by Sarah the Tea Mistress
Tea in the morning can be more than part of a balanced breakfast; it can be anything from a life saver to a gentle push all depending on the tea you pick. Knowing what kind of morning person you are can help you choose the perfect brew. Take the short quiz below to determine your “morning” personality, then calculate your scores (we promise the math is simple) and see the explanations below to determine the morning tea that is right for you.
Your alarm clock goes off, you think… A) What alarm clock? I wake with the natural rising of the sun to the sounds of birds chirping. B) I’ll just hit snooze a few times and then start the morning grind. C) Can you count a crying child at 3am as an alarm clock? D) If that alarm clock wants to live it will think twice before sounding off again.
Your morning preparation looks most like… A) Firstly, the woodland animals help me create a look. Then I hop into my pumpkin and I’m off! B) I try to look nice without actually trying too hard. Shower, facebook, makeup, hair, shoes and then it is off to the races. C) It’s kind of like a mad dash to get out of the house with the least amount of stains and diaper changes. D) I have it down to an art, 20 minutes and I am out the door.
Your dependence on caffeine can be summed up by the following… A) I am on a natural high, life is my caffeine. B) I consume it on occasion but I can go without and still function. C) Once a day, sometimes twice, depending on the tasks at hand. D) I should probably be in a 12-step program but I am not ready to admit I have a problem, so, get off my back. Oops…time to get some caffeine!
Last one! During your commute to work you are most likely to utter the following… A) “Oh what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day. I got the funniest feelin’ ev’rthins’ goin’ my way!” – Roger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! B) “One more red light and I might just lose my cool!” C) “Come get these toys out of the hallway before someone breaks their necks…Because I said so!” D) “#!@% driver, get the^&*%# out of my way before use your car for NASCAR practice!”
Count up the number of times you chose each letter. If you chose mostly one letter go straight to that description, ignoring all others. If you are tied between two, read both descriptions that apply and congrats on being so complex!
Mostly As You are best in the mornings and just naturally have a lot of energy. I hate you! I mean other people probably hate you for this, but, you don’t mind because it is morning and you are feeling just fine! You likely do not need the caffeine so we recommend an herbal blend like Wellness or Tranquility, or a tisane like Berries Galore! Brew a warm cup first thing in the morning so you can sip as you whistle a happy tune all morning long.
Mostly Bs You don’t love the mornings, however, once you hit your stride you are fine with a little encouraging. Also, take care of that morning breath since tooth brushing was not on the list you chose! For a non-caffeinated choice we recommend Lemon Zest, a delicious rooibos with a perky lemon scent and taste. This is just the right amount of encouragement to get you moving. For a caffeinated choice, try a nice green tea like Genmaicha or a blended tea like Earl Grey. Both teas have a clean taste that will give you a gentle boost in the morning while still giving you that much needed morning energy shot.
Mostly Cs Did you actually have time to read this far? Impressive! Listen, are your kids too quiet? It's fine, go check, we can wait. Awesome, high-five on not needing to rush anyone to the emergency room! You are clearly a parent with much to do and whether your commute involves walking down the hallway or driving the carpool you do not have time to casually sip. For a non-caffeinated choice we recommend Sweet Sin, a yummy and aromatic rooibos with calming vanilla and raspberries. For a caffeinated choice we like Mahalo, a green tea that will whisk you to the tropics without leaving the comfort of your own mini-van. We also like Moroccan Mint, a flavorful and relaxing mint tea that will cover up that strange odor emanating from one of your adorable children.
Mostly Ds Others may not get you - but we do! You are a hoot with the owls at night kind of person who has to soar with the eagles in the morning, but not by choice. And while you likely go through alarm clocks pretty quickly you take charge and get things done no matter what. We won’t spend time on the non caffeinated choice because, really, what are the chances that you didn’t answer D for every question!?! You may be a little untraditional, but you might find the more traditional teas to be exactly what you need. We suggest Khongea Assam or Suprabhat (an Indian breakfast blend). Both are strong in flavor, smell, and are just as ready to kick butt and take names as you are, they may even help to tame that potty mouth of yours. If you really like a fruity twist you might also enjoy Plum Crazy (a fitting description of you in the car perhaps?) or South Sea Magic. Both blends mix the delicious zip of a traditional black tea with strong fruit additions to create the perfect balance. The scent and flavor will last you all morning! We are dying to know - what kind of morning person are you?