Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Crazy for tea, but not for caffeine

So I don't react all that well to caffeine. I love caffeinated beverages, but apparently, they don't really love me. I'm still waiting for a caffeine-free coke that tastes the same as a regular coke, but it just isn't quite there yet. Better for me (and for my bones, and my waistline) that I don't partake of the soda anyway.

But I do drink tea every morning, and there is a serious dearth of tasty decaf teas out there (I buy looseleaf tea from Tealuxe, rather than the supermarket). A couple months ago, I bought a slew of yummy teas (mostly caffeinated) from Tealuxe, but then they started to give me headaches on the weekend, for one, so I cut back. But they're tempting me, sitting in that drawer next to me at work and calling to me. So I decided to test out a potentially apocryphal theory I'd heard that when you steep tea for 30 seconds, it leaches out the caffeine, then you pour out the water and steep it again.

And so far, good to go. I googled it, and it turns out not to be apocryphal. Caffeine does, in fact, leach out within the first 30 seconds.

Do any of you have work-around solutions you've used for you favorite food/drink that doesn't sit right with you?


Leah J. Utas said...

I'd never heard that about leaching out the caffeine. Interesting.
I wonder, if I needed the opposite, a big hit of caffeine, and I leached out several bags and collected the proceeds, what would happen? I'm not sure I should find out.

The Lethological Gourmet said...

Oooh...megacaffeineshot!! Andthenyou'denduptalkingsofast nobodywouldbeabletounderstandwhat youweresaying!

When I get caffeine and sugar (read=coca cola) you have to scrape me off the ceiling.

GroundedFitness said...

oh man, Im pretty sure half of my blood is pure caffiene, so Im of no help.

Except to show you have severly addictive it is. as I am sipping coffee right now :)

Kelly Turner

WeightingGame said...

don't know if this counts but I freeze brownies and cake when I getthem at parties/have leftovers. That way I can't scarf them right away and can take out little bites every now and then when I'm craving something fidgy. Pus, they're frozen, so I have to wait a bit before biting them, so I don't devour the stuff!And cold, dense brownies are realy so, so good.

The Lethological Gourmet said...

Kelly, it is so addictive, isn't it? I've heard of people who drinks several pots of coffee a day, and I don't know how they don't get blinding headaches on the one day they aren't able to drink all that. I imagine the contestants on Survivor must go off caffeine and cigarettes and all that stuff, or they'd just go nuts on the island.

WeightingGame, that's a great idea! I freeze mint girl scout cookies, but those are easy to just take 3, then another 3, and you can eat them frozen. But waiting around for a brownie (or apple crisp, I'll be making that soon) to thaw definitely makes it harder to inhale like you could if it were just sitting in the fridge (have to eat it or it'll go bad, right?)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Have you tried Rooibos tea? (I'm probably spelling it wrong). It's also called red tea, and is not actually tea but tastes like it, and has lots of antioxidants. No caffeine either, from what I understand. The Celestial Seasons vanilla flavor is pretty darn tasty.

The Lethological Gourmet said...

Crabby, I have tried it (and you have spelled it right!). I like some of the rooibos flavors and not others. I have a peach rooibos that tastes a little too woody for some reason. I should try some other flavors...

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