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Meeting the Word of Wisdom Half-Way

Seth - October 10, 2006

Ever felt like you were missing out by simply grabbing the “decaf” brands? Ever wanted to “drive your stagecoach six inches from the cliff” and wade into some good ol’ fashioned “appearance of evil?” Envious of all those snooty tea drinkers and their claims of fabulous hidden health benefits? Or are you simply looking to kick the habit and looking for a way to “ease into” the new you short of quitting cold turkey?

Well, the web site Tea Time World Wide has a useful trick for cutting 80% of the caffeine out of your morning tea (it’s at the bottom of the page).

Doesn’t solve the tanin problem of course… But perhaps you’ll take what you can get…

Props to Lifehacker for the heads-up on this (an unbelievably cool website for those who practically live in front of their computer).


  1. psst. There is no such thing as the tannin problem…

    Comment by J. Stapley — October 10, 2006 @ 8:01 pm

  2. You mean the Church doesn’t care about it?

    If so, our whole mission in Japan was a bit screwed up in that respect. We missionaries, all of us, referred to tanin as a “banned substance” so to speak.

    Comment by Seth R. — October 10, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

  3. Yeah. The tannin issue is farsical, a Mormon myth.

    Comment by J. Stapley — October 10, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

  4. Here’s a better idea:

    Grape juice and wine both come from grapes, right? Wine is (presumably) not Mormon kosher because it is fermented.


    Green tea and black tea both come from the tea plant, Camelilia sinensis. Black tea is fermented. Green tea is not. Drink grape juice, drink green tea.

    It’s also very good for you.

    Oh, and the official missionary discussions in German, state “schwarzer Tee,” “black tea” (a necessary clarification because “tea” in German means any infused drink).

    Have an iced green tea (with honey!) if you want to go one step further and avoid the “hot drinks” thing.

    Don’t worry, I’ve got it all figured out…

    (Nine Moons, where Ronan whispers temptation into the ears of the Saints. Lame really, how all into a twist we get over the WoW.)

    Comment by Ronan — October 11, 2006 @ 12:51 am

  5. I remember well the overwhelming wall of smell rolling down the shoten-gai from the tea shop as another lot of tea was processed–I presume they were grinding the leaves, but I’m not sure.

    Back then, and still, the aroma conjured up bovine urine. I never had any inclination to drink either the tea or the urine.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 11, 2006 @ 6:39 am

  6. http://hlt.at/site/html/1/02/1,02,03,001.html

    “BLACK” tea. (Official church website in Austria. The rest, is up to you…!)

    Comment by Ronan — October 11, 2006 @ 6:48 am

  7. You’re going to lead us all astray, Ronan.

    Comment by meems — October 11, 2006 @ 7:00 am

  8. “Don’t listen to him. He’s trying to lead you down the path of righteousness. I’m going to lead you down the path that ROCKS!”

    Emperor’s New Groove

    Comment by Seth R. — October 11, 2006 @ 8:56 am

  9. They wrote that instruction book for Austria before anyone there had heard of Japanese green tea.

    Comment by Mark B. — October 11, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  10. We’ve so screwed up Sect 89 and it’s original intent. I wish a modern prophet would have the balls to reverse HJG. The whole thing is one of the nonsensical aspects of the modern LDS church. Do the fundy polygs follow the four don’ts?

    Comment by Steve EM — October 11, 2006 @ 9:20 am

  11. Sip. Sip. Yum.

    Comment by Ronan — October 11, 2006 @ 10:22 am

  12. A girl at work let me try a drink she got at Starbucks yesterday. Iced chai or cheye I think it was called. It tasted like pumpkin pie in a glass, mmmhhhh. Now I gotta figure out how evil it was for me to drink it, because I really want another one.

    Comment by jjohnsen — October 13, 2006 @ 11:16 am

  13. If you reeeaallly want another… it’s probably evil.

    Comment by Hanna Tycc — October 13, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

  14. I used to get a caffiene-free chai at wild oats. I think it was Oregon Chai brand. Mix it up with milk and ice (or drink it hot). Yum!

    Comment by Kelli — October 13, 2006 @ 7:47 pm

  15. You guys… chai is black tea. Don’t shoot the messenger.

    Comment by meems — October 15, 2006 @ 6:08 am

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