My Caffeine-Free Tea Collection + How I Store My Tea

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might already know that I am a huge fan of black and green tea blends, which pretty much sum up my daily consumption. In the last blogpost I went above and beyond and introduced my favourite herbal infusion that I like to diversify my tea drinking routine with from time to time.

Here, I’d like to present my current caffeine-free tea selection that I keep in my drawers for days when I don’t feel like caffeine (hardly ever 🙂 ).

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First things first, I got rid of the bulky paper packaging and stored the selection in the aluminium tin (purchased at Tchibo). It helps to keep the teas I usually don’t go for on my mind and all in one place. The tin itself has 6 compartments for approximately 15 tea bags each, hence it makes for handy storage for a variety.

The first tea to be found in my aluminium box is the Spring tea (Frühlings Tee) from Alnatura. Since I dedicated my last blogpost to it, I won’t get much into detail here. Maybe it’s worth mentioning that currently it is one of my favourite herbal infusions, and possibly the best one for when the days get warmer.

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Next stop, is a tea from Korres, a Greek brand of organic cosmetics. Yes, surprisingly enough, they also store teas. This tea technically contains caffeine, but due to the ingredients (Greek Red Saffron, Lemon and Spearmint) it has found its way into my selection. The flavour is quite specific, I won’t deny this, and it is surely not a tea I would go for on a daily basis, but Red Saffron and Spearmint definitely add something “extra” to the plain black tea. Korres teas are quite pricey, but you have to take into consideration the fact they are organic and that the majority of ingredients are rather unique.

Tea from the DM’s (drugstore) homebrand Das Gesunde Plus is, on the contrary, the cheap alternative to the organic teas family. One of my all time favourites is their Rooibos Vanilla Orange tea, that I find myself reaching for on a regular basis. I like my Rooibos with Vanilla, it is not a surprise, but this one has a tiny hint of sourness due to the Orange flavour. However unusual the combination might sound, in the end it makes a tasty and refreshing, aromatic blend.

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Another Rooibos of the collection is Pickwick’s Rooibos Vanilla tea. This one comes in “fancy” fabric tea bags, which is not too typical for me to keep in my collection box (I indeed, prefer when the tea is covered with paper for this kind of storage), but I go through it quite quickly and I assume that soon enough I’ll be able to replace it with a more “storage-friendly” tea. As noted above, Rooibos Vanilla tends to be my all-time favourite variation of Rooibos, and I am positive that one way or another, it will always be a part of my collection.

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King’s Crown, the affordable tea brand that is available in another drugstore – Rossmann – is always an attractive option considering their tea variations. I wrote a blogpost about its Green Tea that became the part of my daily routine, but its white tea is kept in my storage for when I feel like something special. This Pomegranate White Tea combines two of my favourite things: the pomegranate flavour with the freshness and lightness of white tea, which is always a good option when you feel like “real” tea, but not caffeine.

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Red tea cannot be missing from the caffeine-free tea collection: and this time a Rosehip tea from Teekanne took over this role. For the moments when I feel a little low on vitamins and am craving something sour. This tea is also exquisite when served cool – very nice refreshing feeling, especially on hot summer days.

The “loner” of my collection is a Lemon Sky from Ronnefeldt that was purchased separately, out of curiosity. Obviously, I haven’t tried it yet, but the combination of Flavoured Fruit Infusion with Lemon Flavour sounds exciting enough for me to give it a go soon.

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What are your favourite caffeine-free teas? Do you go for herbal ones or rather fruit infusions? Is there a special way you like to store your tea? Let me know!

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Tea Review: Alnatura Frühlings Tee

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Spring is here! Although quite unofficial, but let’s be honest, we’ve been awaiting it for quite a while, haven’t we? Meteorological spring officially started on March 1st, but spring in our minds has been developing since Christmas, I dare to assert 🙂 Basically, we are more than ready to drop warmer and heavier layers and commence a new page.

As for tea, every time I start noticing the first daffodils making their way to this world and blue sky smiling in accordance, I am eager to start a new routine. I tend to change my tea regiment every spring, when I slowly but surely start gravitating towards lighter blends and reduce caffeinated teas. By saying this, I mean that I switch my Darjeelings and Earl greys for Rooibos or herbal infusions.

One of my last year’s discoveries was a “Spring tea” (original name: Frühlings Tee) of a German brand Alnatura.

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Being one of my favourite organic brands, Alnatura has never especially attracted me with their tea assortment (besides my all-time favourite Good Evening tea). Last year’s special edition drew my attention straight away, not exclusively by its colourful packaging, but I dare to confess that it was also a factor. 🙂 I don’t gravitate to herbal infusions as per daily consumption (I do need my caffeine), but this time I’ve decided to give it a go.

It comes in a packaging of 20 flat tea bags, packed in a separate paper envelope (1,5g each).

Ingredients: Lemongrass, Raspberry and Blackberry leaves (ummm, exciting!), Lemon Verbena, Mint.

Scent: A lovely combination of ingredients makes for a beautiful scent. Light herbal, with quite a recognisable note of citrus.

Taste: it’s a winner! Its flavour is light, yet rich. Refreshing, yet aromatic. I can distinguish blackberry and/or raspberry leaves (I might be a little more advanced at it, since I remember steeping fresh leaves straight off the berry bushes). Mint is not very prominent, but it’s clearly present, and I believe is responsible for the slightly tingly aftertaste.

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Serving: Alnatura recommends steeping the tea for 8-10 minutes in boiling water. I would reduce the steeping time: 5 minutes is more than enough for an herbal tea of this kind. However the temperature of water should be as recommended by the manufacturer. Herbal teas in general (unlike green and white teas) are supposed to be steeped in boiling water due to the time some herbs need for a so-called “decocting”. Many tea lovers even prefer to “cook” their herbal tea for a while, not just pour boiling water over it. For chamomile and mint infusions 90 degrees Celcius water is preferable, but since here we are dealing with a more complex blend, I’d definitely go for 100.

Energy level: being a 100% herbal infusion, this tea does not contain caffeine, therefore there’s no danger of any additional energy. For that reason, I might not recommend it for early mornings, however I find it perfect for a lazy weekend or late evenings, just before going to bed.

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Frühlings Tee was my tea of choice in the spring 2015, and I still have a couple of tea bags left for the upcoming months. I like the taste of it, I love how refreshing it is and that it goes perfectly with every meal at any day or night time. I will keep my eyes open for this year’s edition of Alnatura’s Frühlings Tee, as I know they tend to bring them out, slightly repackaged, every year. I love my routines, and I like imagining this tea for the spring time being one of them.

What are your favourite herbal infusions? Do you have any favourite tea blend for this spring? Do you also tend to switch your tea “wardrobe” as seasons change?

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