Last week on a rainy Monday I walked into Tealish for the second time to check out some of their fruitier blends. Oh man this place is great, I love again the cozy atmosphere that wraps you up in a blanket. It is also cool to be a customer in a tea store as most often I am usually behind the counter making tea for people at Davids. Smelling all the teas does not get old. I love it.
I picked out a delicious coconut oolong to drink and bough two packets of tea as follows;
1. Razmintazz: a herbal tea with peppermint, giant raspberries, chamomile, apple and hibiscus. The Tealish girl sold it to me by saying it tastes like pop rocks. Yum! Even though I don’t get that pop rocks taste when I drink it, it still satisfies my palate completely. It’s so refreshingly fruity with a pop! of mint.
2. Rainbow Rooibos: what a great fruity rooibos with pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple and rosebuds. Not overly fruity as you would expect with so many flavours and that’s what I love about it.
I need to have a tea party soon so I can share all these great teas with my friends. Look at these dinosaurs just enjoying their tea. The little guy being the hostess:)
Determining the levels of caffeine in a tea can be very difficult because there are so many variables that need to be considered. Such variables include, soil, vegetation, water temperature, steeping time etc.
The steeping time can change the amount of caffeine that is released into your cup of tea. A black tea doesn’t necessarily have more caffeine than a green tea, but it tends to have that stereotype because you generally steep it longer than a green or white tea.
Adding herbs and spices changes the level of caffeine because there is less of the actual Camillia Sinensis plant in the brew.
Studies of caffeine levels in tea are all different; the scientific conditions in which the study takes places are also different then how each and every one of us brews tea at home.
The caffeine in coffee is not the same in tea, it enters your blood system a lot slower and gives you a nice gradual increase of energy rather than that jolt you get from coffee.
If the tea you’re drinking makes you feel good as much as it tastes good than don’t worry about the caffeine levels and just drink it!:)