Caffeine has been part of my everyday life for many years. I start my day with my favorite cup of organic loose leaf tea and by mid- day I reach for my best cup of organic white or green tea. I actually never considered alternatives to this daily routine, nor did I want to. However recently a new health development has occurred for me in which dramatically reducing if not entirely eliminating caffeine is what the doctor ordered .
At first I thought this was dreadful news, but to my amazement, by giving it a try I have discovered something new.
I went through the discomfort of a few days of headache which comes from detoxing caffeine. I stayed with it and came out the other side to a newly discovered daily plan, and one that has surprised me as to how good I feel and also how satisfied I feel in continuing my favorite beverage “tea”.
Here are some of my secrets:
1. Any tea, black, white , green can be dramatically reduced by 85% of its caffeine content simply by discarding its first steep. It is true that a great deal of caffeine is released in the teas first few minutes of a tea brew. I simply rinse the first brew allowing a minute or two to steep and then pour out. Away goes the majority of caffeine and still leaving all the flavor and nutrients that I love in the leaf. This re-steeping works best with white and greens teas, although I have done experiments with black tea which taste just fine.
2. In praise of Decaf tea! I have been really enjoying a good quality decaf tea. Tea can become decaffeinated through the organic process of Co2 method of extracting caffeine from the tea. The taste remains wholly satisfying and yet I can really tell I am not receiving any significant caffeine.
3. Now if your diet or health plan calls for 100% no caffeine, then your best bet is to drink herbals and tisanes. All decaf teas and even rinsing caffeine from the leaves still leaves a modicum of caffeine. I have become a convert to Rooibos teas. Rooibos is not technically a tea and carries no caffeine. The richness and full body of flavor really deliver.
4. Some of my new found favorite teas are; Da Cha Tea Two Scotties Royal Decaf Earl Grey. All the flavor of a delicious black tea but very little caffeine. I have become a Rooibos tea lover. Da Cha Teas offers several different blends of rooibos, such as Rubeus Africana , Chocolate Cherry Rooibos, Sugar Plum Spice, and others. All these exotic flavors keep me in good spirits through out the day and evening.
These alternatives make a very reasonable and sustainable way for me to still enjoy tea every day just as I have always done. I hope if you are looking for alternatives for whatever your reasons that I have helped show a few examples that work for me.
Happily Tea drinking once again.
by Pushkin Buntin – professional tea drinker and caffeine light weight