Little quiz

18 levels of tea drinkers

Found this article somewhat interesting. A couple of them don’t make much sense even before translating due to lack of explanation. I am sure one can be at more than one place in your tea life. High lighted ones are where I feel I belong to currently.

-From lmen at Tea Obession

1. no tea, do not drink tea

2. do not like tea, can drink tea but do not like tea, usually are soft drink drinkers.

3. too lazy to drink tea, can drink tea, does not detest the flavor, but to lazy to make a cup of tea

4. lonely drinker, likes tea but too cheap to share tea with others.

5. business tea, loves tea and know what’s good tea, but only share when there is something to gain.

6. beautiful tea, drink tea for reason of pretty girls whom performs the art of tea

7. wake up tea, drink tea for caffeine effect.

8. meal tea, drink tea to aid digestion after meals.

9. learn tea, always a student when it comes to tea, learn not only tea, but the spirituality that tea brings, some what Zen.

10. love tea, tea nerds, enjoy the fun of smelling aroma, observing tea color, tasting flavor, where it’s from, what year is it, the physical being of tea.

11. addicted tea, only the flavor is important, what where and how are not their concern.

12. indulge tea, ones who would travel far to meet the tea.

13. Crazy tea, focus on Cha Tao intensely, narrow tracked mind.

14. above and beyond tea, mind without skill or skill without mind is just tea, without mind and skill is true tea.

15. treasure tea, treasure life and friendship. In life, you gain some and loose some, treasure friendship and treasure the moment, treasure tea that brings friendship, treasure the moments together.

16. happy tea, having tea is good, not having tea is also fine, love tea, but not controlled by tea.

17. watch tea, be happy just watching tea.

18. abandon tea, transcend to an other realm from tea.

This was quite eye opening. What category(s) do you fall into?

How much caffeine is in tea?

After reading Imen’s post on the subject at Tea Obsession I decided to write a bit on the subject myself. After reading an extensive amount of information from work and after hearing from other people. I have found that it really depends on a few things for how much caffeine will effect you.
One is diet. I work with vegans, one has stated that Matcha makes her jittery. Much like how I get when I have espresso or an Americano. This is not to say her diet is at fault but I believe it to be a big factor.
Two is health. I don’t have much to say on this as it should be straight forward. Some medications though, such as estrogen, can be effected by caffeine and have negative( or if your lucky positive) effects of the medication. Estrogen, according to a study, get’s reduced in the body up to 13% if you are consuming a high amount of green tea ( it stated just that one) because of the caffeine.
Three is level of activity. This should go into health but I find it separate. I have been watching my weight (not necessary but I do) and going for long long walks. This is not a high level of activity but it is something that falls into the category. This won’t necessarily effect how you take caffeine I think.

These three things count for many other things as well. But diet for me is the most important. If you consume alot of products which have caffeine in it already (energy drinks etc) then perhaps your body becomes immune to its effects. This is only a theory. We do not know.