When people think of single-serve pod machines, they usually think of coffee, but there are actually plenty of tea alternatives out there that are just as easy and quick to make with pods.
Tea Pods in a Variety of Flavours
There are plenty of flavours out there, so whether you are an English Breakfast, an Earl Gray or a Rooibos kind of tea’er you will always have something to choose from. In fact, there are many varieties from a lot of the big name brands – more than you would see in their usual tea bag or loose leaf collection, with flavours such as PG Tips Raspberry and Apple or Caramel and Vanilla.
If you are looking for something a little more special, then you might want to look at some of the gourmet collections of tea such as Gourmesso’s Infusion Bundle of Nespresso compatible teas. The flavours in the bundle include classics such as a green infusion made from 100% rolled green tea leaves, a black infusion from 100% rolled black tea leaves and for those who prefer something without the caffeine injection – a herbal mint infusion which combines peppermint, calming chamomile and aromatic fennel along with a fruit plum infusion which contains a black chokeberry, hibiscus blossom, apple, licorice root, plum and cinnamon flavouring.
One of our favourites are the Teespresso teas with the classics such as Earl Grey, a pure green tea and some herbal variations with a chamomile tea and a Marrakesh mint. What we love about these teas is that each of these pods can be used for up to three times for three cups of tea and they still taste great.
We would definitely recommend rinsing out the machine first before brewing yourself a tea – especially if you are sharing the machine with coffee drinkers. There is nothing worse than having a nice cup of delicate refreshing tea ruined by coffee dregs.
Something we are incredibly excited about and that gives you a clear conscience when using pods – because we have all heard about the 150 – 200 years it takes for an aluminium pod to degrade – is the advent of the reusable pod. You fill it yourself with one of your favourite loose leaf teas and use it in the machine. No waste and no guilt.
You can even buy stainless steel pods and a seal for the top of the pod. Perfect! Take a look a selection of the best selling teas.
It is thought that coffee and tea pods made from aluminium can end up taking around 150 – 200 years to degrade – many of those years they will be lying around in a landfill. If that isn’t bad enough, it is thought that the process used to refine the aluminium that goes into the capsules, produces a great deal of toxic waste.
For some people, going without their daily caffeine fix just doesn’t seem like an option. The little capsules that bring you a cup of joy at just the flick of a button and the whir of a machine are quick and easy ways of getting a quality hit.
So what should we do if we want to help the environment, remain conscientious about our choices and avoid shouting the office down because there is no decent coffee or tea?
There are plenty of companies out there now who are making their mark on bringing us environmentally-friendly coffee and tea capsules, and they certainly don’t compromise on quality.
Companies like TeaOne and Terra Leaf are making capsules from biodegradable paper. Take a look a selection of the best selling teas.