Types of Tea: When Should I Drink Green Tea, Oolong Tea or Black Tea?

New to Tea or Self-Proclaimed Expert; when should you be drinking green, oolong or black tea?

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  • Usually the lowest caffeine
  • Most mild, sometimes sweet
  • The All Day Drink


  • Mid-range to varying caffeine
  • Mild and sweet
  • Floral and aromatic
  • Afternoon to early evening tea


  • Most / Highest caffeine
  • Generally bold flavor
  • Strong infusions
  • Morning / “Wake Me Up”
  • Too much caffeine for bed and night time

Green Tea

I, personally, treat green tea as my “anytime and anywhere” tea. Pretty there’s a pretty good range of green teas, especially across Japanese and Chinese tea culture. Think Japanese Matcha and Sencha vs Chinese Longjing and Gunpowder.

If performing multiple infusions like a Gongfu tea ceremony, you’ll notice the evolution of flavor and aroma from sweet green to a smooth yellow.

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Oolong Tea ( qingcha tea)

Oolong is my favorite tea because of the versatility. Widely regarded as an “inbetween tea“, Oolong has both properties of Green and Black because it is only partially oxidized.

The flavors and aromas of oolong are generally very floral; reminding me of walking through a flower garden on a crisp, warm day.

Most commonly used in the Chinese tea ritual ceremony known as Gongfu, oolong is a another tea I can drink from sun up until about early evening; the only thing lacking here is caffeine content is you use tea as your morning beverage.

Though caffeine isn’t the only source of energy; oolong teas tend to contain a great amount of Polyphenols.

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Black Tea

This variety of tea is also incredibly vast in nature; containing the most amount of coffee and bold flavor, black teas are my general “Wake Me Up” teas due to their caffeine content.

Though I prefer my dark roasts and espressos in the Coffee Universe, I usually tend to stray away from black teas. I find this tea the easiest the prepare incorrectly; it is very easy to steep for too long, recently in a bitter flavor.

Black teas are bold, sometimes earthy; you can really taste the influence of the soil.

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26 thoughts on “Types of Tea: When Should I Drink Green Tea, Oolong Tea or Black Tea?

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  1. I’m not really a big tea drinker, so I have to admit, I didn’t even know the differences between the major types until reading this article. Thanks for helping me learn something new today!

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  2. There are time when certain teas should not be consumed. Because of caffeine contained in them teas like green tea or black tea, also oolong since it has the properties of both black and green, should not be consumed at late hour late or before bed. At least that is my experience with them

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  3. Is drinking tea a mental/emotional discipline thing? I’m an alcoholic with the hand-to-mouth habit. Usually I need to slow down rather than hyper up. Things might be different now, though. Thanks for the like.

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      1. Tea in the past has made me feel paranoid, actually. But that was when I did both tea and alcohol in the same day. I quit drinking on 9/12, so I think tea’s worth another try. I remember when I enjoyed it, esp the taste of good old Lipton black tea.


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