I rarely go a day without coffee. You might even remember me “scoffing” at the idea of a tea lessening my desire for a cup o’ bitter joe.
I’m not here to say I’ve achieved coffee celibacy, no...but unlike any other herbal tea I’ve had, jiaogulan has the power to make me put that French press down.
There aren’t many substances that hover between medicine and anathema quite the way coffee does in the popular mind. It’s one of the best examples of how the internet, with its neverending slew of articles, can cause us to see one subject through a kaleidoscope of interpretations.
Whether coffee is “good” or “bad” depends on what blog you’re browsing and what channels you’re subscribed to.
Wherever you stand on the universal bean-brew, there’s no doubt that, in the era of globalization, coffee is ritually taken and used as a drug.
The caffeine rush coils around our brain in a moment of artificial ecstasy, and before you know it you’re going back for another fix.
In his book Food of the Gods, Terence McKenna says that coffee was the ideal drug for the Industrial Revolution, “enabling people to keep working at repetitious tasks that required concentration.”
It’s hard to argue that coffee isn’t a drug central to our society’s functioning.
That being as it may, it’s still true that coffee offers a lot of benefits beyond its addictive aspect. It’s just a matter of limiting coffee to its proper dosage. I’ve been having the realization recently that THIS is another example of jiaogulan’s golden value.
This tea is actually good enough that it can steal a couple of sip-sessions from coffee per day!
Think about it.
Say you’re drinking 3-5 cups of coffee on a daily basis.
This is a fun lifestyle in your youth (the kind that inspired a revolution in Paris coffee-houses!) but probably not one that is sustainable in the long-term.
You don’t want to be 45 with stomach ulcers, for example.
Instead of giving it up (or trying to) altogether, why not divert a couple of those daily cups to jiaogulan instead?
It’s been working very well for me, personally. I have one or two cups of coffee in the morning, and then for the rest of the day I brew up my Aum Tea jiaogulan.
It feels great, and it keeps me from approaching that “4-cup” threshold that can become a dangerous habit.
The other cool thing is that some of the problems caused by too much coffee can be remedied by drinking jiaogulan everyday. If the caffeine has you feeling stressed out, jiaogulan is there for your stress-relief.
If it disrupts your sleeping pattern, jiaogulan can bring your system to equilibrium, allowing you to get some rest.
Seems like “poetic justice” to me!
Remember, these are just my personal experiences with drinking jiaogulan and incorporating it into my lifestyle. Some people might find that they feel differently, and that’s cool!
But in the ongoing quest for a satisfying “coffee replacement”, I think it’s worth noting that jiaogulan can make the process a lot easier.
Oops, I think that whistling sound is my water boiling...see you in a couple cups!