Seasonal Features

Avoid the 3 p.m. Slump with these Teas

Feeling yourself eyeing the clock around 3 pm, counting the minutes until you can go home and recharge? If you’re someone who finds yourself feeling less productive mid-afternoon, tea, one of the best natural energy boosters, can help.


Sips by is a personalized tea discovery subscription. Each month, we match tea drinkers across the U.S. with delicious teas from over 150 global tea brands that we’re sure they’ll love. Members receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more about our tea subscription service.



If you typically turn to coffee for a mid-afternoon boost and don’t find that it impacts your sleep, then caffeinated tea can be a great option to grab.  Because these teas contain l-theanine in addition to caffeine, you get the benefit of sustained focus without feeling wired like you might with coffee. Pop these teas in your desk or purse for a go-to energy boost.



Rich in antioxidants, green tea is an awesome alternative to coffee. Because it’s got a great balance of L-theanine and caffeine, many people say that they feel more productive when they drink green tea. Plus, green tea’s antioxidants are great for brain health, helping to boost memory. We recommend Green Tea Peppermint by Traditional Medicinals which pairs green tea with organic peppermint for a natural uplift that supports healthy digestion and eases headaches, or Matcha On-The-Go by teapigs, the perfect way to enjoy matcha at the office. Just shake it up in your water bottle.



Got a hankering for chocolate mid-afternoon? Your body might be craving it because it’s a natural source of caffeine. Plus, it’s downright delicious, so it can give you that natural mood boost. Level up your afternoon with Mocha Organic Yerba Mate Blend by Soul Maté. It has the caffeine of yerba mate as well as coffee, combined with the refined sugar-free sweetness of cocoa, coconut sugar, and raw vanilla bean.


A popular tea for energy, mate contains the natural stimulants caffeine and theobromine (the compound found in chocolate!). It also contains a number of natural anti-inflammatories to help support your immune system, so you get those added benefits alongside your added energy. Try Energize by Snarky Tea, a tea specifically designed to help women take on the world, containing yerba mate and matcha, as well as spices like turmeric and ginger to support overall well-being.



White tea contains polyphenols that are essential for brain health as well as a moderate amount of caffeine to reinvigorate you. Get uplift from Orange Blossom White Tea by The Republic of Tea or restore with Buddha’s Blend by Nepal Tea.






Just because you’re staying away from caffeine doesn’t mean you can’t use tea to boost your focus and energy levels. These teas are packed with awesome ingredients that can help to uplift your mood.



The scent of peppermint alone is revitalizing, which is why it’s an awesome tea for beating the slump. Peppermint tea is also great for soothing headaches, perfect if you’re feeling strained from looking at a computer screen all day. Try it in Turmeric Peppermint and Clove by Tipson Tea, which contains other wellness herbs, or keep things more simple with the minty combination Organic Mint Fields by The Republic of Tea.



Like peppermint, citrus is another scent associated with reinvigoration. This fruit tea is loaded with vitamin C to keep you healthy, but is also awesome for helping you to stay hydrated. Refresh with Orange Lemonade by Tealyra, a fruity infusion that is awesome hot or iced, and also contains eucalyptus for a boost.


Cinnamon is a great wellness tea, but it’s also awesome for helping to regulate your blood sugar, which can help keep your energy levels more even. Plus, cinnamon is one spice that is frequently suggested for brain health and has even been shown to help boost concentration and focus. Cozy up with Rooibos Spiced Chai by Davidson’s Organic Teas, a caffeine-free blend that is particularly delicious with milk.



Although you might not often think of rosehip for energy, it actually contains a number of B vitamins, which are important for boosting energy levels. Rosehip is rich in anti-inflammatories to help keep you healthy. Grab Activitea by Miss Tea, which has rose petals as well as the refreshing flavors of hibiscus, lemongrass, spearmint, and orange peel.


whiteA naturally energizing spice, ginger helps to improve circulation, which can give you a much-needed boost of energy. But it’ll also help to relieve stress and calm digestion at the same time. Golden Mylk by Aesthete Tea is a soothing and anti-inflammatory blend of ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, and coconut flakes.



Need an extra pick-me-up? Look no further than the Mood-Boosting Teas Box. Brew up these blends and drink in feelings of warmth and joy that will radiate long after your teacup is empty. This tea-lightful selection was carefully chosen to enhance your mood, which means it’s packed with blends to help you increase positive energy, focus and happiness. Get ready for an extra spring in your step after each sip.

Interested in trying these teas and others? Subscribers receive 4 teas chosen just for them in every box. Learn more about our tea subscription service..