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20 December 2015

Typhoo Decaf Tea

Caffeine has its good points. But for various reasons (including doctors orders) some people must avoid, or at least severely limit, their caffeine intake.

True, tea does not contain as much caffeine as coffee. And anyway, technically the substance similar to caffeine in tea is theine. The alertness that the theine in tea produces in most individuals is less jittery than that of caffeine. Still some require decaffeinated tea.

Tea, in my opinion, does not keep its regular tea taste after decaffeination as well as coffee. My choice for the best decaffeinated black tea was — until this last trial — Typhoo decaf tea. I originally tried it because its advertising claimed it to be “the most popular decaf in England.”

The previous box of Typhoo decaf I bought (about a year ago) I thought very good. But this latest box I have been drinking for the past several months has a whang that I find unpleasant. Experimenting with various brewing times I find that three minutes, one teabag to 2 cups water dilutes the whang. But there is a very fine line between adding enough water that you cannot taste the whang — and adding so much water that the cup of tea has no taste. Period.

Not until I put the digital photo file of the image at the top of the page up on my screen, did I notice that the leaves on my Mikasa teacup had exactly the two shades of green as on the tea leaves on the Typhoo decaf box. This was not planned. I just used the cup and creamer for the photo that I had on table from my breakfast.

While I don’t think this current manifestation of Typhoo decaf is as good as I remember the previous box tasting, the secret in keeping the whang down is plenty of water and not letting the brewing time go a second over 3 minutes.

image: Box Typhoo Decaf teabags with Anne's teacup and creamer..

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