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Tea Essentials: What Every Tea Drinker Should Have

There’s just something so wonderfully delightful about tea: it can help you fall asleep, ease aches and pains, or just provide a delicious, healthy alternative to your morning coffee. Tea is also versatile and can be served hot on a cold day to warm you up or cold to cool you off in the summertime.

Teas contain some pretty amazing nutrients and are chock-full of antioxidants. It’s no wonder tea is ubiquitous in most parts of the world and enjoyed as part of a healthy daily routine.

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Benefits of Drinking Tea

Tea is not only delicious both as a hot or a cold beverage; it’s one of the few drinks that’s actually good for you. Enjoying a brew regularly can provide benefits like lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Teas such as black and green contain flavonoids which are credited with combating high cholesterol and reducing the overall presence of inflammation in the body. Hot tea is a classic remedy for soothing sore throats, calming an upset stomach, or easing menstrual cramps when you’re feeling under the weather.

The teas most commonly associated with health benefits are herbal, white, green, and black teas. Most teas are completely safe when enjoyed as directed; however, it’s important to monitor the consumption of black tea and other teas containing caffeine.

Our Favorite Tea Supplies and Appliances

Barisieur Tea + Coffee Alarm Clock by Joy Resolve

Yes, you read that right. This tea and coffee maker is also an alarm clock. It’s like Joy Resolve commissioned Macgyver to create the perfect morning appliance. Who doesn’t want a freshly made cup of hot tea or coffee to start your day right when you wake up? Even better, when your alarm goes off in the morning, the delicious aroma of your favorite beverage will already be in the air. It sure sounds like a great way to start your day, right?

Why We Love It:

  • The tea and coffee maker has a refrigerator component to keep milk fresh.
  • You can store a week’s worth of ground coffee in the drawer compartment.
  • It’s a fantastic conversation piece to show off during the obligatory home tour for new guests.
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Le Creuset Enamel On Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

If you’re in the market for a new tea kettle, this whistling kettle from Le Creuset is an excellent option. Le Creuset is always a favorite among home cooks to make high-quality, colorful products. This kettle is practical, but it’s also highly rated and comes in a variety of fun colors to brighten up your kitchen. It also features a heat-resistant ergonomic handle to keep you safe from the hot water while you pour.

Why We Love It:

  • There are nine color options to choose from, making it easy to match your kitchen decor or add a pop of color.

Amazon Basics Electric Hot Water Kettle

Electric kettles are a safer alternative to traditional kettles and great if you have small children or are prone to forgetting things on the stove. Electric kettles have an automatic shut-off feature, unlike a conventional kettle that sits on top of your stove and boils until you turn it off. Electric kettles also heat up faster, saving you money on your energy bills. It’s a great addition to your arsenal of tea supplies.

Why We Love It:

  • This particular electrical kettle is backlit with a blue light, which gives the kettle a cool ocean storm effect when the water starts boiling. It’s the little things in life, right?

Tea Essentials and Gifts for Tea Lovers

Honey Spoons by Crate & Barrel

Honey is always a great way to sweeten your tea while also enjoying additional health benefits like soothing a scratchy throat. These handy honey spoons are perfect for tea lovers who want a sophisticated addition to their tea routine. Bonus: the spoons are adorably packaged, so gift wrap is optional.

Why We Love It:

  • The honey spoons are made from natural, quality ingredients and have a nine-month shelf life.

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

Your tea enthusiast will love this sweet South Carolina tea leaf-infused vodka by Firefly. It’s all the down-home Southern charm of sweet tea made even better with delicious vodka. Enjoy this delightful vodka with lemon juice for an extra Southern flair. Include a fancy julep glass, and bless your heart, you’ve got the perfect gift set.

Why We Love It:

  • This sweet tea-inspired vodka is distilled four times and carefully infused with all-natural tea.

Ember Mug 2

Don’t put yourself through the disappointing experience of making the perfect cup of tea only to have it get forgotten and go stone cold. We’ve all done it, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Ember Mug 2 is the busy tea or coffee lover’s new BFF, keeping the tea nice and hot at temperatures between 125F to 145F for up to an hour and a half. This smart mug is perfect for the tea and coffee lovers in your life.

Why We Love It:

  • The Ember Mug 2 comes with an electric coaster that plugs into the wall to keep your drink hot as long as it’s plugged in.

DIY Tea Gift Basket

This may be obvious, but the most important tea supplies are… well, great tea. Tea lovers enjoy trying new and exciting teas and tea products, so why not make a gift basket of teas? Gather up a variety of teas like Chamomile and Spearmint and the classic English Breakfast to add to your gift basket. If you’re looking to add some unique goodies to your basket, add organic tea concentrates, cookies, and a cute mug.

Why We Like It:

  • DIY baskets are always a great idea for giving unique, thoughtful gifts tailored to the receiver’s interests. You can add whatever goodies you want to your basket and find some exciting gifts to include.
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Coffee and Tea Straw

If you’re someone who enjoys a good cup of loose leaf tea or freshly ground coffee, you’ve probably swallowed a few tea bits and grinds. Straining your drink works okay but often misses some pieces, and it’s a time-consuming process. Skip the straining, and enjoy your freshly made brews without the hard bits, thanks to a filtering straw. This straw filters out tiny pieces of tea leaves or coffee grinds and lets you enjoy a smooth drinking experience. This straw is truly a tea essential for purists who prefer their tea freshly made from leaves instead of bags.

Why We Like It:

  • The filter straws are made from BPA-free materials and are dishwasher safe and reusable.


Now that you know exactly what tea essentials you need for your kitchen, enjoy some more tips for giving the perfect gift (or treat yourself!) on our blog.

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