Beginners Guide to Tea

Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world besides water, but this beverage has an enormous range of types that have different benefits and tastes. Because of this, picking what tea you want to drink can become an overwhelming task. It can be hard to know where to start, and how to organize all of the different types. Luckily, tea is commonly categorized into four main types, and I have broken down these categories below, so you can more easily navigate the world of tea.

Green Tea
For those of you who are tea beginners, green tea is the perfect place to start because of its simplicity! Though this tea has caffeine, the amount is fairly low. There is a huge variety of green teas, but one of the most well known is arguably matcha. Majority of the time, green tea has a bitter taste, so a lot of people like to add honey or sugar to minimize the bitterness. Not only does it taste good, this tea is extremely healthy. It has very high levels of antioxidants, which are important for your immune system. The tea can be served both hot and cold, as it is very versatile.

White Tea
White tea is also a great choice when getting into tea. Out of every type, it is the least processed. White tea boosts your immune system and like green tea, has a high level of antioxidants. This tea is known to have a mild flavor to it, and can have a subtle sweetness to it, unlike the bitter green tea. Though the tea would taste fine with no additives, a little lemon or honey never hurt nobody! If you want a refreshing, subtle, and healthy drink, white tea is the way to go.

Black Tea
In contrast to white tea, black tea has the strongest flavor of them all. According to, 85% of all tea consumed in the western world is black tea. It contains a high level of caffeine, and it can be an alternative to coffee. The caffeinated drink can help boost your energy, and has many additional health benefits that improve your health overall. Depending on how you feel, you can choose to drink black tea iced or hot. If the bitterness of this drink is too strong, adding your desired amount of milk, honey, or sugar can make for the perfect taste.

Oolong Tea

The last category of tea is oolong tea. This one is not as well known as the other teas, but you have most likely seen it in Chinese restaurants. There are a variety of oolong teas. Some can taste like green tea, while others taste like black tea. Drinking oolong can increase your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. In addition to this, the tea can decrease chances of getting heart disease, can reduce cholesterol levels, and much more. Like green tea, oolong has high levels of antioxidants, creating an extremely healthy drink.

With some quick research and an open mind to experimentation, the world of tea can do you wonders in terms of psychical health, mental health, happiness, and taste buds!