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drank Samurai Chai Maté by Teavana
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Thanks to Michelle for sending this along.

I actually drank this a couple days ago, while working on an assignment for school. I really needed some caffeine, and knowing tea might not be quite enough, I thought about coffee. Now, I have nothing against coffee, but I’ve really tried to cut back on it when I can and drink tea instead. Also, I didn’t want to support Starbucks if I could help it ;) .. And then I remembered I had this tea. Yerba Mate is known to contain LOTS of caffeine, and since I needed a “fix” I figured this was the perfect time to try it.

Since I knew Yerba Mate wouldn’t need to expand, I put this is a tea filter, boiled some water, and let it steep while working on my assignment. Not sure how long I brewed it for – at least 6 minutes.. maybe closer to 8? It was not bad at all. I agree with the other reviewers that it tastes a lot like Big Red gum, since the cinnamon is so strong. It’s definitely not a bad tea, and was tasty enough to drink the whole thing.

I general, I plan to limit my Yerba Mate intake since I don’t want to have caffeine overload. In general, I don’t like to “need” it to get through my day. But there are definitely dragging days. I wonder how this compares to the Mate Vana, the other mate tea Teavana sells..

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DaisyChubb

mm this one actually sounds pretty good! I find mate is quite gentle with caffiene (as opposed to coffee). I get my energy but not the jitters/heartburn I get with coffee! Either way, it’s a great pick-me-up on those slow days that’s for sure :)

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DaisyChubb

mm this one actually sounds pretty good! I find mate is quite gentle with caffiene (as opposed to coffee). I get my energy but not the jitters/heartburn I get with coffee! Either way, it’s a great pick-me-up on those slow days that’s for sure :)

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So the short story is, a few years ago I was VERY MUCH into tea. And then a lot of things happened, and I got out of tea for a while. And now, I’m back.ⁿ

To me, tea is the missing puzzle piece for my healthy lifestyle. When I drink tea I am encouraged to eat healthy and be active. I drink tea because I simply enjoy the taste, but the health aspects are just an added bonus.

I love all types of teas, although greens and oolongs tend to be my favorite. I’ll drink herbals if I’m feeling a little under the weather. And recently I’ve been getting more into young shengs (also chasing that elusive “cha qi”).

Unless otherwise stated, I drink my teas straight. I’ve been doing gongfu mostly these days, so I use a ceramic gaiwan with an electric kettle. For greens and some oolongs, I’ll do a western style with a glass mug or regular infuser. I try to specify if my brewing parameters are outside the norm.

I’m kinda strict when rating my teas. I rarely give a tea above a 95. Teas that I really like I keep in the 95-85 category. I’ve yet to give a tea 100 yet. So, if you see a tea about 95, that means I thought it was an amazing tea!

ⁿ – Note: I did step away from tea for a while.. again. But now I’m back for REALZ. Usually I have to put this interest on hold when real life takes over, so I’m hoping for no major life events these days.

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