(The Triangle Trend) — Tea drinkers know that one of the best things about Winter is drinking hot tea whenever and wherever. There are over 20,000 different teas in the world, according to Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss in The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to the World’s Best Teas; so it’s basically impossible to get bored of the hot drink.
If you’ve ever needed a reason to drink a cup of the leafy goodness, consider National Hot Tea Month your golden ticket. January is National Hot Tea Month in the United States and Canada, and January 12, 2021 marked the sixth annual National Hot Tea Day.
You’re free to argue that every month is national tea month in your books, but The Tea Council of the USA has recognized it as January since 1950.
Unlike the controversy surrounding coffee, herbal tea is widely praised for its health benefits.
Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, told the Tea Association of The USA, “The many bioactive compounds in tea appear to impact virtually every cell in the body to help improve health outcomes, which is why the consensus…is that drinking at least a cup of green, black, white or oolong tea a day can contribute significantly to the promotion of public health.”
Observing this national month is as simple as sipping some tea and posting a photo of it to social media using #NationalHotTeaMonth, #HotTeaMonth, or #TeaTime.
Tea is so versatile that it can be enjoyed by virtually everyone with the right add-ins and at any time of the day. Whether you’re rising and shining with a hot cup of white tea, known for being gentle on the stomach, or hitting the hay with some Chamomile nighttime tea.
When you’re out and about, here are the top Apex “teahouses” that’ll let you observe this national month in style.
6108 Old Jenks Rd, Apex, NC 27523
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Served in small, medium, or large, The Wake Zone’s tea specialties are “Organic Hot Tea” (ask about their selection), “Bright & Crisp Black Tea”, and “Tropical Green Tea”.
1011 Beaver Creek Commons Dr, Apex, NC 27502
All of SipCha’s teas can be ordered with or without boba, vole jelly, red bean, apple popping, blueberry popping, mango popping, lychee jelly, or matcha milk cap. Their classic hot tea flavors are Green Tea, Black Tea, Chrysanthemum Tea, and Rose Tea. Their fruit tea specialty drinks incorporate a wickedly delicious mix of kiwi, passion fruit, strawberry, watermelon juice, blueberries, pineapples, and few other tropical mix-ins.
219 N Salem St, Suite 101, Apex, NC 27502
Common Grounds has got to have one of the most extensive tea selections in all of Apex. They offer 12 flavors of their “Mighty Leaf Teas”, like Organic Spring Jasmine and Organic Hojicha, as well as four decaf choices. They also sell variants of Red Rooibos Tea, marketed as “All natural 100% South African tea, naturally caffeine-free and loaded with 5X more antioxidants than green tea.” They offer Tea Lattes, including everyone’s beloved Chai Tea Latte and a Matcha Tea Latte. Their three Tea Specials are “Yerba Matte”, “Gunpowder Pearl Green Tea”, and “Gunpowder Pearl Green Tea”.
1201 Beaver Creek Commons Dr, Apex, NC 27502
Although Starbucks is hailed for their indulgent coffee selection, they harbor a pretty impressive assortment of hot teas as well. Their menu lists 13 hot tea drinks in total, divided by Chai Teas, Black Teas, Green Teas, and Herbal Teas. Included in this selection are four Tea Lattes, listed as Chai Latte, Matcha Green Tea Latte, London Fog Tea Latte, and Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte.