January is National Hot Tea Month, which had us doing a little research of our own on the benefits of hot tea. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that substances in tea, especially green tea, may promote weight loss by increasing the amount of energy spent by the body. Then there’s the research reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found that people who drank three cups of black tea per day produced five times the amount of germ-fighting cells than those who drank coffee, an especially handy stat during flu season. Which finally led us to catalog B&Bs in Wisconsin that serve tea as part of their beverage service. Feel like the Queen Mother herself when you sip tea at Ye Olde Manor B&B House B&B in Elkhorn, where innkeeper Karen Fulbright-Anderson said they have a ‘”ridiculous selection of teas, some in fancy bags, some loose, all delicious.” The Ludlow Mansion in Monroe serves teas that the innkeeper brought back from Africa. Guests at the Westphal Mansion Inn B&B in Hartford can watch a tiny ball of Flowering Jasmine Tea become a beautiful flower. Wisconsin tea companies like Cha Cha Tea in Madison, Fava Tea in Appleton, Rishi Tea in Milwaukee, Door County Coffee & Tea Company, and Baltica Tea Room in Port Washington are among the state’s most sip- worthy contenders.