I’m not a tea drinker – but I want to be! Why? Because tea can be very good for you!
I was asked by Bondi Beach Tea Co. if I’d be interested in trying out some of their teas. I wasn’t sure I’d be the best person in the world to review their teas because I’m no tea connoisseur but I decided to go ahead and try them and provide the perspective of someone who is a coffee drinker (with milk and stevia for sweetening) and a complete novice when it comes to tea because I want to be a tea drinker (see first line above)! To be honest, my decision was very much influenced by the wonderful health benefits of the teas and these fabulous facts:
- They don’t contain any laxatives or preservatives.
- They’re pure, unadulterated tea straight from nature.
- They contain high-quality, organic ingredients which are sourced using sustainable farming practices whenever possible.
- They’re not a sleazy weight loss gimmick. They’ve formulated their teas to help support your body work more efficiently and do its job properly. They’re intended as a compliment to an overall healthy lifestyle.
- They’re made from specially selected teas that have been well researched by herbalists from around the globe.
I was sent three (3) different blends of tea to try but there are many more available as well, including:
- Detox and weight loss teas
- Mother, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding teas
- Combo Packs
- A vast range of different tea blends
I love their serving suggestions:
- Served hot like you after a sweaty gym session
- Served cold like your ex’s heart
Made me laugh! I’ve only tried them hot so far but I’ll be sure to give cold a go too!
I would have liked to try these teas over a longer period of time (to give my tea drinking palette time to mature) before writing a review, but with the kitchen renovation and more going on around here, the opportunity, time, and availability of uncluttered space for me to taste test and photograph the teas for a post just wasn’t there. The promised review had been delayed long enough though, so post kitchen renovation, my priority has been to try these teas and get the review written and published before chaos reigns again in the WOTM household … as more indoor house painting is on the horizon! My words therefore are based on only a couple of tastes of each tea by myself and the opinion of a friend who taste tested with me one day last weekend and she is actually a tea drinker [THIS Instagram post refers]! Note that I have no sense of smell so any comments relating to the scent of these teas will come only from my friend.
Let’s take a look at each of the teas I tried
HEARTBURN TEA (soothing, calming, mellow mint)
Bondi Heartburn Tea is a blend of herbal infusions traditionally renowned for soothing the discomfort of heartburn and safe for the entire family:
- Organic spearmint leaf
- Organic lemon balm leaf
- Organic chamomile flowers
- Organic marshmallow root
- Organic raspberry leaf
I suffer with terrible acid reflux and in fact am on daily medication for it, so this tea was of great interest to me. The first time I tried it was when I was actually experiencing some heartburn/reflux and in all honesty I can say that YES it was very soothing to sip away on and in fact is my favourite of the three teas that were sent to me. I sipped away on it for some time as I was sitting at my computer working and soon forgot I had any reflux at all! It’s quite a change for me from the stevia sweetened milky coffee that I usually drink but I found it quite soothing to sip on.
My friend really enjoyed this tea too. She said it has a peppermint scent and the flavour is mild. She found it soothing to drink.
BONDI PURE GREEN (organic matcha green tea powder)
As you can see from the images above, this one is a vibrant green coloured powder and once boiling water is added it a very green coloured tea. The 100% Organic Bondi Pure Green is high in chlorophyll, which has the ability to suppress hunger pangs. It also helps to hamper toxic metal and chemical absorption in the body. It contains only 35mg of caffeine per teaspoon, which is a third less than a regular cup of black coffee.
Now I have to be honest and say I have never taken to green tea, though I’ve tried several times with a variety of different green teas because I know it is so good for you so I really want to like it! I was interested to try this one because it comes in a different form (powder) to what I have tried before. Turns out, this one too wasn’t to my taste but perhaps I need longer to mature my tea drinking palette? My friend has a much-loved and favourite green tea that she drinks and unfortunately this one did not knock her favourite off its post. We both found our experience improved by adding a squeeze of lemon juice in our teas, so perhaps with a few more tries to adjust our palettes we may change our tune!
You know a great thing is that Bondi Beach Tea Co. have written this fabulous post on 5 Simple Different Ways to Use Matcha which offers myself and others other ways to use this tea and get the wonderful health benefits from doing so!
This one apparently has properties similar to red wine! That’s because it contains Acai Berries that get their vibrant red colour from anthocyanins, which are a powerful antioxidant also found in red wine. Anthocyanins may contain health benefits including anti-ageing properties and could help with enhancing memory (just what I need!!). It contains the following herbs (and listed after each, what they help with):
- Raspberry leaf – women’s health; PMS, fertility, and preparation of a pregnant mother for birth
- Hibiscus – hair and skin health, metabolism, anxiety, hormone balance, symptoms of menstruation such as mood swings
- Acai berry – healing, energy-stimulating, immune boosting
- Hawthorn berries – tummy discomfort and cramps
- Goji berries – skin health, protect the eyes
- Rose petals – skin purification
- Mandarin peel – hair and skin health (packed with Vitamin C)
Wow! Pretty impressive what this stuff can help with, don’t you think?!
My friend said that this tea had an understated berry flavour that left a soothing taste on her palette. She said it feels very calming to sip on and is surprisingly delightful. Surprisingly delightful because she was concerned she would find this tea too sweet for her. That was not the case at all.
I found this tea pleasant to drink, though a little bland for my palette. Most likely this is because I am used to sweet, milky coffee and I need longer to adjust my taste buds. I’ll keep drinking this one for the health benefits and in the meantime, given time, I’m sure my palette will adjust to a different taste experience to what I am used to.
I’m not sure that I’ll ever be a green tea lover but I’m not giving up on it yet! As for the other tea blends, I think my taste buds need a bit more time to adjust to less ‘sweetness’ but that I could grow fond of tea drinking. I’d like to try more of Bondi Beach Tea Co’s teas. I am very keen to try one of the Bondi B-Slim Detox Programs in the near future. They help to kick the bloated fat sluggish feeling and what woman wouldn’t love that! There are also all these benefits that you may experience when drinking the Bondi Beach Tea Co’s detox and colon cleanse range:
- lower inflammation and acid in the body
- better digestive health
- feeling clearer and lighter
- speed up your metabolism
- fat burning
- more vibrant skin
- reduced bloating
- more energy
- boost in immunity
See why I’m determined to transition into a tea drinker?!! In the meantime though, I’ll continue with the teas I already have and get my palette a little more used to drinking tea (without milk and stevia)!
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