Anything Coffee can do, Tea can do Better. Not only does traditional red tea (what we call black tea in the West) give you steady energy without the jitters or the crash, but red tea is actually very good for you.
Red teas have a high concentration of Anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid, thought to provide health benefits in part through its antioxidant effects. This bioactive compound shows big promise in recent studies, offering strong anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities, as well as the potential to suppress human cancer cells, improve eyesight, and protect against liver injuries and dementia. This potent flavonoid is found in abundance in red and purple tea, which is a varietal of red tea. Red tea is invigorating and steady, ideal for the morning as the yang energies of the day are rising.
Some bagged black teas can make you jittery, but most of the time this is due to chemicals rather than caffeine content. Living Teas leave you feeling calm and alert, unlike teas that are grown with agrochemicals. Living Teas are seed-grown in their native environments, free of any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or weed-killers. Living Tea seeks out seed-grown, hand-processed Red Tea with beautifully shaped leaves and infusions that are best savored without any additives. Generally, Red Tea is known for its robust "fully-oxidized" flavor profile, strong pervasive Qi, mild sweetness and "awakening" quality.
Of all Living Teas, red teas have the highest caffeine content, yet they provide a less "speedy" energy than coffee, which spikes your adrenaline, the source of the “fight or flight” response. One of the important qualities that we seek in our red teas is a sense of calm energy, rather than jittery stimulation.