Keeping in tune with the latest foodservice beverage trends in Arabia, it is clear that tea is firmly on the agenda. Not only are consumers starting to select which restaurant or café to visit by their beverage offering, but there is an indisputable rise in the health conscious consumer.
For better cross selling and upselling, make sure your staff are well versed in the types of tea and their health benefits. We know you are busy, so here is a quick refresher:
Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content. It is also used as the basis for flavored teas like chai. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by smoking. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of antioxidants which may interfere with the growth of many types of cancers. Studies have also shown that green tea may prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
Strictly speaking, rooibos is an infusion, not a true ‘tea’, as it’s made of the twigs and leaves of the rooibos bush rather than tea plant leaves. According to WebMD, Rooibos tea has 50% more antioxidants than green tea, which means it works even harder to fight cancer. It’s also rich in Vitamin C, low in tannins and may ease digestive problems. Many women in Japan drink this tea for its positive effect on the skin and hair. Because it’s caffeine free, it may be drunk without limit and won’t affect sleep cycles or cause insomnia as with some other popular teas.
Fruit and herbal teas
These aren’t strictly teas, but a wonderful collection of aromatic herbal infusions that have created a tea culture all their own. From chamomile tea to peppermint and fruit blends, there’s a large range of brews available to tempt any palate.
When the weather gets a little warmer and you need instant refreshment, there’s nothing better than iced tea to do the job. As simple to make as it is enjoyable to drink, and preserves all the positive health benefits as listed above. For some great iced tea recipe inspiration, check out our Fresh Brewed Ice Tea recipes.
At the Lipton Institute of Tea, we have done some research of our own on the health benefits of tea. Download the Lipton Tea & Health Report and keep it handy in your establishment for easy reference.