Having information about the best teas means you have plenty to contribute to the latest tea trend gossip. Tea is so popular because the benefits of drinking it are taking the world by storm. Tea can be enjoyed steaming hot, iced cold, sweetened or unsweetened. Today’s tea trend options are limitless.
Trendy tea bars are becoming a staple in areas once dominated by popular coffee shops.
There are 4 basic types of tea, black, green, white and oolong. What you may find surprising is there are variations and flavors of tea in the 1000’s. To view a small sample visit the tea aisle at your local grocery store.
Read on to learn more about how tea is winning over hardcore coffee drinkers.
Home grown tea
When we think of the Camellia sinensis plant, the first thought that comes to mind is tea grown in Asia. With the exploding tea trend, other countries are starting to grow tea. American tea farmers are sprouting up around the country.
Currently, 17 states have tea farms, with Hawaii being the biggest producer in the United States. Hawaii’s rich volcanic soil is closest to the plants’ native Pacific roots.
There are 15 tea farms throughout Hawaii, alone.
You can grow your own tea garden
You can grow your own Camellia sinensis plants. All you need is to live in an area with a warm climate. Imagine, stepping into your backyard and gathering a few leaves for a freshly brewed cup of tea.
Oh wait, it can take up to three years before you reap your first harvest.
If you’re not that patient consider the tea trend of windowsill herbal tea gardens.
Herbal teas are not the authentic tea grown on farms but are just as flavorful. There are so many varieties to choose from, like jasmine, lavender, lemon balm and the popular chamomile.
Locate a room in your home that receives a lot of sunlight. Make the garden spectacular by using stylish flowerpots. You can place your herbs along a windowsill or be real fancy and use a small table or cart in front of the window.
Matcha, Matcha, Matcha!
This is a powdered green tea originating in Japan. It is believed to have multiple uses as a herbal tea. Some say it helps with weight loss, while others swear by its healing affects.
This tea trend became popular in New York when it was the main feature of a exciting new tea bar. Now the drink is so trendy it has been bottled and is now sold on the shelves of your local Whole Foods store.
As good marketing goes, the beverage has taken on a life of its own and can be found in several variations. There is the fun Matcha box, a play on the juicy box for kids. Matcha latte, sparkling Matcha tea, and organic Matcha are a few of its many spin-offs.
Subscription box services
We have subscription services for make-up and other beauty products. Tell the subscription company what you like and for a monthly fee they will send a box full of goodies.
If we can trust a strangers taste with lipstick and face cream, why not also trust them to send us the latest tea trend.
Tea subscription services are growing in popularity. The number of ounces or grams that you will receive determines the price. A tea box with 12 -15 oz, can run around $20, while true connoisseurs can expect to spend about $40 a month for quantities up to 150 oz.
Some services offer more than tea in their subscription boxes. You may receive tea accessories and in addition other associated products. Expect to pay a little more for these offerings.
The high noon tea party tea trend
Grab a group of your friends, throw on your finest dress attire, white gloves a fancy hat, we’re going to have a tea party for grown-ups.
It’s a play on the custom that originated in England. Tea rooms are opening up in hotels, boutiques and tea bars, ready to serve your favorite tea and cucumber sandwiches.
Today’s high noon tea gatherings may not be as formal, but they still include tea, finger foods and desserts. The guests sit around the table sipping tea, partaking in tasty treats and chatting.
Also, the high noon tea can take place any time from late morning to late afternoon.
Tea has health benefits
Millennials lead the push for healthier lifestyles, so it is not surprising that they want teas with healthy benefits.
Herbal teas have many great health benefits and as mentioned above, you can grow them at home. Not only do herbal teas help us live healthier they also taste good.
This is one tea trend that will therefore stick around for years to come.
Here is a list of popular herbal teas and the conditions they help relieve:
- Basil – bad breath
- Chamomile – anti-inflammatory, anxiety
- Ginger – Nausea
- Lavender – stress, sleep-aid
- Lemon Balm – anxiety, headaches, insomnia
- Peppermint – cold aid, indigestion
It just tastes good
Despite all the trends listed, the number one tea trend is its delicious taste. Whether you like your tea steaming hot or served over iced cubes, tea is a light, soothing, tasty beverage.
Marketing and an expanding list of really cool flavors has made it increasingly trendy.
Some of our grandmothers placed tea bags in large glass jars full of water and set them outside to brew under the rays of the sun. They added cane sugar and fresh lemons, then served it over ice. It was the most refreshing drink ever. In many parts of the world people brew loose leaf tea in teapots and serve it hot.
Today we have tea rooms and tea bars, tea distilleries and tasting parties that serve teas that are just as refreshing.
Tea is as rich as its history and therefore remains a universal beverage around the world. It doesn’t matter if its high noon or midnight, it is never the wrong time for a cup or glass of tea.
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