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Teas I Am Loving At The Moment

Every now and then on The Coffee Life, I like to mix up the coffee posts with some tea post. Today is one of those days.

Like most people, before even trying coffee, I was a big tea drinker. Specifically herbal teas.
I was a big tea enthusiast and would spend a big majority of my money on new teas (most which I am still trying to get through to this day. Expiration dates mean nothing right? 



So today I thought as a side step from coffee's, I'd do a little post about the tea's I am loving at the moment.






I have been loving a whole variety of teas, including the newest addition of Twinings cold infuse (more on those later) 




We'll start with Pukka, just because it's the brand I have been absolutely loving this entire year, and I cant get enough of.

Night Time - pretty self explanatory, I don't drink "night" teas every night, but when I feel a bit anxious or a bit crappy, I stick my essential oil difuser on and sit and have a calming cup of tea. I'm a big self care is never selfish kind of person.


Wild Apple and Cinnamon - the newest addition to my tea collection and a big favourite, the apple gives it a real sweetness which hits the sweet tooth hard, curbs some (SOME, come on let's be honest, I'd demolish a chocolate bar if it was put next to a cup of tea) cravings for junk food, but delicious and got to be healthy right?


Liquorice and Cinnamon - hear me out on this one, I discovered this tea last year at the Eden Project at a Pukka Tea Tasting session. I was certain that I would hate this tea because I hate, hate (hate) liquorice, BUT oh my, if you asked me what the best tea I've had, it would be this. Without a shadow of a doubt. The liquorice and cinnamon combined gives it such a unique sweetness, YUM




Whittard

Dream Time - A really nice alternative to Pukka's night time, I originally had the "instant tea" version of this, but on discovery that like 80% of it is sugar, I opted for the more sugar friendly version. It's such a soothing tea, and instantly makes you feel sleepy (just me maybe)



Good and Proper 

Hibiscus - This tea has actually featured on this blog before (here) you can read my more in depth review on it, through that link. But yes, this is still a very big favourite of mine, and such a beautifully coloured tea!! 


Bluebird Tea Company

Earl Grey with freeze dried strawberrys and papaya - I am a big earl grey drinker, and I was kindly gifted this tea, it's strong and over brews really quickly, but makes a gorgeous fruity cup of earl grey (the best kind) It's a really nice twist on a basic earl grey (as you know some times it just tastes very same-y) 



Twinings

Cold Infuse, Strawberry, Watermelon and Mint - Phoar, well where do I start with these? 
I first tried them at London Coffee Festival, and after speaking to one of the Twinings employees for about 10 minutes, she proceeded to shove loads of samples of all the flavours into my bag (hey, who's complaining? I'm definitely not) I got to try three of the six flavours they offer, and my favourite was definitely this one, its so fruity and refreshing. It's great if you don't really fancy water but you know you have to keep hydrated (anyone else?) but damn, if you haven't tried these yet, you're missing out.









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CBD Cold Brew

The newest trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment, is CBD oil, in pretty much everything.
I wasn't even aware it was a huge thing, before I saw pretty much everyone posting about it on Instagram and Facebook.

I jumped on the bandwagon (obviously) and tried out High Tides CBD Cold Brew, and instantly new that I had to go out and buy some CBD oil to try and make my own, after a few unsuccessful takes, and just ending up giving up for a few days, it finally worked the way I wanted it too.






CBD Cold Brew became popular because of the fact that coffee can give you that "high", and CBD responds with a "low" giving it the perfect balance to have as a drink, it minimises anxiety that a lot of people get with drinking a lot of caffeine.




To make your cold brew coffee, you want to get some super yummy single origin coffee (it doesn't have to be single origin, but it'll come out a lot smoother)

I ended up using Brazil, Recanto from Horsham Coffee Roasters which I received in box number 1 of Untold Coffee's Coffee Club, read that post here

To make the cold brew, you typically want to use anywhere between 50-65g of coffee to 500ml, and 60-100g of coffee for every litre. I ended up using my litre cold brewer, and went with about 95g of coffee.

I also let it brew for 16 hours, a lot longer than I'd usually let it brew for just normal cold brew (lets pretend I didn't forget about it in the fridge) 



Once you've brewed your cold brew, you want to add the CBD oil, the typical recommendation for the amount of CBD oil a day is around 10 drops, but because this is a whole litre of cold brew, I did about 25 drops, which averages at about 6.25 drops per 250ml.





If you're still not convinced by CBD oil, here are a few amazing benefits:


- It can relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, CBD has the ability to act on the brains receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates mood and the social behaviour.

- Lowers inflammation, and decreases chronic pain by impacting the endocannabinoid system (ECS), reducing inflammation and interacting with the bodies neurotransmittors.

- Reduces stress, a 2010 study shows that CBD oil acts as an antioxidant and has neuroprotective qualities. So CBD oil can reduce neurological damage caused by free radicals (stress)

- It has antipsychotic effects. Studies have suggested that CBD oil may help people with mental health disorders such as schizophrenia by reducing the psychotic symptoms.

- Anti-tumour effects. CBD has demonstrated anti-tumour effects, and has been shown to prevent the spread of certain cancers.



Also like most things in life, it can come with a few side effects if you've taken too much or it's your first time trying the oil:

- Nausea

- Dry Mouth

- Vomiting

- Bloating 





Mixed with coffee, CBD has some more amazing effects, as CBD is a non psychoactive oil, it can put the balance between the "high" from coffee, making it a perfect pre and post workout drink.

- It boosts stamina (also perfect for workouts) 

- It helps lower anxiety

- It's a natural energy boost

- Helps pain relief

- Helps with stress levels

- Improves natural appetite control

- Boosts immune system

- Powerful antioxidant 



What do you think of CBD? Have you tried it? Will you? 
Is this just another phase in the health world? 

Let me know your thoughts!










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