Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the world (the only one that ranks higher is water), and we know why. It’s exceedingly soothing, deliciously addictive, and packs incredible health benefits. Tea comes in endless forms and flavors, too: matcha’s made for those who love green with caffeine, infused iced tea is the perfect sip for sweltering summer days, knock back a kombucha for probiotics, and when you can’t quell your bout of insomnia, there’s chamomile. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of tea types—there are over 20,000 teas that exist in the world, and more enter the market daily.
Flavor is, of course, a personal preference. But when it comes to choosing a tea you know is going to be good for you, we look to the pros. Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, author of Eating in Color, provides us with the four types