Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Tea of the Day!

Cranberry Apple Tea (The Spice & Tea Exchange): 0/5

~Apple, Hibiscus, Cranberry, Sunflower Oil(?)
~Caffeine Free

*sigh* Sometimes you get really excited to try the new tea that you just got for Christmas. Especially because you LOVE apples, and, well, cranberries can be fun too! And then it smells a bit like cough syrup (not Robitussin, I mean the non brand nasty stuff (don't judge me)). And that gets you worried. And then you brew a nice hot cup and it tastes like cough syrup too. That's a surefire way to bring you down on the best of days. Sometimes, it just doesn't taste good. This is one of those times.

In other news, I'm promoting the Hibiscus Delight to a 4/5. After several more cups of it, I kind of love it. ^_^

Tea & Health: Caffeine: Tea, Praised for its ability to enhance alertness, contains caffeine. The amount increases the more the leaf is oxidized - black tea contains more caffeine than oolong, green, or white teas. But even black tea has less caffeine than the equivalent amount of coffee. Depending on the way it is brewed, a 5-ounce cup of coffee contains 80 to 115 milligrams of caffeine, and green tea 15 milligrams. When hot water is poured on the leaves, some 80% of the caffeine in tea is released during the first 20-30 seconds. Tea can be "decaffeinated" at home by pouring off the first cup of water after 30-60 seconds and adding new water to steep the leaves in a second time.
~All About Tea Knowledge Cards

And herbal teas like this one have natural sugars from the fruits, but no caffeine!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Note to self: don't try Cranberry Apple Tea.
Note to Caffinate Tea: Caffine also soothes broncial spasms (as does heat) and can calm/reduce the severity of an ashma attack.
Dee

Whyte Fairy said...

I never knew that bit about the asthma bit! Nor did I know about caffeine soothing bronchial spasms (or the heat!)

Thank you for sharing! ^_^

Anonymous said...

Your welcome, learned that in bio class at college. Dee