There are only two kinds of tea:  Red Rose and Lipton.  Right?  Wrong!  I have recently discovered that there are thousands of varieties of wonderful loose leaf teas, and they taste nothing like Red Rose and Lipton bagged teas.  You simply have to try a good, quality loose leaf tea to discover just how incredible a good cup of tea tastes.  According to Tomislav Podreka, a tea expert and author of the book, Serendipitea, there are four main types of tea:  black, green, oolong, and white.  Tisanes or herbal “teas” are not actually teas because they do not originate from Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, but rather from herbs such as chamomile, and rosehips.

So give one of the many varieties of loose leaf tea a try.  You can purchase good, quality tea online at Dobra Tea or Serendipitea.  Here are some articles on the health benefits of tea.  Who knows–you just might replace your beloved cup of coffee for a newly discovered cup of tea.  Pay close attention to recommended steeping times and water temperature.

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