Best Time To Drink Black Tea

Best Time To Drink Black Tea

Apr 11, 2018 9:04:31 PM

It's true, drinking black tea at the right time will help you enjoy it more. But that's not all, by timing the consumption, you'll also enjoy more of the health benefits that black tea can offer. In this post, we'll discuss everything you need to know about the best times to drink.

Black tea was the very first tea introduced to the West, when the Portuguese fleet was the first to brought this beverage to Europe (read more about: tea history). Tea drinkers today are becoming more and more familiar with other types such as green, white and oolong tea, but black tea remains the champion when it comes to popularity.

Its robust flavor has become a classic and easily accepted taste. And given that it's made from the same Camellia Sinenses tea plant, its health benefits aren't necessarily inferior to that of the other types.

When to Drink Black Tea?

Whether you're drinking black tea for weight loss, simple enjoyment or general health, below we will give you some tips on when to drink black tea.

  • Time of day: drink black tea during daytime, especially if you're sensitive to caffeine. While it contains less caffeine than coffee, it may still hurt your sleep. Research shows that quality sleep is important for general health and achieving a weight balance.
  • After meals: as black tea is one of the best tea types to help you digest food, we recommend to drink a cup of black tea 30 minutes after breakfast and lunch. This will definitely also help to achieve your weight loss goals. In the evening, if you want to drink tea as well, better switch to a caffeine free herbal tea such as chrysanthemum flower tea. If you do want to drink black tea before meals, add some milk. This will make the tea less harsh on the stomach, and help you avoid potential side effects.
  • In cold seasons: Autumn and Winter are great seasons to drink black tea. The intensively processed and oxidized leaves make black tea a great beverage to keep you warm during the cold seasons. What about Spring and Summer? Consider switching to cooling teas such as fresh green tea or white tea! If you want to know more about this difference between green and black tea.
  • Age: Related to the previous point. Older people will feel cold faster. As people age, it's better to switch to more oxidized teas to keep one warm. Black tea, ripe pu erh tea, and dark oolongs are the best choices.
  • Pregnancy: When pregnant, any caffeine containing beverage (including tea) can have an effect on the health of the pregnant mom and baby. We recommend to switch to other suitable herbal teas that do not contain caffeine.

Why Fresh Black Tea?

Black tea in tea bags are generally not great quality. The leaves are broken, mass-produced, and often times lack flavor as they're overly exposed to air during the production process and transportation. We highly recommend to stock up on artisan black tea. These teas are whole leaf and whole bud teas, which contain more antioxidants. At Teasenz, we also source direct from reputable farms and seal the teas directly into aluminium pouches to preserve freshness. Feel free to browse our selection of Chinese black teas!

September 18, 2019
September 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM
Is it good to drink black tea in the morning?
September 18, 2019 at 10:35 AM
Yes definitely. The caffeine in black tea can give you a morning energy boost and help you digest your breakfast better. As said above, it is important to eat first before you drink black tea.
Jacky M
September 18, 2019 at 10:33 AM
My wife is pregnant, and she says it's ok to drink black tea? Is this true?
September 18, 2019 at 10:37 AM
First of all, congrats! Black contains caffeine, and if you want to be prudent, it's better to avoid any caffeine containing beverages it all together. Is it high risk? No, but finding a caffeine free alternative brew is recommended.
August 10, 2020 at 5:29 PM
Can I eat bread in the morning and drink black tea after 30 minutes?
August 12, 2020 at 11:37 AM
Yes, absolutely. The tea will help and improve digestion.
August 10, 2020 at 8:45 PM
Hello this article helped me a lot. I am suffering from hypothyroid, over weight and digestion problem. Will black tea with lemon help to maintain my health???
November 26, 2020 at 3:27 PM
Definitely! They both have all sorts of health benefits, and the green tea will boost your metabolism, while the lemon will help burn fat!
August 29, 2020 at 2:40 PM
Hii, At the age of 17 its okay to drink black tea?
May 1, 2021 at 10:46 PM
Yes, definitely. Tea is generally fine for children as long as they're not overly sensitive to caffeine. We recommend to keep it at a maximum of 2 cups per day and avoid drinking in the evening for better sleep.
October 31, 2020 at 3:55 AM
Is it good to drink black tea before workout?
March 15, 2021 at 1:54 AM
Can we drink black after morning workout at empty stomach
May 1, 2021 at 10:58 PM
Drinking after a morning workout is fine, but on an empty stomach, we recommend to go for water first, and go for tea after you have your breakfast.
March 25, 2021 at 1:02 PM
Heyy I want to lose weight and for breakfast I eat brown bread and black tea and then for lunch some rice and black tea and same goes for dinner with this half me to lose weight
June 26, 2021 at 12:57 PM
I have acne prone skin.. do you think black tea will help in improving my skin texture. Is it good for skin?
July 29, 2021 at 11:54 PM
Tea is generally good for skin due to antioxidants in the tea, not just black tea. It's still recommended to follow the advice on when it's the best to drink it.
November 27, 2021 at 10:17 PM
Hello, I suffer from panic attacks and I’d like to know what the latest time to consume black tea is without it affecting my sleep.
December 27, 2021 at 10:39 PM
For most people, the mental boost from caffeine peaks in about 1 hour. Caffeine however will stay for many hours in your system. According to research it can take up to 10 hours to completely clear from your system. That said, for most people. The effect of caffeine should be gone in about 4 hours. That's why we recommend to simply avoid drinking tea in the evening hours. If you're sensitive to caffeine, then we would recommend to only drink in the morning, and avoid drinking all together if your doctor advises against drinking tea.
Owusu Boateng Andy
December 11, 2021 at 6:38 AM
If I eat late in the night, can I drink black tea early morning before breakfast ?
December 27, 2021 at 10:35 PM
We would still recommend to eat first and then drink tea after. If you're thirsty, go for a glass of water first, before your breakfast.
February 22, 2022 at 6:05 AM
Can we drink black tea in evening?
February 24, 2022 at 11:17 AM
If you're not overly sensitive to caffeine, it's possible to drink black tea in the evening. Ideally, 30 minutes after a meal, so it functions as a great digestive beverage. However, generally we do not recommend drinking in the evening if it affects sleep quality.
April 23, 2022 at 4:10 AM
Can i drink milk first in the morning and then black tea??
April 27, 2022 at 9:50 PM
Milk would indeed soften the tea's effect on the stomach. You could drink milk first, or drink it together as in a milk tea.