Whether you’re looking for something to perk you up in the morning or power you through a long day and into the night, tea can be a great way to increase energy and alertness. A hearty breakfast blend can get your day off to a good start, while energising herbal varieties can be a great option when you’re looking for a boost that won’t keep you up all night.
1. BLACK TEA
Black tea is a classic morning pick-me-up for a reason. This tea is one of the most highly caffeinated kinds of tea, and contains about half as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Whether you enjoy a breakfast blend like English Breakfast or Earl Grey in the morning, or a variety of different flavoured blends like Kashmiri chai and Lychee black, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to energising black teas. Black tea can be enjoyed on its own, or with added milk and sweetener for a classic English cuppa.
2. PU-ERH TEA
Pu-erh Tea is an aged, partially fermented black tea that originates from the Pu-erh region of China. These aged teas are dark, rich, and decadent, and brew up a deep reddish-black colour similar to that of a strong cup of coffee. The aging process reduces the tannins present in the tea, so pu-erhs are velvety smooth, with a full body and satisfying finish. Pu-erh teas are also high in caffeine, containing about half as much as coffee per cup. They hold up well to the addition of a splash of milk for a nourishing and energising cup!
Matcha is produced from shade-grown green tea leaves, which are stone-ground into a fine powder. Matcha is traditionally prepared by whisking up the powder with hot water in a bowl, but can also be enjoyed when added to smoothies, lattes, and baked goods. Because when you drink matcha you’re consuming the entire tea leaf, rather than an infusion of tea leaves, matcha contains a concentrated amount of the many healthful and energising properties of green tea. In particular, matcha is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee. The shading process also elevates the levels of both caffeine and l-theanine in the tea, resulting in a stimulating, energising tea that is said to contribute to clarity and focus.
4. GINGER TEA
Ginger has been used in herbal and ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and imparts a pleasantly sweet, spicy taste to teas and herbal infusions. Ginger has been shown to increase energy, attention and cognitive abilities. Many traditional tea blends incorporate ginger, including herbal and caffeinated chai blends like Kashmiri. Other popular herbal teas with ginger include golden turmeric and sunrise