Green Tea & Me


I never took to tea. I was always a coffee person.

Nescafe, 2 sugars and a huge splash of milk. That was my hot drink of choice from the age of 12 onwards. Sweet, homely and lovely to wrap my hands around. Terrible for the teeth. Tea just seemed so weak and uninteresting.

At the age of 19, I discovered the Americano and fell for black, unsweetened coffee. Filter coffee and espresso too. Sophisticated and strong, and basically rocket fuel for the body, and the smell! My top favourite smells (and there’s another blog post idea) includes coffee being brewed. (I actually associate the smell of fresh coffee with Durham Cathedral. As a kid, we went there quite often, and the little café also had a pot on the go.)

But with age has come an increase in weight, and acid reflux. This means I’ve had to practically cut out coffee. Drinking coffee again is one of the reasons I’m keen to lose weight.

Health

This week, I was sent a box of Clipper’s Pure Green Tea by TENA Men. (You can read about their MOT for men idea here.)

Green Tea

As you may know, many people believe that there are multiple health benefits from drinking green tea.

I’m always sceptical of such claims unless they’re supported by proof. There are, however, studies which associate a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease with daily consumption of green tea. There is also proof that drinking green tea (or taking green tea supplements) lowers cholesterol in the blood.

So, there are proven health benefits. The next test is therefore whether or not I can drink the stuff given my historic dislike of tea.

Taste

What I do know about tea is that leaving the bag in for too long makes it go bitter. I tried  couple of cups of some salted caramel tea, which was quite nice, but having a cup with a very bitter aftertaste put me right off it. (Turns out the tea bag had been left in far too long.)

So when the Pure Green Tea box says that it should be allowed to infuse for 1 – 3 minutes, I’m taking that bad boy out after 60 seconds. My wife had warned me that it was quite a strong taste, so I was bracing myself.

The first cup was made. The resulting brew didn’t look too appetising. It was  a murky greeny brown colour, much lighter than normal tea. It smelled okay.

After it cooled, I gave it a sip. It wasn’t at all unpleasant. It didn’t taste as green as I feared it might. It was a well-rounded taste with a warm dry aftertaste at the back of the mouth. It certainly wasn’t weak or watery.

I’m now on day four of green tea, drinking a couple of cups a day. I’m still okay with it, especially as I know that it can do me some good. It won’t give me the same warm, homely comfort of sweetened coffee, but it also won’t rot my teeth.

9 Comments

  1. joanna
    27 January 2017
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    I’m definitely a coffee drinker ive tried green tea before but unfortunately its not too my taste which is shame as it has good health benefits.

  2. 28 January 2017
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    I’m a huge tea drinker (and coffee drinker in the morning to give me a kick start!) but I actually bought Clipper Green Tea a few weeks ago as when my dad visits that is all he drinks. But one day I decided to try it – and like you say, it’s actually quite nice. And I actually feel quite virtuous for drinking it!

  3. 28 January 2017
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    I used to a big tea drinker up until I was 18 when I was suddenly entranced by the sweet lure of coffee. I do like herbal teas though!

  4. 28 January 2017
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    I’m also a coffee kind of person and I’m not sure I could substitute it with green tea, no matter how good it could be for you. There’s something about the taste of coffee that just says, “Go on Mel, wake up!”

  5. 28 January 2017
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    Green tea is something that can take a while but you’ll soon love it. I have Matcha Tea every day. Try that as it will give you 10x the goodness of green tea and gives you the same effect as coffee.

  6. 29 January 2017
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    I am not a fan of flavoured teas but have found a couple of black teas I like…….sadly they are the pricey ones

  7. 29 January 2017
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    I never drink tea or coffee, I have no idea why really, it’s just not something I ever got into. My husband drinks loads of green tea, not through a love of the taste, but just for the health benefits! I keep thinking maybe I should start drinking it just for a warm drink but to be honest I’d rather have a hot chocolate! Not as healthy I know, ha!

  8. 29 January 2017
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    Im such a coffee drinker but I have my moments where I just want a good cup of tea. I love green tea more than black tea though.

  9. 31 January 2017
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    I am a coffee girl all the way I have tried teas of all flavours but nothing compares to good coffee for me

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