Tea in the Morning, Tisane at Night


Because one has caffeine and the other doesn’t. And while most tea brewing techniques yield a caffeine level of about 23mg per 8 ounce cup, my larger mug and longer brewing time means that I’m consuming about 110mg per 16 oz mug.

Compare that to the 32mg in a 12 oz can of Coca-Cola, and you’ll agree that while tea may have less caffeine than an equal amount of coffee (95mg/8 oz cup), it’s still got the magic buzz-juice.

Which may or may not account for the fact that I’m a morning person, but only after I’ve had that all-important first cup of tea.


But in the late afternoon through the evening, and all the way to bedtime, it’s usually time to slow down and relax. And what I’ve found what works best for me (besides watching B-grade horror movies on Netflix) is sitting down with a good book and a cup of tisane. And to that end, my favorite blend is still the one it’s been since around 1984, when I first served it to my younger daughter: Celestial Seasonings’ Sleepytime Tea.

We’d often each have a cup of “sleepy tea, Daddy” as I’d read to her the latest chapter of “Winnie-the-Pooh,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” or a few poetry selections from “Now We Are Six.”

In fact, she was so much a fan of that tea that her grandmother once took advantage of a special campaign and bought her a metal replica of the Sleepytime tea box.

What’s In It?

Chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds. All weighing in at a total caffeine content of absolutely none.

Another of my favorites is their Red Zinger. It blends tangy and fruity hibiscus leaves with refreshing peppermint, sweet orange, lively lemongrass and earthy wild cherry bark.

In fact, check out their entire line of teas and tisanes!

A Correction

I said at the beginning that I only consider real tea to be harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant. I was wrong, and for this, I apologize. I recently discovered that my own personal tea, black Assam, comes from the Camellia sinensis assamica. I stand corrected.

Regardless, enjoy your tea!

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