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Old 02-04-2008, 05:07 AM   #11
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I have no problems with green tea or yerba mate. I've tried to give up coffee completely so I've just shifted my addiction.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:14 AM   #12
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Alkaloids...particularly glycoalkaloids...the subject of my next PMenu article on nightshades!
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:35 PM   #13
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That's a well known practice in teh tea community...HOT water ruins most teas, especially Greens which are very fragile. You should watch how carefully the experts handle it, babying loose leaves like they are glass ornaments.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:56 AM   #14
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For those of you who have had issues with green tea, I think I have the solution. I used to have the same reactions when drinking any sort of green tea until I tried brewing the tea in lower-temperature water. Rather than boiling water and adding it right to the tea while it's steaming hot, I now heat the water only until there are a few bubbles at the bottom of the pot, and put my finger in the water to feel the temp. I've found that the best temp. is when it's hot, but not to the point of where you have to pull your finger out in order to avoid being burnt. I then pour the water in and let it brew for several minutes (5 mins usually), dunking the bag occasionally. When I drink it this way I find that it increases alertness, energy, and well-being overall.
I guess I never took the time to read the box of green tea from Trader Joes but this morning when I was reaching for it I happened to notice on the back it says:

"Let water cool 5-7 minutes after boiling...steep 1-2 minutes. Dunk tea bag in and out a few times."

Funny.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:47 AM   #15
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Started on the yerba mate bandwagon a few days ago! This came on the advice of a well respected Oly coach when I questioned about dropping a weight class/few more lbs! He recommends it to those who arent caffeine sensitive as it helps to speed up metabolism!

In all actuality it does taste a bit like dirty water; but, I kinda like it!
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That's a well known practice in teh tea community...HOT water ruins most teas, especially Greens which are very fragile. You should watch how carefully the experts handle it, babying loose leaves like they are glass ornaments.
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:27 PM   #17
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Started on the yerba mate bandwagon a few days ago! This came on the advice of a well respected Oly coach when I questioned about dropping a weight class/few more lbs! He recommends it to those who arent caffeine sensitive as it helps to speed up metabolism!

In all actuality it does taste a bit like dirty water; but, I kinda like it!
Try mixing it with some stevia and a TBSP of Honey pre-workout, amazing boost. Also having the same brew post workout is a great recovery agent.
Have a look at W/F/S YerbaMateCafe.biz if you want some good flavors the Mint Mahtay is unreal, and their ultimate bombilla's are great to drink it with.
This stuff is my favorite way to start a day,

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Old 03-11-2008, 02:47 PM   #18
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I've indulged in the coca-leaf mate while I was in Bolivia. It has a pretty interesting taste and does have caffeine-like effects. You get a little buzzed from it.

The Bolivians use coca leaves and mate tea to:

-stave off hunger or an upset stomach
-boost energy for studying/working in the fields
-as a medicinal herb, they think it has healing properties

(it's legal in Bolivia at least, it takes a whole field of leaves to make a small amount of coke, check out Evo Morales and his defense of the coca leaf)
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Try mixing it with some stevia and a TBSP of Honey pre-workout, amazing boost. Also having the same brew post workout is a great recovery agent.
Have a look at W/F/S YerbaMateCafe.biz if you want some good flavors the Mint Mahtay is unreal, and their ultimate bombilla's are great to drink it with.
This stuff is my favorite way to start a day,

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Thanks, looked over the info but am gonna stick with the plain variety from the health food store now!
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Old 03-11-2008, 04:06 PM   #20
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I've indulged in the coca-leaf mate while I was in Bolivia. It has a pretty interesting taste and does have caffeine-like effects. You get a little buzzed from it.

The Bolivians use coca leaves and mate tea to:

-stave off hunger or an upset stomach
-boost energy for studying/working in the fields
-as a medicinal herb, they think it has healing properties

(it's legal in Bolivia at least, it takes a whole field of leaves to make a small amount of coke, check out Evo Morales and his defense of the coca leaf)
Don't they use it in the tea to help one deal with the altitude? Opens up capillaries in the lungs or something, if I remember correctly...
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