When you’re looking for your caffeine fix in the morning, chances are that you grab a cup of joe. In fact, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day. But as many of you know, coffee can come with some annoying side effects, including upset stomach, jitteriness, and extra calories from cream and sugar added. And when you’re looking for a quick energy source, energy drinks can be just as bad, if not worse. That’s where tea comes in. The evergreen tea plant, Camellia sinensis, originated in China, where it was first used as a medicinal drink. It was introduced to Portugal in the 16th century, and became popular in Britain in the 17th century, where it has remained the preferred drink to this day. In fact, three cups of tea are drunk for every one cup of coffee worldwide, with predominately tea-drinking countries mostly lying in the eastern hemisphere. The differences in coffee largely have to do with whether the coffee is Arabica or Robusta, but tea types often have more to do with the way the tea is processed. The products derived from these different processes are labeled green, black, white and oolong. Green – Green tea is the least-processed of the teas, immediately steamed and… Read More