is a special type of Japanese green tea that’s grown and processed in a way so that the leaf retains its bright green colour and wonderful fresh taste. Matcha is a concentrated powder made from the whole leaf and is high in caffeine. Add a dash of milk to your next cuppa, try this matcha rose latte, or on hot days, why not enjoy this iced matcha latte.

Read More: How to Mix Matcha Without a Whisk

3. Yerba Mate

Yerba mate, pronounced ‘yer-buh mar-tee’, is a traditional herbal drink from South America. Yerba mate is naturally high in caffeine and provides a great morning boost. Yerba mate isn’t for everyone as it does have a very distinctly strong taste that can be likened to bitter cacao or smoky cigars. Just like a bulletproof coffee, you can also have a bulletproof yerba mate. This high fat and high caffeine drink is great for the first drink of the day. Alternatively, you can enjoy this yerba mate sour cocktail BUT you may want to save this recipe for later in the day, or opt for the old saying ‘it’s 6 o’clock somewhere in the world!’

Read More: Why is Yerba Mate so Popular?

4. Kombucha

Kombucha is an interesting sour fizzy cider-like tasting drink made from fermented tea. Many people home brew their own kombucha by firstly making the mother, also known as the SCOBY. The live cultures in the SCOBY feed off the sugary black tea and ferment to create wondrous kombucha. Kombucha does minimally contain both caffeine and alcohol but also contains beneficial probiotics.

Read More: How to Make Kombucha at Home

5. Moroccan Mint Tea

Traditional Moroccan mint tea is made from just 3 ingredients: Chinese gunpowder green tea, fresh spearmint/nana mint and lots of white sugar. Gunpowder is named so because the tea is rolled into gunpowder shaped pellets that unravel when steeped. This tea is super refreshing and aromatic plus it pairs utterly well with pastries, danishes or any sweet breakfast treat. This tea is also delicious when made iced!

Read More: How to Make Fresh Moroccan Mint Tea

6. Oolong Tea

Oolong tea falls between black and green tea. Different types of oolong are oxidised at different levels and some will be darker, richer and bolder than others. If you are looking for a tea with similar caffeine levels to black tea and similar antioxidant levels to green tea, this one is for you! I especially love Oriental beauty oolong also known as Dongfang Meiren or bug bitten tea. This unique tea is made by allowing leaf hopper insects to feast on the leaves which partially oxidises the tea making the taste delicately sweet and delicious.

7. Rooibos

Rooibos, pronounced ‘ROY-BOSS’ is a naturally caffeine free herbal tea from South Africa thats enjoyed just as Brits enjoy hearty black tea. Rooibos has a sweet honey and nutty like taste and is strong enough to add milk and sugar. Rooibos combines well with many other flavours and can be blended with lots of other herbs such as vanilla, cinnamon, mint and chocolate.

Read More: What are the Health Benefits of Rooibos

8. Lemon and Ginger Tea

Many people swear by drinking hot lemon each morning. Lemon is often used to help flush the body of toxins. Lemon compliments the flavour of ginger and a drizzle of honey too. Adding ginger can help soothe digestion. If you love the taste of ginger with lemon, you may also love this recipe for fresh hibiscus tea with ginger, lemon and honey.

Read More: How to Make a Tummy Soothing Tisane with Lemon and Ginger

9. Ashwagandha Tea

Ashwagandha has been used in Ayurveda medicine for centuries and is known as an adaptogenic herb, which is an anti-stress herb. The taste of ashwagandha is often described as horsey-hoofey and is an acquired taste. To make this herb taste better in tea, adding a squeeze of honey, maple syrup or agave is recommended. Alternatively, add a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha to a sweet milk tea or to a warming soothing moon milk. Moon milks are designed to be taken before bed but they are naturally caffeine free and contain health boosting herbs that can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night.

Read More: Benefits & Side Effects of Ashwagandha Tea

10. Flowering Tea

Beautiful flowering tea has to be on this list! What better way to start the day than by watching a pretty flowering tea ball unravel before your eyes. The act of making tea can be therapeutic and meditative which is a calming and tranquil way to wake up. Flowering teas are hand-made dried flowers wrapped in tea leaves. They unravel in freshly boiled water and are hypnotic to watch them brew in a glam glass teapot. Sometimes flowering teas can have a slightly bitter taste as the water temperature needs to be high for them to unravel so a sprinkle of white sugar is highly recommended. Enjoy this enchanting tea with a huge stack of sweet maple pancakes or cinnamon french toast. Yummy!

If you love flower teas, you may also love making fresh flower tea with these guides to making the best teas from fresh and dried flowers:

Do you have a favourite morning time tea? Let me know in the comments below!

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