The official arrival of winter means one thing, it's tea time. There's nothing quite like a steaming bag of your brew of choice to get you through the afternoon. To celebrate the arrival of tea weather, we've tracked down Brisbane's best tea shops, cafes to grab a pot, and got the scoop on your favourite blends. Happy sipping!
Where to buy tea in Brisbane
On the hunt for the perfect bag? Or prefer your pot ready made and waiting for you? We've got you sorted.
Tlicious in South Bank have over 150 types of teas for sale, as well as tea paraphenalia, so you'll be hard pressed choosing your favourite brew. In the city, The Tea Centre has been known to lure passers by off the street with their stunning smelling teas, which come in both organic blends and exotic flavours.
If you'd prefer someone to do the hard work for you, Bacchus serve a selection of Harney & Sons teas (these teas are a big deal in England — and you know the Brits take thier tea seriously), which you can enjoy with their decadent high tea spread. Slightly Twisted Refreshment Lounge in Nundah is home to every beverage you could want, but their range of teas is fab' all on its own. And Three Monkeys Coffee and Tea House in West End is a stalwart in the Brisbane tea scene. Their delightful range of sweet treats is the perfect accompaniment to a spot of tea, and the best antidote we know of to a the winter blues.
What's Your Flavour?
Black tea is, of course, the most common variety of tea, and who doesn't love a bag of Liptons? Research has shown that people who drink three or more cups of black tea daily may reduce their risk of stroke by a whopping 21 percent! If that's not enough of an incentive, black tea has high concentrations of the antioxidant compounds known as theaflavins and thearubigins, which have been linked to lower levels of cholesterol.
Green tea, which possess a more delicate flavour than black, contains about 25 mg of caffeine per cup… that's quite a bit, so go easy on the brewing before bed time. Green tea is full of antioxidants called catechins, which may ward off everything from cancer to heart disease. One study in particular found that each daily cup of green tea consumed may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent.
Oolong has a rich taste and is said to aid in weight loss through activating an enzyme responsible for dissolving triglycerides, the form of dietary fat that's stored in fat cells…you'll just have to trust us on this one!
With a mild flavor and less caffeine, white tea is another health multi-tasker. It offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas, and some research suggests that it may offer benefits to diabetes sufferers.
If we're getting technical, herbal teas are not actually teas at all — they're usually some combination of dried fruits, flowers, and herbs. Herbal varieties contain no caffeine, so you really can have as much as we like. The health benefits you can get from a herbal tea depends on the variety; There is some evidence to suggest that chamomile tea may promote sleep and that peppermint tea may calm the stomach.
Flavoured teas have the same levels of antioxidants and the same health benefits as unflavored versions. Those flavoured with superfruits, such as blueberries, may contain even more antioxidants. Steer clear of the sweetened variety.
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