9 Tea Time Must-Haves That Are Helping Me Cut Back on My Coffee Addiction

I'm resolving to break up with coffee this year. Opting for tea instead has so many benefits—but it can be hard to know what you need to make the switch. Thankfully, I rounded up my absolute must-have tea essentials to make the transition seamless.

A hot teacup and tea kettle sit on a towel in front of string lights
White, green, and pink box of Tazo tea photo

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Tazo Foragers Prickly Pear Cactus Tea

For many first-time tea drinkers, the beverage can come across as a little weak compared to coffee. To ease into my new tea routine I started by drinking lots of punchy, bold flavors, like this fruity one from Tazo, featuring the prickly pear cactus of the Southwest. Inspired by the flavors of America, this tea collection includes other ingredients from notable spots like Juniper Mint Honey from the Rocky Mountains and Wild Apple Sarsaparilla from the Midwest. ($4; target.com)

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White and multicolored painted Anthropologie tea cups from Nordstrom photo

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Anthropologie Home Pheasant Moths Mugs

Ok, I'll admit it—half the fun of drinking tea is getting to enjoy my beverage out of one of these adorable, fancy tea cups. This set of cups from Anthropologie have a vintage, bohemian feel, perfect for when I'm sipping my earl grey tea on a sunny weekend morning. And since there are four in the set, you can prep a drink for each of your friends or family members, too. ($64; nordstrom.com)

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Copper and black Fellow Staff tea kettle from Nordstrom photo

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Fellow Stagg Stovetop Tea Kettle

Sure, you could prep your tea by heating water in the microwave, but to really lean into the experience I suggest boiling your water in an elegant kettle like this one. It features a built-in thermostat so your drink always comes out at the perfect temperature, and is compatible with both gas and electric ranges for easy heating. (From $69; nordstrom.com)

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Tall, thin jar of Savannah Bee Company tupelo honey from Williams Sonoma photo

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Savannah Bee Company Tupelo Honey

Good, high-quality honey is essential for enjoying your cup of tea (especially as a beginner) and this jar of tupelo honey is just about as good as it gets. The light, flavorful raw honey comes from the Appalachian river basin and can be stirred into tea, spread on toast, or drizzled over yogurt for a sweet treat. Trust me, it's worth the investment. ($30; williams-sonoma.com)

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Four various tea spoons stamped with sayings from World Market photo

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Hand Stamped Tea Spoons

Make your tea even more of a treat by using a cute little spoon to stir in your favorite honey. This set of four spoons is designed specifically for tea, thanks to their size and cute tea time sayings. And since they each come in a different vintage-inspired shape, they'll add an eclectic boho vibe to your kitchen or desk. ($17; worldmarket.com)

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Multicolored, glittery travel mug from Ban.do photo

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Hot Stuff Thermal Mug

Whether you're taking your tea into meetings or drinking it on the way to work, this travel mug is a must-have. Its fun pattern will add vibrancy to your everyday life, and its insulated double-wall thermal material will ensure your drink stays hot even through an extra-long commute. ($10, orig. $18; bando.com)

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Tea Forte multipack tea sampler set from Amazon photo

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Tea Forte Organic Classic Tea Sampler

Once you've started to acclimate to your new tea habit, it's time to branch out and find out what other flavors you enjoy. This sampler pack is just the solution, with five teas to choose from, ranging between everyday Earl Grey and invigorating English Breakfast. And since these are all loose-leaf teas, they're a step above your average (read: beginner) bagged ones since they feature whole, real ingredients. ($15; amazon.com)

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Orange Fred Como tea llama infuser from Sur La Table photo

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Fred Como Tea Llama Infuser

Loose teas need a bit more equipment than bagged ones, but we're not complaining when the accessories are this dang cute. Fill this little orange llama with your favorite tea leaves and perch it in your cup so it distributes flavor throughout the hot water. And when you're done, simply drop the leaves into the trash and run the infuser through the dishwasher so it's ready for next time. ($11; surlatable.com)

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Four multi-patterned tea canisters from World Market photo

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Hand Painted Tea Canisters

Once you've found a few varieties of tea you especially like, you can buy them in bulk and store them in canisters like these handcrafted ones. They keep loose tea leaves fresh thanks to their airtight cork lids—and not to mention, they look totally stylish sitting atop your kitchen counter. ($28; worldmarket.com)

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