You might be asking why do I care about drinking less coffee and drinking more tea? It started a few weeks ago when my caffeine intake caught up with me. Not just physically, but the black liquid gold I love so much also started messing with my moral compass. I had been riding on a mid-morning high from my Starbucks venti Blonde Roast coffee (with a shot of espresso) when, all of the sudden, like a skyscraper falling from a C4 demolition, I came crashing down hard.
The truth is, I needed coffee. Like a toddler needs a toy in the toy store, kicking, screaming, and crying until his mother gives in, I needed coffee. If you caught me with low caffeine levels in the first half of the day you would have found a mix between Hulk, Scrooge and a sloth. I was impatient, irritable, and tired. All because of a chemical that I needed. Here lies the moral compass problem. I don’t want to need coffee (let alone any substance) to function. Sure, it’s not like coffee is heroin or crystal meth, but it still seems wrong to be a slave to something besides the bare minimum elements of survival (oxygen, water, food).
Some people, when deprived of food, get “hangry,” (hungry/angry). I’ve been hangry many times, but now I was getting “thangry” (thirsty for coffee / angry).
On an average day I was consuming about 350 mg of caffeine. This is two large cups of coffee between 7-10am and then some form of espresso (latte, Americano, triple-espresso, etc.) after lunch, around 2-3pm. Needless to say, it took a few thangry spouts to realize that this caffeine intake needed to be taken down a notch. Maybe that’s not a lot of caffeine for some people, but for me, it was enough to crash and become a thangry Hulk/Scrooge/sloth.
In addition to my dismay for the grotesque amount of caffeine I was consuming, I was also getting more unhappy with the way coffee’s acidic qualities continued to wreck my stomach and leave me with daily gut rot. (Article link below for more on this).
OK, here it is, how to drink less coffee. I’ve given away the trick, which is substituting coffee for tea. But it is more complex than you think so don’t stop reading yet. In fact, we had to hire NASA scientists and test this theory on lab rats for ten years before we could publish this. (Are you asking who is “we?” Good question. It’s just me, Chris, but “we” sounds much more scientific.)
Bring in the Baby Steps:
Step #1 Start substituting coffee for tea, one at a time.
(Start by substituting just one of your coffee servings each day for a tea serving, and then progress from there as desired. I know you’ll miss that delicious Columbian roast with a splash of half & half, but trust me, you’ll be OK for one serving a day.)
Step #2 Learn how to like tea. Or if you can’t learn, pretend.
(Face it. Tea will never taste as good as a delicious hot cup of java, so get over it and start appreciating tea for what it is. And, for anyone who actually likes the taste of tea more than coffee, you’re dead to me. Or you are a liar, and may God bless your soul.)
Step #3 Get the right equipment to make tea more convenient.
(Coffee is, for the most part, convenient to make and to take with you in transit. Brew and toss it in a mug and go. Tea, not so much. The bags with those weak strings that break; and the right temperature water; and the open-top mug of scalding water sloshing around while dipping the bag while driving… It all just sounds like a real hassle if you ask me. That’s why you need the right equipment to easily brew tea and make it mobile and convenient.)
I’ll revisit step #2 now because I am sure there are some tea fanatics that are now very upset at this opinion. It’s not that I hate tea, it’s just that the taste of coffee and espresso is superior to the lesser tea leaf. I’m fine with the taste because I know it’s health benefits (article below). In fact, we humans will pretend to like almost anything if it’s good for us. What I mean is, let’s be honest, who really likes canned tuna, cooked spinach, or Brussel sprouts? These are all terrible tasting foods that we eat because of purely their nutritional value. The answer is, “almost nobody actually likes those weird foods,” yet we eat them anyway – because we know they are healthy. My point is, if, instead of having health benefits, you discovered that canned tuna, cooked spinach, and Brussel sprouts were actually NOT healthy, would you ever eat them again? Of course not! However, you already know that double stuff Oreos, caramel fudge, and potato chips are terribly unhealthy, yet you do decide to eat those. Thus, you are eating these “healthy” foods purely because they are “healthy” and not because you actually enjoy the flavor.
Booya, tea snobs!
Oh right, back to tea… I’ve always avoided tea because of the inconvenience. Dipping the tea bag in a hot open mug while driving in rush hour traffic is not a way to start my morning. So finally, the moment I needed: a few weeks ago a friend at work recommended to me “Chris, if you ever want to get your ‘tea game strong,’ then you need to try this awesome mug…”
And now, here to guide you through Baby Step #3, I introduce to you… Drum roll please… The Sei Sei Tenchi Bottle! (link below)
Sei Sei Co is a genius company that has made my tea consumption convenient and tasty. Simply drop your tea leaves in the small canister inside, take the mug with you anywhere, pour hot or cold water into the mug when you are ready to drink, cover and let steep, and wah-lah, you have a travel tea mug.
Since buying the Tenchi bottle I have reduced my caffeine intake to one coffee per day! I do still drink my coffee and MCT oil around 7 am, but have slowly weened off the mid-morning and afternoon cups which were becoming more of a liability than an aid. The tea comes in around 2-3pm when I am needing a small pick-me-up, and I end up with only about 100mg, or less, of caffeine per day.
My Sei Sei mug is my new best friend. And I am on my way to “tea game strong.”
Click here to check out the Sei Sei Tenchi bottle: http://www.seiseico.com/#!product-page/c2z9/b136f58a-6e0c-d4b5-020c-63ad22e6fe40
Click here for some health benefits on tea: http://www.webmd.com/diet/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits
Click here for more on the acidity of coffee: http://teeccino.com/images/uploads/pages/File/gitract.pdf