Black tea is a healthy alternative to coffee that will help you get over that afternoon slump. When it’s too late in the day for coffee, but you need a boost to keep you focused and energized, steep a cup of black tea. It’s no wonder that black tea is a popular afternoon tea and it pairs well with some of our favorite mid-day snacks like chocolate, fruits, and nuts.
Black tea = energy and alertness
Black tea is a great drink to keep you awake without excess caffeine. One cup of black tea has half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. If you’re concerned this isn't enough caffeine to keep you going, don’t worry. Black tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that can improve alertness and focus while reducing insomnia and anxiety. This is why black tea is a healthier alternative to coffee.
What to eat with black tea
Wondering what pairs well with black tea? It can help to imagine an afternoon tea set, which typically includes small sandwiches, scones, and sweet desserts served with a pot of black tea. Black tea is also high in tannins, which is found in red wine, so it pairs well with meat dishes and fatty seafoods.
Chocolate & Sweet desserts
Black tea is perfect for balancing out the sweetness and creaminess of chocolates, cookies, and cakes. This is why black tea is commonly enjoyed as an afternoon tea. Pair with a sweet snack or dessert to boost your mood and energy.
Fruits & Nuts
Us Two Tea’s Manhattan Black is a variety of black tea called Ruby Black, which has a natural honey flavor. This honey flavor and aroma pairs well with fruits (especially berries) and nuts like almonds and walnuts, which are also great for focus and alertness.
Meats & Seafood
Red wine is often paired with steak because it's high in tannins, a substance that releases the flavors of meat by interacting with the fat. Also high in tannins, black tea pairs well with meats and seafoods like salmon - a brain food rich in fatty acids!
Whether you're sensitive to caffeine or trying to limit your caffeine intake, black tea is the best alternative to coffee. Experience a healthier pick-me-up by pairing energizing black tea with an afternoon snack.