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March 11, 2005

Tea, Wonderful Tea

I've been cutting back on my coffee and replacing it with water and herb tea. The baby weight I've held onto since #4 was born hasn't gone anywhere and I'm not happy with that. I realized that the huge quantities of coffee I drink (along with the requisite cream and sugar) were adding more calories a day than I realized--especially in the winter when I always have a cuppa hot joe in my hand.

So, I've been slowly replacing all but my morning coffee with hot tea. My favorites are peppermint, chammomile, lemon, and green tea. I often make the boys lavender tea when they come in from the cold or right before bed. I like a tad of honey with the green tea (or when I'm sick) but other than that, I drink them sweetner-free. I can't wait to try Adagio teas--in fact, their Cha Cha blend sounds like something I'd love. For now, though, my usual comes from a small company that sells teas made from herbs gathered in the Carpathian Mountains.

I came across Adagio Teas earlier this week. After reading about their blogging promotional all over (and challenged by Andrea), I've finally decided to public my decision to break my coffee-habit.

Those who love learning about and talking about tea, be sure to check out the Adagio Tea sponsored online magazine, Tea Muse.

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Ah! The lovely baby #4 leftovers. I, too, am not happy with that. I just pulled on a pair of capris that are much too snug. I'm still blaming it on Millie, poor baby.

Alas I don't drink coffee and only like black tea, of course with cream and sugar. I have become quite a fan of Splenda recently though. Asparteme free and all... if you know it's really bad for me, I don't think I want to know. ;)

Posted by: Megan at March 11, 2005 06:05 PM

its simply blaspheny to speak of coffee in this way. I'm going to pretend i never read this.

Posted by: Dana at March 11, 2005 06:44 PM

(hee-hee Dana!)

Where do you get the lavendar tea? That sounds wonderfully soothing. Does it make wild boys settle into dreamy sleep? Please, please say yes. ;)

Posted by: sparrow at March 11, 2005 08:36 PM

Yo, I love coffee. I am also finding that I should be giving it up. For the very same reasons! I love tea too! But boy is it expensive. Is it just me or does it cost more per cup for tea than coffee? I really need to cut back on the caffeine and the sugar.


*teeth chatter*

See ya

Posted by: MegLogan at March 11, 2005 08:40 PM

Dear Mrs. Tulip Girl;
Buy why go to Adagio Teas when you can buy higher quality (tastier too) from one of your reformed brethren in New England? OK, most cusomers will have to wait until May 1st to purchase online, but send me an email and I'll send you a few samples from Portsmouth Tea Company...just for fun.

By the way, a portion of the profits from Portsmouth Tea will go to Education, specifically Classical Christian education. I'm a PCA elder and chairman of a small Classical school - hoping to plant a Presbyterian college in Portsmouth, NH down the road (a goal of our church).

So, (Tulip Girl) send me your address and I'll send you a few samples of whatever you like. I'm going to do the same for the PalmTree Pundit - she's my sister-n-law.

Marshall Malone
President
Portsmouth Tea Company

Posted by: Marshall Malone at March 11, 2005 08:44 PM

*LOL* I'm laughing because I've been wanting to write a similar post, but just haven't found the time. (Then again, I haven't found the time to post about anything lately.) I don't really like herbal tea, but I've been enjoying black, green, white teas. (Have you every tried white tea? It's delicious.) I've never heard of Adagio Tea. I've been ordering from Stash, which has some great closeouts right now, btw.

Maybe we should hijack the TRW coffee thingy and start posting our tea!? :-)

Posted by: Missy at March 11, 2005 11:51 PM

TG,
My favorite tea is Good Earth, everything they make is fantastic! I am smitten with the Good Earth original, myself. Here is a place where you can buy them.

Posted by: kristen at March 12, 2005 05:20 AM

Oh my, Marshall. Thank you for your kind offer. I'm all for supporting small businesses that are run by people with similar ideas--and that support good causes.


And you ladies. . . I'm being a bit hypocritical here. I'm savoring my coffee as I type about giving it up. Really, I'm making progress--but I could never forsake the Worthy Bean completely.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 12, 2005 09:11 AM

I have been a coffee aficienado for years and only made the complete switch to tea this year. I guess I needed to find the right tea. However, the water is boiling and my wife is upstairs waiting on her morning coffee to be delivered. She has yet to make the move. When that happens, Ode to Joy will ring out in our home.

I have been running focus groups on my teas for a year. Many women have made the switch from coffee, never thinking they would. I am receiving many reports of better mornings and fewer stomach and headache problems. Is it tea or Portsmouth Tea? I'd say the latter.

Posted by: Marshall Malone at March 12, 2005 12:21 PM

I tried to get off coffee, and I just couldn't! I'm a weak person. I recently bought a coffee bean grinder, and have become a coffee snob. I only drink two cups, and I'm willing to sacrifice other delicacies for my cream and sugar.

Btw, thanks for asking about my daughter. I posted on my blog today that the doctor thinks she was just suffering from a virus.

Thanks for asking about her, and for your cyber hug. Personally, I'm still hoping she'll stay at home. She may find she changes her mind.

Posted by: Kim in ON at March 12, 2005 01:35 PM

A really good tea can be addictive. I've been ordering from Harney's Tea in Conneticutt - Dh and my little 'splurge'. I love, love, love Viennese Earl Grey and Chai. I still doctor it up with cream and sugar though (not so great if you're counting the calories).

Posted by: Andrea at March 12, 2005 03:14 PM

I have to agree with Missy - Stash is such a delicious tea! Their Creme Carmel Decaf is absolutely fabulous! Go to http://shopstashtea.com/teadecaf.html to check it out! That's my plug for Stash. :)

Posted by: Trish at March 12, 2005 07:32 PM

I never could get used to the taste of coffee, so I've been a tea snob for years. My favorite store is still Teasource (www.teasource.com). It's in Minnesota, where I'm from, and I still get my mom to send me their tea now that I live in Vancouver. Winter Spice is perfect on a cold day, or dreary rainy ones. The owner actually travels around the world tasting teas for his shop. Good luck in your new tea adventure!

Posted by: Kerith at March 13, 2005 01:24 AM

I don't drink much coffee, but I've been a black tea fan all my life. I've also had terrible migraines, also all my life, on a regular basis. A year ago, don't remember why I switched to green tea. My migraines are gone! It's a miracle.

I haven't found my favorite brand of green tea yet, though... I try different ones. If anyone has their favorite brand they can recommend, please feel free to do so.

Posted by: Goldie at March 13, 2005 01:34 AM

Oh, Tulip girl, I am a huge, huge, hard core tea lover. I'm always sad that so few people appreciate the varieties of tea out there and how healthy they are. I'm sure you can find lots of Ukrainian hearbal teas that are wonderful. I'm in the midst of discovering all the great Korean teas. Have fun and watch your health improve!

Posted by: Dogwood Blue at March 13, 2005 01:38 AM

Nothing like a good cup of tea at any time! It truely is beneficial for mind and body!

Posted by: Thia at March 13, 2005 04:10 PM

TG,
Coffee has never really been my thing - even though I worked in a coffee shop in college *gasp* ... BUT, I do looove tea. Vanilla tea is my favorite - you should give it a try. :)

Posted by: Stacey at March 13, 2005 06:42 PM

Hi, try rose hip tea - great flavor and excellent source of vit. C.

Posted by: Hello at March 14, 2005 05:33 PM

Wow--I never thought I'd get so many recommendations on good tea to try! Yum!

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 14, 2005 09:38 PM

Recent studies suggest that caffeine interferes with weightloss, but that effect can be offset by daily Green tea . . . so we really can have it all!
P.S. Love your hair lately Tulipgirl!!

Posted by: javameish at March 18, 2005 10:30 PM


 
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