Monday, 5 July 2010
Bromine of the Theo
Have read about the many chemicals in tea and often wondered why it seems like I stay more focused when I'm drinking pot after pot. LeafBoxTea had a great essay about busy people and tea drinking a while back, and at some point I'll figure out to link to other sites. Am sure it's easy. Just need to figure it out.
But then I was perusing the Teahacker's site, and he went into some detail about Theobromine. He breaks down theo, which means 'God(s)' and I thought bromine would mean murky dirty liquid. I learned there that bromine means 'food'. So, as he says there, this Theobromine is literally food of the gods.
When I was in school, there was a hilarious percussionist who I had an early morning class with...John something...and he'd slink into class looking like hell, with a big cup of coffee. He'd take a big, slurping sip, and say, 'Mmmmh...Coffee, nectar of the Gods.'
The thing is that I don't get the same results from coffee. I do from tea. When I drink more than a cup of coffee, my heart pounds in my chest. Tea only leaves me wanting more of it.
When I have a project to do, the constant accompaniment of my ever steaming mug of tea keeps me going. And the very best part is that when I eat sugar or drink coffee, there's nearly always a crash that follows. The spike is exciting and short-lived. With tea, it comes on slowly but eases away slowly. Very slowly. Wouldn't even call it a spike.
More like a slow burn.
Mmmmh...tea...bromine of the theo. Delicious stuff, this.