HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Discussion

Switching from coffee to tea in the morning

  • 76
  • Share

Anyone ever did this? I'm afraid tea won't be strong enough to wake me up but I wish to make the change anyways.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. I have tried and tried and tried... but I just can't seem to form a relationship with tea. imho, decaf stinks too. Tastes terrible.

    Coffee is just soo good. Some days it's the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning: knowing that I've got that awesome cup ahead of me.

    I've finally decided on moderation: one 12oz cup of (excellent) (best I can find!) coffee per day, in the morning.

    *sigh* hope this helps...

    1. You need to purchase loose tea, so you can vary the strength. Find one that appeals to your liking and you can save a bunch a money to boot. Typically, most Asian Families use a pot, or kettle...and fill it with loose tea leaves and hot water. When the tea is gone, they refill with hot water until the leaves loose their potency. At that point, they simply add more loose tea leaves without throwing out the old....and the same process goes on for the rest of the day.

      When the unfinished tea gets cold....you can reheat in a microwave....or have the makings for some great unsweetened Iced Tea.

      1. Hello,
        I think you must try black tea or green tea instead of coffee. It is strong and energetic too. and black tea is also good for skin.

        1. Some varieties of oolong pack a pretty strong caffeine punch.

          1. I switched from Coffee to Tea a couple of years ago! I make myself a pot of JavaVana Mate (from Teavana) 5 days a week and I really like it. I drink it with a small splash of milk! So far I am not tired of it!

            http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/mate-...

            We still make a pot of Coffee on weekends since Mr. K prefers his Coffee.

            1. I agree with trying black tea for that "wake up" ability.

              I love the taste of coffee and drink it in the AM at home, then I switch to tea at work, a combination of green, black, herbal. I like 'em all.

              2 Replies
              1. re: tcamp

                I've done the 'change'.
                You must buy REALLY GOOD (expensive) black loose tea. Go to an established high end tea shop.....not to one of the thousands of little 'hole-in-the-wall 'pop-up' tea shops. Be prepared to spend money for the best. It does make a difference. They can't get the best teas b/c they must deal with a distributor. The best tea shops have their own buyers who have a long standing relationship with the actual grower/s. I buy my loose tea from Murchies in Victoria. They have been in business for decades. I gave up coffee when Starbucks started charging high prices for what I considered was low quality coffee.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  upton tea imports is an excellent mail order service with a huge selection. if you find the website a bit overwhelming, call and speak with their knowledgeable staff.

                  http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/home...

              2. I recommend a strong Assam (basically what the Irish drink.) Loose tea is best because you have more control over its strength. I get Halmari Estate Assam from Upton in Massachusetts (they ship really fast).

                2 Replies
                1. re: sciencediet

                  I just ordered some Upton Teas based on the recs in this thread. You weren't kidding about fast shipping- I got an email an hour after ordering saying they were packed to ship! Nice!

                  1. re: sciencediet

                    http://www.adagio.com/search/index.ht...

                    Adagio has a nice variety of Assam too.

                  2. You can get very strong tea. By the way, do you mean strong in taste or strong in caffeine. Sometime they don't correlate.

                    Like others said, try to get some loose leave tea and play around, and see if it will work for you.

                    1. I made the change about four years ago and have not looked back. The variety of teas out there is a bit overwhelming but if you just keep sampling different varieties you will find a style that appeals to you.

                      I really like the Chinese black teas that are avaiable now from Yunan and Fujian. They have a nice round flavor and they are very forgiving so they don't get bitter if you walk away and over steep the leaves.

                      I buy most of my tea at adagio.com. They have a great little teapot for brewing loose leaf teas.

                      1. I switched gradually over the first few years of living with my late wife. She was Russian, so much more of a tea than a coffee drinker, and she got (and I still get) excellent loose leaf teas from Upton Tea. Over time it just became easier to brew one large pot of tea instead of making two separate beverages, and I really don't miss the extra caffeine jolt.

                        Nowadays I have maybe two cups of coffee a year, as an emergency energy booster when I need one. But I get plenty of sleep every day so rarely need it.

                        1. Why?

                          4 Replies
                          1. re: linguafood

                            For me it was a matter of necessity. I went to work overseas and there was one big coffee pot in my office that was shared by everybody in a big coffee pool. They bought horrible coffee that I just couldn't drink and I couldn't afford to buy expensive coffee for the entire office. So instead of drinking horrible coffee, I started drinking great tea. It changed my life.

                            1. re: jpc8015

                              Well, that sounds pretty off-putting, for sure.

                              I was a bit of a coffee junkie (not the worst kind of junkie, I s'pose) in high school, when I easily had a liter or so a day. Gave me the jitters. Switched to tea for a year or so. Never did give me the same caffeine buzz, but instead had me running to the bathroom all day :-)

                              That said, there are some really nice tea flavors out there -- much more variety than coffee, obviously.

                              These days, I have two (8 oz.) cups in the morning and one in the afternoon. No crazy amounts, really.

                              1. re: linguafood

                                I never got into the flavored teas, most straight black tea with no milk or sweetener for me. Occasionally I would try a green tea or an oolong but my everyday choice was hot black tea.

                                1. re: jpc8015

                                  I do strictly black teas with no added flavoring, but there's still a lot of variety. My current favorite is from Upton Tea, called Baker Street Blend. It's a mixture of Keemun and Darjeeling, with just a bit of Lapsang Souchong to give it some smokiness (pure Lapsang Souchong is ridiculously smoky, at least to my palate, but a little is delicious).

                                  http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item...

                          2. My partner starts the day with tea, then moves on to coffee.

                            Personally, I don't like the taste of tea.

                            1. I haven't given up coffee and I'm a one cup a day gal anyway. But I do drink good coffee, freshly ground daily, black.

                              I have always enjoyed black tea but in the last two decades been exposed to and wound up enjoying all sorts of teas.

                              There are several tea companies that offer small sampler tea bag sets and trying out a few is the ideal way to find out which tea appeals to you.

                              1. Earl grey is pretty strong. If one tea bag is not enough caffeine, double the dose. :)

                                Alternatively, you could try getting tea leaves in bulk. My experience says it's much cheaper (and usually better) than tea bags.

                                1. http://www.adagio.com

                                  I like this tea company. I started out with a few loose tea leaf samplers and then bought myself a tea of the month package. Some of the folks super familiar with Adagio now create their own blends, packaging and following. Fun company.

                                  9 Replies
                                  1. re: HillJ

                                    I love the Black Dragon Pearls. I love all of the Chinese black teas for that matter.

                                    1. re: jpc8015

                                      You are so right, jpc. A nice smooth but earthy tea. I will say this, the cocoa fragrance I noticed from Teavana's version but not from Adagio.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        I certainly noticed it with the tea I got from Adagio. I stopped buying from Teavana, it just seems that their prices are extraordinarily high.

                                        Yunnan Noir might be the best value at adagio.com. It is the poor mans Black Dragon.

                                        1. re: jpc8015

                                          Yeah, I prefer Adagio as well. Such a friendly company too. I just found the Black Dragon Pearl stronger in cocoa the time I tried it at Tevana. Tevana is def. higher across the board on loose tea. Adagio is a real bargain, consistently.

                                          Nice to know you are a fan :) Any others you would recommend?

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            I like both the English and Irish Breakfast blends as well as the Ceylon Sonata. The Ceylon Sonata has a decent amount of anstringency that can be taked with a touch of cream.

                                            I also like the Formosa Oolong. I am sure there a lot more oolong teas that I would like but they can get very spendy. You can brew the leaves more than once though so a pound 'should' last you a very long time.

                                      2. re: jpc8015

                                        Do you like Pu-erh? The Chinese black tea?

                                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                          I have not tried it but have always wanted to buy a brick just because it looks cool.

                                          1. re: jpc8015

                                            The brick is pretty cool, but the good ones are a bit expensive. If you ever go eat Dim Sum in Portland, you can ask for it. All Cantonese Dim Sum serves Pu-erh tea as one of the main tea options. They will likely serve you the cheaper and less refined version, but at least you get to try it.

                                            Alternatively, it may just be easier to spend $5 and get a little box (not the brick version) from a store. :)

                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                              I think the Whole Foods in Bridgeport Village has a pretty robust selection from Tao of Tea. I am fairly certain I would be able to get a couple servings there.

                                              I will put it on my to do list.

                                    2. I make the switch ONLY if I've run out of coffee or half-and-half. It's not the same, but will do in a pinch...and in the short term. Otherwise, wicked headaches.

                                      1. if you have a teavana nearby, i would highly recommend you go in and tell them what you are needing: i got some black tea there the other day that was stronger than i've EVER had, and i've been a tea drinker for 18 years! You can go either online or to a local shop and get a few small amounts and see what you like,

                                        i love the smell of coffee, and live in a house of coffee drinkers. however... whenever i try a cup, it tastes like the bottom of an ashtry to me now. can't imagine why i liked the taste for so many years!

                                        i drink pu erh and other black teas, along with some herbal tisanes (some from teavana). i like the variety available in teas. i also drink teas from the indian grocery store, and french teas... there's such a big world of flavor in teas!

                                        1. I think it's going to depend entirely on your own tastes. I drink a cup (or 4) of coffee nearly everyday but occasionally have an earl gray or English breakfast instead. The thing is I'm not in love with the taste of coffee and the caffeine has no effect on me- it's mostly the habit and the love of an excuse to drink delicious half and half that keeps me coming back. I think I prefer the flavor of tea overall.

                                          2 Replies
                                          1. re: WishyFish

                                            Darjeeling 'Silver Tips' and 'Royal Blend' are very tasty. Sometimes available sometimes not. Bring along your bank card though.

                                            1. re: WishyFish

                                              Wishy, have you tried half and half in a nice breakfasty tea like Ceylon? All my English rellies recoil in horror, but dang, I like it :-).

                                            2. Thanks to all for the tips - I started this morning with loose leaf Lady Grey and some bagged Irish Breakfast teas from Twinings. I didn't get a headache and no drama ensued - this might be easier than I thought...

                                              2 Replies
                                              1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                You are well on your way.

                                                1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                  I had to move to decaf for two weeks and didn't notice a difference *at all.* If you usually drink a good coffee brand (Peet's Major Dickason is my choice), you might try that route.

                                                2. I drink one really strong espresso every morning and can ween off but it takes about 2 weeks of Hellish mornings. Eventually though, I end up going back to it. It only takes one slow morning with a cup of coffee for me to lapse right back into it. (Reminds me of what I hear about smoking LOL)

                                                  When I travel to Japan (to smaller towns way outside of Tokyo), they usually don't have coffee so I bring my own and they're kind enough to make it. :)

                                                  1. Try a strong mint tea? It really is refreshing and wakes me up.

                                                    1. Not that I care what other people choose to drink in the morning, but out of curiosity, why do you want to give up coffee?

                                                      3 Replies
                                                      1. re: acssss

                                                        Just for a change I guess. I know a huge part of the world gets on by tea mostly so I was curious if i could as well or if i would feel deprived because of cultural habit.

                                                        Also some morning its easier to bolt out the door with a travel mug with a bag o' tea in it then to measure/use french press/wait around/etc. I can't find affordable good coffee to use in my drip machine so I'd keep coffee for lazy weekends.

                                                        1. re: NanaMoussecurry

                                                          Great reasons - especially the bolting out the door one - been there.
                                                          I drink tea in the afternoons - because if I drink coffee at night - it will keep me up.
                                                          I buy a very cheap kind of tea that I get at TJ (50 tea bags for $2) because
                                                          1) I like to put lemon and slices of ginger in my tea and it tastes fine and
                                                          2) because I refuse to pay more than $2 for 50 tea bags

                                                          However, I would never give up my coffee in the morning - I will never feel I can get the same umph with tea - and it is not cultural or mental - but a fact. Coffee actually speeds up your pulse and helps you think better. It is also good for me (I have low blood pressure)

                                                          But good luck with your search.

                                                          1. re: acssss

                                                            Glad you mentioned this, because there are health benefits to drinking coffee. Sort of along the lines of alcohol,of course in moderation. Just get a K cup or normal Mr Coffee type device if the French Press is too much work.

                                                      2. One way to enjoy switching is to get into real teas. I suggest Upton Tea, a mail order company with an amazing catalogue and a vast array of teas from all over, including flavored ones. They also sell cheap, excellent tea pots. The variety of tastes in tea can't be matched.

                                                        I go back and forth. In allergy season, I need the extra caffeine hit from coffee, but I can drink more tea over time. And my stomach likes tea better.

                                                        1 Reply
                                                        1. re: lergnom

                                                          What do you mean by real teas? NI am just curious what are the "unreal" teas. Do you mean tea bags? Or do you mean the New Age blended tea, such as these fruit added tea:

                                                          http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green...

                                                          http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/black...

                                                        2. This place has great teas:

                                                          http://www.goldenmoontea.com/

                                                          If you call them, they'll know what's best for you.

                                                          1. my chinese roommate supplies me with green tea that he gets from china.
                                                            to my palate, it is very superior stuff to the tea sold at the local tea store. . .

                                                            1. Tea is something I drink on a daily basis. I prefer PG tips for everday tea & loose leaf Assam tea for special occasions. Recently, I tried tea bags from Brolly and they were great but too expensive for everyday use. Try different kinds of teas to see what you like. You don't have to limit yourself to just one kind of tea! Have fun!

                                                              1. First? Back away from the Lipton's yellow label. Nasty, foul stuff.

                                                                See if you can find an English-style breakfast tea -- I prefer PG Tips, but Typhoo, Yorkshire, or Twinings will work.

                                                                English-style black tea has about 60% of the caffeine of a cup of coffee -- so it's more than enough to keep you from having a headache, but you may end up drinking a big more!

                                                                1. I had to quit coffee a few years ago and switched ot tea. It took some time to learn to love it but I do now. I can drink coffee again but I switch back and forth between tea and coffee dependning on my particularly mood each morning(today will be a tea morning).

                                                                  I started by going to Teavana since there was a store down the street from me to buy a few things and see what I liked. Their teas are expensive so once I had an idea of the types of tea I like I moved on from them. I order most of my tea for Adagio(mentioned above) now and have been really happy wiht the quality and pricing. I buy Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey for daily consumption and love both of these from Adagio. I like they sell sample sizes and have ordered those to find other teas I like(Yunnan Noir for instance).

                                                                  I stick with black tea for most part. I haven't developed a taste for green or white. I do like some oolongs but don't drink oolong on a regular basis.

                                                                  Oh and like others have said, I agree stick with loose leaf for better quality and taste. As for the travel mug, I brew before I leave the house and then fill my travel mug.

                                                                  1. Another good source for bulk tea and nice coffee too.
                                                                    https://www.portorico.com/store/tea.html

                                                                    1. I checked the prices of the loose teas from all of the

                                                                      I checked out all of the vendors mentioned on this thread...somebody is trying to make a lot of money quickly...they are ripoffs...

                                                                      You really have to check out https://www.portorico.com/store/tea.html

                                                                      Their prices are much more affordable with a larger selection.

                                                                      We like GFOP Darjeeling 2nd flush

                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                      1. re: Raffles

                                                                        That is a great website. I will check it out. Thank you.

                                                                      2. I have a couple of peripheral comments. You mentioned decaf and I wondered if that is your reason for wanting to switch from coffee to tea. I believe the best decaf coffee is GOYA (try Hispanic markets or ask your supermarket manager to order it). It is Puerto Rican. Has much more body than US brands. You might also try the New Orleans brands with chicory (French Market or Cafe du Monde). As for tea, try Bigelow's Constant Comment, which has clove and orange peel. It's not bad, while most decaf tea is hopeless. And if this is about caffeine, check differential values online as caffeine content varies wildly and you may get a shock.

                                                                        1. Interesting read from all on this topic.

                                                                          I might be the minority but I find that no strong tea replaces my "need" for coffee to wake me up.

                                                                          Weekday mornings, I wake up with a cup of espresso. I enjoy a strong cup of black tea on weekends because it takes more time to fill the loose leaves into a paper teabag and to steep. And occasionally when I have tea instead of the usual weekday coffee, I spend the day feeling that I still "need" that coffee boost to wake up properly.

                                                                          Is this a matter of association, or is there a more scientific explanation about the different effects?

                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                          1. re: vil

                                                                            I can't answer because I usually just have a glass of water in the morning and feel as though I'm plenty awake.

                                                                            1. re: JayL

                                                                              Good for you! One less thing to worry about.

                                                                              1. re: JayL

                                                                                I'm the same way, I wake up with water. I figure if I'm sleepy, my body is telling me I need to manage my schedule to include more sleep, not that I need more caffeine in my system to function properly.

                                                                              2. re: vil

                                                                                I would guess is more association.

                                                                                I switch over to tea when traveling in the UK, because machine-made coffee there tends to the downright awful (Kennco office coffee machines, I'm talking to YOU)...but you can always get at least a halfway decent cup of tea.

                                                                                I drink only tea when in the UK and have no issues switching back and forth. (I work now in an office where the office coffee is just plain bad -- I either bring a travel mug or drink tea)

                                                                              3. "The best part of waking up, is Earl Grey in your cup" ....... doesn't have quite the same ring to it ;-)

                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                                  But Jean Luc Picard loves Earl Grey,Hot.

                                                                                2. I love real tea - have been drinking it for about 35 years. By real tea I mean made from tea leaves, not from flowers and straw and other miscellany. I feel embarrassed for nice restaurants when they offer only seeds and flowers in expensive packaging and have no actual tea to offer to their customers.

                                                                                  I have NEVER found a good cup of tea from high-end products/suppliers - it seems as if the fancier and more prestigious the brand, the more it tastes like straw, or worse, hot water.

                                                                                  I have also never encountered that magical loose-leaf tea that tastes so much better than a good bagged tea, and I have tried many. I am probably a supertaster, so that's not the problem, and yes, I know how to brew tea. I just don't get it.

                                                                                  Give me a massive box or two of cheap PG Tips from Amazon periodically and I'm happy!

                                                                                  4 Replies
                                                                                  1. re: sandylc

                                                                                    Have you tried the Lipton Rain Forest Alliance line of teas? I too usually buy what's on sale but these are great for a treat.

                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                      I've never actually met a drinkable Lipton.

                                                                                      I REALLY AM HAPPY with my wonderful PG Tips.

                                                                                      1. re: sandylc

                                                                                        Have you tried this line? It's not your usual Lipton by any stretch of the imagination.

                                                                                        Anyway, Proctor and Gamble, Unilever, what's the difference really? We're not talking high end here. I'm mentioning it because it was as good as all the overpriced bags I've ever tried, combined.

                                                                                        1. re: sandylc

                                                                                          I have drank a ton of tea in my life and Lipton is not bad.

                                                                                    2. If you're going to start drinking a lot of tea, I would seriously consider organic. Most tea sold on supermarket shelves has a lot of pesticides. I threw out all my crap tea last year and have been slowly replacing with better, organic teas, little by little. I feel better about drinking it, and about supporting companies that work to get a lower pesticide product.

                                                                                      This was the article that caused me to finally switch.

                                                                                      http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/21/do-you...

                                                                                      1. An acquaintance with someone who founded a coffee roasting company in the 1970s started me on a coffee binge. I got to the point of drinking 5-6 strong cups a day, and convinced myself this can't be good.

                                                                                        But I had always had a fondness for tea, since my early 20s (I'm now in my 60s). So I reverted to tea -- many varieties, mostly green, oolong, pu-erh, all unflavored.

                                                                                        One tea in particular had a kick equal to espresso coffee, but may be difficult to find...Huang Zhi Xiang, a lemony Feng Huang oolong brewed strong. Man, I was shaking and barely able to walk a straight line! Found it in NYC at a couple of Chinese tea suppliers. Delicious, too, and you can vary the strength.

                                                                                        1. Raw (green) pu-erh tea can be very stimulating, the dark cooked ones can also be pretty intense. Green teas in general tend to have more caffeine, as they're not roasted as much. Examples might include the lighter roasted green oolongs (e.g. Taiwanese high mountain stuff) or Gyokuro, and their more economical cousins, sencha.

                                                                                          4 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: limster

                                                                                            I don't believe there is raw green pu-erh tea.

                                                                                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                              Pu-erh comes in two forms - "cooked" (熟), which is more common (leaves are black in colour), to mimic/speed up the ageing process, and "raw" (生), where the leaves start green in colour but will darken with age.

                                                                                              You should be able to find those in a reputable Chinese tea shop with good sourcing. Red Blossom is SF is pretty good, here's a link to their pu-erh page which could be helpful:
                                                                                              http://www.redblossomtea.com/tea/pu-e...

                                                                                              1. re: limster

                                                                                                Thank you for the information. I will read your link in details.

                                                                                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                                                                  Shu (cooked) puerh has its advocates (and some can be quite nice) but sheng (raw) offers the most variety in flavor and aging potential. It seems it could take a lifetime to really learn all about sheng puerh. Some truly vintage cakes can be quite costly, and fakery of famous cakes has been known to happen. Still, there are many rewards, even in cakes only a few years old. I am a sheng fan, myself.

                                                                                                  There are a couple of interesting blogs about puerh that I read with interest: The Half-Dipper and Marshal N.

                                                                                                  http://half-dipper.blogspot.com
                                                                                                  http://marshaln.com

                                                                                                  Puerh can get expensive when buying whole cakes. Most vendors offer 25g (or so) samples, so you can try before you buy.