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I really wasn’t going to log this, but I’m still thinking about it a day later, so I might as well.

Yesterday we hosted our first Thanksgiving at our house. I wanted to be sure to have sweet tea for my Southern family, but I also am trying to avoid caffeine since I’m pregnant. I had several of these pouches from before the pregnancy, sitting on a shelf near the stove, and decided I’d make them decaf.

To do so I boiled two pots of water, dropped the tea bag in one for 60 seconds, mashed water out of the bag, and transferred it to the new pot for a regular steeping time (about 3.5 minutes for me).

And it was great! I had two cups of sweet tea, everyone had their traditional Thanksgiving beverage, and I am imagining drinking lots and lots of sweet tea again. Now I just need to feel comfortable trying this with a really good quality loose leaf hot tea.

Until then, I’m going to keep using up my decaf/herbal/rooibos stash. :)

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Auggy

Sadly, a 60 second rinse won’t get rid of much caffeine in tea, that’s just a myth. Carolyn posted this great link (http://chadao.blogspot.com/2008/02/caffeine-and-tea-myth-and-reality.html) in the discussion area. You might want to check it out – very interesting stuff!

laurenpressley

Maybe not lots and lots of sweet tea, then. :)

takgoti

Indeed, that link is filled with a lot of awesome. Carolyn: Dispelling Your Caffeine Urban Myths Since 2009.

Congratulations on your forthcoming little one, by the way!

laurenpressley

No kidding, very useful (and makes a lot more sense than steeping for 30-60 seconds did)…

Thanks for the congrats! We’re really excited!

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Auggy

Sadly, a 60 second rinse won’t get rid of much caffeine in tea, that’s just a myth. Carolyn posted this great link (http://chadao.blogspot.com/2008/02/caffeine-and-tea-myth-and-reality.html) in the discussion area. You might want to check it out – very interesting stuff!

laurenpressley

Maybe not lots and lots of sweet tea, then. :)

takgoti

Indeed, that link is filled with a lot of awesome. Carolyn: Dispelling Your Caffeine Urban Myths Since 2009.

Congratulations on your forthcoming little one, by the way!

laurenpressley

No kidding, very useful (and makes a lot more sense than steeping for 30-60 seconds did)…

Thanks for the congrats! We’re really excited!

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a tea drinking librarian
& a reading, yoga practicing, mommy

I’ve been into tea, at some level, since college with a first tin of loose tea brought back by my parents from Oxford. My love of tea increased with a visit to Boston and a chance cup at Tealuxe. Since then I’ve only gotten more interested in tea and have developed more of an appreciation for it.

tea rating guide
(updated 12/2010)

100: a perfect cuppa. these are the teas I’ll keep in my cupboard and tend to be one per type of tea.

90-99: will definitely get more of this tea

80-89: likely to get more and perhaps it will become a favorite with time

70-79: very good, depending on my mood or the season

60-69: wouldn’t actively try to get this tea, but also wouldn’t avoid it in a tea shop or restaurant

50-59: run-of-the-mill tea for me

40-49: decent, would hit the spot in some moods, but probably wouldn’t purchase it for my cupboard

30-39: okay, will try again, maybe

20-29: meh. I’d try this tea again if no other were available

10-19: drinkable, but a forced cup

0-9: didn’t even finish the cup

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