The coffee and tea debate has always felt so strange to me. Give me all the hot beverages in the morning, when I’m not feeling well, when I need to relax. My tea collection is extensive, and to a lot of guests’ surprise, it’s mostly caffeine-free. I’ve discussed a little about why I don’t drink caffeine before. But today I’m sharing some of my favorite decaffeinated and naturally caffeine-free tea bags that I always have on hand in my collection.
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When I can’t decide what kind of tea to have, I usually end up going with peppermint. I like that it’s an easy and uncomplicated flavor to enjoy, but that you can also find it as an ingredient in fun blends. When it’s steeping, peppermint tea is my favorite to just hold and breathe in the aroma.
If you are looking for the perfect tea to have of cup of later in the evening or just before bed, try chamomile. This tea has been used as a natural remedy for insomnia and relaxation. Although there isn’t much data to back that up, it always makes me feel calmer, just smelling it and breathing in the steam.
Rooibos or redbush tea is made from the leaves of the plant of the same name, which naturally contains no caffeine. It’s a good alternative to black or green tea, since it’s often served in the same manner. I like rooibos with milk and sugar, or combined with other herbal flavors.
Try: TJ’s Red Rooibos Herbal Blend, Numi Chocolate Rooibos
When I’m battling a cold, I use tea as my primary means of managing my symptoms, so I really like having a few different flavors on hand that add a little more than just being a hot liquid. I always feel like the ginger can clear out stuffiness, and it’s often paired with lemon that soothes my sore throats.
Seasonal Fruity Blends
These can get really fun and unique, so I like to keep a few varieties around depending on the season. Citrus blends for winter, berries in spring, peach in the summer, and apple for fall are the main flavors I look for. I like to experiment to see how different companies balance out the fruits with other seasonal florals and spices.
Decaf Black Teas
These can be tough, so be careful. The decaffeinating process can add some flavors to tea that are undesirable. For example, I’d stay away from decaf Irish Breakfast, as I’ve had more than one brand that just didn’t translate. However, black teas with more robust or aromatic flavors can work well. Plus your guests will appreciate the options!
What are your favorite types of caffeine free tea? There are so many options out there, and they are perfect for enjoying yourself, or having available for guests who don’t consume caffeine.