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Chocolate Tea to Sate Your Sweet Tooth

Margaret Wack

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What is Chocolate Tea?

If you’re looking for a little chocolate to keep you in good spirits, a chocolate tea might be the perfect thing. These naturally sweet teas make the perfect cup whether you’re in the mood for a taste of decadent dessert, or are just looking for something sweet to treat yourself with. And with far fewer calories than real chocolate, they can be a guilt-free way to enjoy a little something special.

Chocolate has been used for thousands of years, both for its medicinal benefits as well as for its taste. Chocolate-infused drinks originated in Mesoamerica, where cacao was a commodity in high demand. Mayan, Aztec, and Olmec civilizations in Central and South America all grew, traded for, and consumed the highly sought after item. In English, the word “chocolate” derives from the Nahuatl word xocolatl, which refers to the drink made by combining cacao and water. Chocolate was spread from the Americas to Europe, Asia, and Africa after European colonization and conquest. Today, whether consumed as a beverage or as a confection, chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world!

When people talk about chocolate tea, they’re usually referring to tea that has chocolate, cacoa nibs, or cocoa powder added to it for a rich, chocolate-y flavor. Chocolate teas can be made with true teas from the camellia sinensis plant, or added to herbal teas like rooibos or mate. Whether you’re looking for something sweet to perk you up in the morning or sip as you wind down at the end of the day, chocolate teas are rich, soothing, and hit the spot when you’re in the mood for something sweet!

Health Benefits of Chocolate Teas

Teas made with cacao and chocolate have a wide variety of health benefits. Chocolate and cacao contain flavanols that help to protect the heart and lower blood pressure, making them a great choice for people trying to incorporate heart-healthy foods into their diet. Chocolate teas may also have positive effects on treating diabetes, reducing heart disease, and improving overall heart health. Chocolate and cacao are also high in antioxidants, helping to reduce free radicals in the body, promoting cellular health and even helping to ward off certain types of cancer. While chocolate itself is calorically dense, chocolate teas can be a great way to enjoy the flavor of chocolate with far fewer calories.

Our Chocolate Teas

If you’re looking for a caffeinated cup, an herbal tea to end the day with, or are just looking for something sweet and tasty, we have a variety of chocolate teas to choose from that are sure to sate your sweet tooth and warm you from the inside out!

Coco Loco

This tasty brew includes black tea, shredded coconut, and cacoa nibs for a sweet treat that’s sure to boost your spirits whenever you brew up a cup. Our Coco Loco tea is velvety-smooth and naturally sweet, with no added sugar or other sweeteners. Coco Loco contains a moderate amount of caffeine, so we recommend enjoying it in the morning if you’re sensitive to caffeine. This is a delicious, decadent tea that is as aromatic as it is downright tasty! Enjoy it on its own, or with a splash of milk and a dash of sugar for an added touch of sweetness.

Nutty Mocha Mate

Mate is an herb that’s grown in South America and is popular in countries like Chile and Argentina. While it does contain caffeine, many people experience the effects of the caffeine present in mate differently than they experience the caffeine in tea or coffee, reporting a sustained, uplifting effect that boosts concentration and mental acuity. Our Nutty Mocha Mate is a blend of toasted mate, dark chocolate chips, sunflower petals, and hazelnut that brews up into a rich, sweet cup full of chocolate-y goodness. If you’re a fan of all things mocha, this tea is sure to hit the spot!

Chocolate Mint Rooibos

This rooibos tea flavored with peppermint, cacao bean pieces, and calendula has the bright, sweet flavor of an after-dinner mint chocolate. Whether you’re looking to indulge in dessert without the calories, or are just in the mood for a sweet, soothing, caffeine-free cup, Chocolate Mint Rooibos is a popular chocolate tea that’s sure to brighten up your day. Rooibos, an herb that is primarily grown in South Africa, tastes somewhat similar to black tea but is naturally caffeine-free, making it a great choice for those who are sensitive to caffeine.

Chocolate Strawberry

All the flavor of fresh strawberries dipped in decadent chocolate in one little cup! This blend of cocoa peel, strawberry, apple, rose hips, hibiscus, orange peel, and calendula is a sweet, slightly tart tea that’s sure to hit the spot when you’re craving a little sweetness in your life. In addition to all the health benefits of cocoa, a cup of Chocolate Strawberry also contains all of the benefits of hibiscus, a popular floral tea ingredient known for its high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Whether you’re looking for a little morning pick-me-up or a cup of tea with dessert, these chocolate teas are just the thing for a sweet, soothing cup that’s sure to bring a smile to your face.

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Breakfast Brews: 6 Great Teas for a Morning Cup

Margaret Wack

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Wake Up to a Cup of Tea

While coffee may the traditional morning staple for many Americans, more and more people are turning to tea as a healthier, less harsh alternative for a morning cup. Whether you’re looking for a stimulating, caffeinated morning brew, or are looking to incorporate a caffeine-free option into your morning routine, these teas are sure to prepare you for the day ahead!

Caffeinated Cuppa

If you’re looking for a little extra boost in the morning, a cup of tea is the way to go. With roughly half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, tea is stimulating and energizing without any of the harshness of many coffees.

  1. Irish Breakfast

    For those looking for a strong, rich cup of morning tea, Irish Breakfast is a sure-fire winner. Its finely-ground tea leaves pack a punch in terms of flavor and caffeine, and hold up well to the addition of milk and sugar. A classic breakfast tea beloved of tea devotees and novices alike, Irish Breakfast is a wonderful tea to start the day with!

  2. Caramel Pu-erh

    Even if you’re a regular tea drinker, you may not be familiar with pu-erh tea. An aged, fermented tea with a long history in China, pu-erh tea is a dark, rich tea with a characteristic smoothness and none of the tannic bite of a typical black. We love Caramel Pu-erh with a splash of milk for hearty, slightly sweet morning cup.

  3. Nutty Mocha Mate

    While yerba mate does contain caffeine, it’s not technically a tea, and is instead produced from a species of holy plant native to South America. Popular in countries like Argentina and Chile, mate is traditionally drunk out of a gourd with a hollow straw known as a bombilla. If you’re looking for a stimulating, energizing cup with a bright mocha flavor, our Nutty Mocha Mate is sure to hit the spot.

Energizing Herbals

If you’re looking to steer clear of caffeine entirely, there are a bunch of herbal options to perk you up! Caffeine-free teas don’t have to sacrifice on flavor, as evidenced by these tasty herbal alternatives.

  1. Atomic Gold

    Atomic Gold is spicy and sweet, warm and soothing, the perfect thing to start the day with! A blend of ginger, turmeric, licorice root, lemongrass, and lemon and orange essential oils, Atomic Gold is packed full of healthy properties that set you up for the day ahead.

  2. Alice’s Peppermint Party

    Start the morning off right with a party in a cup! Alice’s Peppermint Party is a stimulating blend of peppermint, ginger, rose, apple, and almond that will wake you up with its refreshing minty flavor and lingering spice and sweetness.

  3. Rooibos Chai

    If you’re looking for the characteristic flavor of a chai without any of the caffeine, the Rooibos Chai is a great alternative with a satisfying spice. Blending naturally caffeine-free rooibos with traditional chai spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves, Rooibos Chai is great on its own or with milk and honey.

No matter what kind of tea strikes your fancy, it can be a wonderful ritual to incorporate into your morning. Start your day with a cup of tea today!

Best Teas for Coffee Drinkers

Margaret Wack

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Switching from Coffee to Tea

Whether you’re a coffee lover trying to kick the habit, or simply interested in switching up your daily routine, tea can be a wonderful alternative for a morning pick-me-up. More and more people are turning to tea as a soothing but stimulating way to start their day off on the right foot. Packed with antioxidants and rich in other vitamins and minerals, tea is full of health benefits, too. But with so many teas to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start! Here are just a few of the teas we recommend for coffee drinkers interested in branching out:

Indian Black Tea

Indian black teas make a great alternative to coffee, as they brew up dark and strong, have a full body, and are high in caffeine. While Chinese blacks tend to be mellower and more delicate, Indian blacks have a little bite to them, and with about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, they still pack a punch in terms of morning energy. They are delicious taken black, or with added milk and sugar.

Our Irish Breakfast, a blend of Assam and Tanzanian teas, is a robust breakfast tea that’s sure to please those who are looking for the strength and richness of a cup of coffee, with the added benefits of tea. Irish Breakfast tea leaves are especially fine, and they brew up a strong, dark cup. Our Assam, a rich black tea grown in the Assam region of India and traditionally used in many breakfast blends, is another great option.

Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh teas, like black teas, have about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, making them another excellent candidate for a morning cup. Unlike black teas, however, pu-erh is lightly fermented, giving it a deep black color and luxurious, earthy taste and texture that’s sure to appeal to those fond of the depth and richness of good coffee. Pu-erh is sourced from the Yunnan province of China, and has a fascinating history stretching back hundreds of years.

At Artful Tea, we carry three different varieties of pu-erh. Our organic Leaf Pu-erh has a rich, mellow, earthy flavor, while our Caramel Pu-erh adds a depth of malty, nutty sweetness to its pu-erh base, and is perfect with a splash of milk. Our Dandy Cinnamon Pu-erh includes dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, and lemon peel, and has a pleasantly tart, uplifting flavor that warms you from the inside out!

Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a type of tea made from the leaves and stems of the holly plant ilex paraguariensis and popular throughout South America, particularly in Brazil and Argentina. Mate is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee per cup. Mate is said to contribute to focus, clarity, and alertness, without the jitters that come from drinking too much coffee, making it a great alternative for those looking for a stimulant without adverse side effects. It is traditionally drunk out of a hollow gourd through a straw known as a bombilla, but can also be prepared in the same way as other teas and tisanes.

Our traditional Yerba Mate is a great option for those looking to try mate on its own, with no added ingredients. Our Nutty Mocha Mate is a rich, delicious blend of mate with chocolate and hazelnut, sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth, while our Lively Lemony Mate is an uplifting, citrus-forward brew that’s sure to start the day off on a great note!

With these options and more to choose from, tea can be a wonderful alternative even for committed coffee drinkers, whether they’re looking to decrease their caffeine intake or simply reap the many benefits that tea has to offer!

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Mate

Nick Rose

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Yerba mate is a type of tea made from the leaves and stems of the holly plant ilex paraguariensis and is native to South America. Sometimes known as “drink of the gods” or “drink of friendship,” mate was first discovered and prepared by the indigenous Guarani people. Mate’s etymology derives from both Spanish and Quechua, an indigenous South American language - yerba is derived from the Spanish word for herb, while mate comes from a Quechua word meaning cup or gourd.

After European colonization, mate consumption and production became popular among the colonizers, particularly Jesuit missionaries and other foreign settlers. Mate is extremely popular in South America, where it is the official drink of Argentina, and is also widely consumed in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile and Brazil. It is also very popular in Syria, the world’s leading importer of mate, as well as Lebanon and other parts of the Middle East.

Mate Health Benefits

Mate is high in caffeine, containing almost as much as coffee per cup. However, the caffeine present in mate, sometimes called matteine, often has a slightly different effect than the sort of caffeine found in coffee or in tea made from the camellia sinensis plant. Mate is said to contribute to focus, clarity, and alertness, without the negative effects typically associated with excess caffeine intake, making it a great alternative for those looking for a stimulant with fewer adverse side effects. Mate is also rich in antioxidants as well as vitamins and minerals, and is known for promoting good digestion and heart health.

How to Prepare Mate

Mate is traditionally prepared in a hollow gourd by adding leaves and hot, but not boiling water to the gourd to steep. The tea is then consumed through a filtered straw known as a bombilla. In many South American countries, mate is drunk among a group of friends by drinking and refilling the same gourd as it is passed from person to person. Mate can also be prepared in the same way as other teas and tisanes, by steeping the leaves in an infuser or filter in a mug or pot.

Our Mate

Our traditional Yerba Mate is a great option for those looking to try mate on its own, with no added ingredients. Our Nutty Mocha Mate is a rich, delicious blend of mate with chocolate and hazelnut, sure to appeal to those with a sweet tooth, while our Lively Lemony Mate is an uplifting, citrus-forward brew that’s sure to start the day off on a great note!

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