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The weather is cold and all I want to do is snuggle up under the covers with my teddy bear and drink a hot cup of tea. Caffeine helps get us through the day and as students, it is a major part of our lives. So why not change things up a bit and try out tea instead of coffee? As a tea enthusiast, I enjoy trying new flavours and I’m always looking forward to having a hot cup of tea after I’m done studying. It feels so rewarding for me! As you read on, I will talk about 5 different flavours that are staples in my pantry.  

Earl Grey.

I love how the name sounds so fancy and I feel like an aristocrat when I sip on my cup of tea in the morning. Based on my personal experience, I have noticed that breakfast teas like this one typically tend to have a higher caffeine content. The tea itself is black and it is entirely up to you to decide whether you wish to add milk or some kind of sweetener to it. I usually add in some milk and one tablespoon of sweetener since that’s the type of tea I grew up drinking.

Green Tea.

Green tea is mostly popular when it comes to losing weight or maintaining overall good health. I admit that the green colour did not really appeal to me at first. However, at one point I decided that I would try it in an attempt to be more healthy. A quick google search about green tea shows you the health benefits associated with it. Usually, knowing that I could be reaping so many benefits makes me feel much better and it feels like my attempt at being healthy is not in vain.

Cranberry and Raspberry Tea.

Or any raspberry tea. I don’t know if it’s just because I am a tad bit obsessed with raspberries, but raspberry-flavoured teas always taste so good! You can find raspberry and pomegranate tea as well, and this one has a special place in my heart because that was the tea I would always have during my first year in residence. 

Lemon tea.

Growing up, my mother would always be sure to give me tea whenever the cold weather was approaching. I would have black tea with some slices of lemon in it. Depending on your taste, you can add in cinnamon powder or even some cardamom. I find this very helpful especially when it comes to preparing yourself for winter, when you can easily get sick. 

Peppermint tea.

This is, by far, my favourite flavour! My go-to is a cup of peppermint tea with two spoonfuls of honey. I find that the honey is not too sweet and you can still taste the peppermint. Lately, I’ve been trying peppermint and creamy vanilla tea; this one was such an unexpected combination but it tastes so nice! Adding one tablespoon of sweetener enhances the vanilla taste without changing the peppermint taste. 

These are 5 tea flavours that I thoroughly enjoy. One great thing about tea is that you can also make your own iced tea and adjust the sweetness level according to your taste. All you need to do is soak 5-6 tea bags in water overnight or for at least 4 hours, and you’re all done! You can add in ice or sugar, and there you have it: a delicious, effortless drink. 

Hi there! I'm a psychology student at the University of Waterloo. I love studying, and on the side, I am also a big fan of writing. In my free time, I am either on pinterest or I'm in the kitchen, trying out different recipes.
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