The beginning of the school year is always a tough time. From the transition of the peaceful, easygoing weeks of summer to the sudden rush of gathering supplies and scheduling every single little activity, it's easy to get overwhelmed. While we can't work with you on that upcoming group project or lend you the notes from that lecture you slept through (it's not your fault; that professor is really boring, especially at 9AM), there is one way were we can help you out.

We know that the next few months will be filled with endless quizzes, tests and deadlines; that's why we've done our homework and picked a few brews that are packed with ingredients which lead to less stress, more focus and increased brain power, amongst other amazing benefits. 

If you're feeling stressed out, there's no need to worry. Step away from whatever you're doing for a 5 minute break, take a series of deep breaths, and grab a calming tea like these delicious artisanal brews from Ritual Tea. Each of these drinks is made with a unique ingredient profile; two of our favourites are the Mumbai Chai and the Green Tea Mint. 


Because chai contains black tea, cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom and black pepper, it can improve digestion, increase metabolism, fight respiratory system-based allergies, and help you relax. Green tea is also linked to a host of benefits, including improved brain function thanks to an amino acid called l-theanine that works with caffeine, giving you a calming boost of energy. 

In the mood for something with a little sweetness? You might prefer these Acai Berry Vitamin Burst. This drink has vitamins B3, B6, and B12, making for a tasty treat that assists in combating the bad cholesterol LDL, the regulation of mood via norepinephrine and serotonin, and gives you a bit of energy for those moments when you're feeling tired, respectively. Besides being an antioxidant-rich, refreshing brew, this little pod packs a wide range of health benefits when you're feeling down and out after a major study session. 


But what about coffee? How could we leave that out? Of course, there's no way we could make a Brew Ville list and leave out this special drink. We've chosen a secret go-to brew that's becoming a fan favourite. If you need a real wake-me-up or need to buckle down and focus in order to finish studying for that test, the Jolt of Joe will be your new best friend. This brew is not for the caffeine sensitive; with the ability to make up to 16 oz of coffee, this K-Cup only uses the best beans and is based on Joe Martinson, founder of Martinson Coffee.


Need some more recommendations as to what brew will be best for you during this semester? Stop by Brew Ville; we'd love to recommend a coffee, tea, or similar drink based on your preferences. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all kinds of coffee related stories!