Who doesn’t love to sip on a warm cup of black tea every now and then? On second thought, it’s probably safe to assume that if you’re a black tea drinker, you likely enjoy at least one cup (or two), daily.
There’s something very calming about sipping on tea; from lightly grasping the delicate cup, to the warm aromatic steam on your face and the earthy rich flavor. There are a number of reasons why we love black tea, and it’s no wonder why it is one of the most widely consumed teas in the world—it comes with a bunch of health benefits that you might not know about!
Despite the caffeine (which is only half of what a cup of coffee would contain), black tea is calorie-free and contains antioxidants among other healthy components. When you learn about some of these positive health benefits, you’ll see why we chose to include black tea as an ingredient in some of our vice cream flavours.
(Earl Grey Bergamot (with activated charcoal!), Earl Grey Blueberry, and Lavender Earl Grey are recent examples of this!)
What is Black Tea Exactly?
Black tea leaves come from the same shrub as green, white, and oolong teas: Camellia Sinensis.  The natural processing of the leaves in black tea is unique, as they are wilted and then oxidized, meaning the chemicals in the leaves are exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air. This process turns the leaves from green to a dark brownish/black colour.
Rich in Antioxidants
Having a rich source of antioxidants in your diet is highly beneficial for fighting off free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases.  Black tea is full of polyphenols, an antioxidant that contributes to protecting your cells from DNA damage.  (Side note: this means that this antioxidant will also promote the appearance of younger, healthier skin!)
Research is also suggesting that polyphenols and catechins (an oral protecting antioxidant found in the tea), may prevent certain types of cancer. In fact, women who drink black tea on a regular basis are lowering their risk of ovarian cancer and cardiovascular disease!
A cup of black tea will instantly perk anyone up. Sure, the caffeine can be associated to that sudden burst of energy. However, there’s another reason: the bergamot that we combine with our Earl Grey vice cream is known for its mood-boosting qualities! The citrusy, floral aroma of bergamot also effectively calms emotions of those suffering with anxiety, depression or stress.
So if you’re looking to turn your day around, try a cup (or a scoop!) of Earl Grey Bergamot!
If you’re in the Yaletown area, come on in for a scoop of Earl Grey to enjoy the health benefits of black tea. Remember, our flavours change daily, and we don’t want you to miss out! If you’d like to know if we’re scooping Earl Grey, please don’t hesitate to call the shop and ask.
See you soon! Have a Nice Vice day.