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I can’t get enough tea. Black tea was my first love, with its deep, complex, earthy flavors. When I was told to give up anything containing caffeine, I immediately ditched coffee and all members of the camellia sinensis tribe in favor of herbal tisanes. Fortunately, rooibos was able to take its place for the most part. I’ve since developed a long list of favorites, from caramelly roasted dandelion root, to sweet honeybush, to slippery althea root.
Here are some of my favorite caffeine-free tisanes, along with some neat tea accessories I thought you might enjoy.
Blue Glazed Yixing Teapot — $50
Yixing teapots are prized by tea afficionados due to their subtle effect on the flavor of the tea– since the pots are left unglazed, they gradually absorb the essential oils present in the leaves. Over time, these pots produce mellower, fuller-bodied cups of tea than their glazed counterparts. For this reason, it’s best to use a single type of tea each time in a yixing pot, and avoid cleaning the interior with soap. While most yixing pots I’ve seen are unadorned, I love the blue flowers painted on the outside of this one. Source.
Crystal Tea Infuser — $10
Only need a single cup of tea? A tea ball might be perfect for you. These guys are made of stainless steel, decorated with the crystal of your choice. These would be perfect for crafting a quick brew– just pick the crystal that corresponds to your intent. I’m feeling a cup of chamomile and lemon balm made with an amethyst infuser right now! Source.
ARSENIC Demitasse Cup — $18
I know I’ve mentioned how much I love Wicked Tea Party’s wares before, but this cup is simultaneously eerie and adorable and I was initially hesitant to even post it in case someone bought it out from under me. If you like tea and dark humor, you’ll love Wicked Tea Party. Source.
Rooibos Chai Tea — $10
Ever since I realized I was too caffeine-sensitive for black tea, chai is one of the things I miss the most. There’s nothing like a fresh, warm cup of spicy chai, especially when the weather’s chilly. Luckily for those of us who can’t do caffeine, Amber Freda has a kickass rooibos-based chai that’s warming, delicious, and totally caffeine-free. Source.
Caffeine-Free Tea Sampler — $19.95
Looking for a gift for the tea lover in your life? How about this set of six herbal teas? This set includes Strawberry and Hibiscus, Peach Apricot Hibiscus, Blueberry Hibiscus, Blood Orange Hibiscus, Turmeric Ginger Rooibos, and Vanilla Lemon Rooibos. Source.
Vintage tea cups collection poster –$22.90
How cute is this poster of vintage teacups? Printed on a reproduction book page with eco-friendly methods, it’s a great gift for the tea lover who has everything. Source.
Blue-Turqoise Patchwork Teapot — $395
I love the colors of this hand-built teapot. Every bit as functional as it is beautiful, it’s painted with food safe glaze and underglaze and is guaranteed to make a statement in any tea service. Source.