The Right Time For Green Tea
Although tea is consumed at every hour of the day in Asia, some green teas are more appropriate for particular moments. Choosing a tea based on the hour of day, one’s mood, the setting in which it will be consumed, and the persons with whom it will be shared is still the best way to fully appreciate each tea’s virtues.
Some passionate tea lovers get up at dawn to take advantage of the morning quiet and to enjoy their favourite tea on an empty stomach. The body is more sensitive at this hour and the infusion’s multiple benefits will be more apparent. Dawn is a perfect moment for smooth and delicate grands crus. Drinking them first thing in the morning makes them all the more glorious.
If you were brought up in the English tradition in which black tea with sugar and milk is served, you may find it difficult to imagine green tea as your main breakfast beverage. But why not give it a try? Choose a brisk green tea with a full body. Green tea adds a great morning boost that pairs well with a large breakfast.
Tea’s gastronomic and stimulating qualities are particularly suitable for the afternoon hours. Some drink it for its digestive properties, others for its energizing effect, and all of those who have made it part of their everyday activities know that it greatly stimulates both the physical and intellectual capacities.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, reduce your tea drinking in the evening; otherwise, you may risk trading several hours of sleep for hours of wakeful reflection. There are, however, some green teas with less caffeine content. Roasted green teas are a good choice for evening tea consumption.
Suggested Evening Teas: Hojicha Shizuoka, Huiming
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