Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TEAdious Tuesday


I have customers who come in every day asking for tea with no caffeine. There are lots of choices for them but I never understood how anyone could get through life- or even the day- without a bold cup of assam or an earthy pu-erh. Anyway, tea has little caffeine compared to coffee, so how could it hurt? Last week my doctor told me that I should stop drinking all caffeinated beverages- I asked her if she was joking...I spend all day drinking tea! She told me she was serious so I grudgingly replaced my morning assam with rooibos and my 3pm pu-erh with ginger tea. While I like rooibos and herbal infusions it does not make up for the lack of black tea. This morning I drove my son to his first day of high school and of course I was either driving too slow, was in the wrong lane or not understanding his dire need to play a particular X-Box game and by the time we got to the school I cannot say I was sorry to see him go; it was a long 25 minute ride. After I dropped him off I went to the restaurant warehouse to pick up some supplies and on the way to the car I lost 4 bottles of syrup as they slid off the flatbed (no shopping carts, only flatbeds at this place) and rolled under a big truck. I wasn't going to go under the truck to fetch them so I just left them there. I won't tell my husband that I left the syrup- he will be aghast that I "threw money away". By the time I got to my shop and unloaded everything I really needed my black tea. I decided to ease into being caffeine free- too weak to go cold turkey! I enjoyed a big mug of robust Formosa Oolong. Did I tell you that the doc said not to have sugar either- ha!

5 comments:

JosieKat said...

Too funny. I cannot imagine starting my day without my English Breakfast tea. Plus, what is so wrong with a little caffeine, it isn't like drinking a shot of espresso!

Chloe said...

I am a rebel. My doctor also said to stop caffeine. Pwish...I still drink my cup of black tea every day.

Anonymous said...

It is true that decaf does not cut it for the first drink of the day. Kudos for sticking with it the rest of the day.

TeaBar said...

Thanks for your support :)

Jason Witt said...

Hm. I'm afraid I would simply refuse to do it. It's even possible that the doctor isn't informed very well about the difference between coffee and tea for how the chemicals affect a person. Tea has theanine to balance off the theine so it's not at all like a situation with coffee. Last year I quit all caffeine and did well with it for a few months. But that's what precipitated my current devotion to tea. And now I'll never believe I should quit tea, until the day I die. --Teaternity