Speaking from experience as a current Starbucks addict, I have slowly forced myself to delve into the other warm beverage of choice – tea.  There continues to be claims of the power of tea over my beloved java so I decided I needed to see what all the fuss was about. My sister married an Englishman, and I always found amusement in her slow but inevitable slide from one team to the other (as it is really hard to play on both sides).  I’ve bought boxes, bags, a proper tea kettle and my results have been more than mixed.

I tried yerba mate for its wellness benefits (tasted like bark), orange ginger mint (too many competing tastes), the quintessential chamomile (blah) a “smooth move” one which should never be ingested if you plan on leaving you house and multiple others.  I even tried to like the “cure all” green tea, but read that you had to drink at least 5 cups (or something like that) to get any real health benefits and who has that kind of time…or bladder.

I did ultimately find two that have now become a permanent staple in my home.  The first is Good Earth Original, which is a delicious cinnamon spice delight that provides just enough caffeine to wake me up in the morning.  The other is a straight peppermint tea, which is great at warding off my sweet tooth after dinner.  I don’t know that I’ll ever be a true convert but I’ve at least I found out what all the hype was about.

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