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bluemoon4515 Nov 9, 2009 06:28 PM

I'm looking for some quality caffeine free teas to give to my dad as a gift. Anyone have any favorites or know a good source?

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  1. Full tummy Nov 9, 2009 08:56 PM

    Where do you live? I would highly recommend rooibos teas. Rooibos doesn't have caffeine in it, and it comes in a wide variety of flavours, depending on where you live, of course.

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    1. re: Full tummy
      Scrofula Nov 10, 2009 02:35 AM

      I'll second the recommendation for rooibos, though I'd recommend starting with the unflavored stuff. Flavored rooibos is actually a little harder to find than plain rooibos, but it's nice to know what it's supposed to taste like before getting all fancy.

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        Full tummy Nov 10, 2009 06:12 AM

        I think it depends on where you're from, as to what's easier. I live in Toronto, and even my local grocery store sells it, but I'm pretty sure it's all of the flavoured variety. There may be a straight rooibos among the flavours, though.

        I would probably try to get him both, depending on his preferences. Rooibos is a different flavour that some may not like at first, and so the flavours, often fruit, add an element of familiarity to an otherwise unusual (rooibos) flavour.

        I have been drinking rooibos for a few years now and gravitated towards it because I smelled a blend in a tea shop that I just loved.

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          Scrofula Nov 10, 2009 12:44 PM

          Doh, I meant plain rooibos is a little harder to find than the flavored stuff; not the other way around. At least, that's the case where I live.

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            Full tummy Nov 10, 2009 01:28 PM

            Hahaha, that makes more sense.

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      bluemoon4515 Nov 10, 2009 06:39 PM

      I live in Birmingham, AL...near enough to Atlanta to make a trip there...and online stores are good, too.

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        Full tummy Nov 10, 2009 07:01 PM

        Maybe you should post to your local Board asking where one can buy rooibos in Birmingham or Atlanta area...

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          Emme Nov 10, 2009 10:59 PM

          i hope no one throws things at me, but i used to love Tazo teas - the passions flavor in the purple colored bags... a nice fruity (hibiscus IIRC) mild flavor... always my favorite when i go to Starbucks.

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            bluemoon4515 Nov 11, 2009 04:21 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into finding those around here.

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          easily amused Nov 11, 2009 12:50 AM

          Having been Caffeine-free since 1986... I can attest the product lines have come along way.
          I prefer tea in a bag for the convenience and portability. I also like non-flavored black teas.
          Many grocery store chains carry their brands of Decaf tea...sometimes ,...it can be a lot of sampling to find one's individual preference for taste.
          Trader Joe's have a number of choices, Target's Archer farms, Lipton, Typhoo, Bromley,
          Usually one's town/city will have a local specialty tea shop ( Depending on your location) to help you build a "Tea Gift Basket" if that is what you had in mind.

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            HillJ Nov 11, 2009 06:34 AM

            Rooibos or Honey tea get my vote too!

            http://www.adagio.com/
            Adagio offers a very affordable sampler set of both types.

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              chowmel Nov 11, 2009 04:39 PM

              I buy decaf teas from upton tea co. I have in the house now their decaf Chai ( a touch of red pepper for a bite) decaf sweet orange, decaf premium Assam and decaf premium Darjeeling. You can buy them in tins. They put your name on the tin label but you can change it to your dad's. They ship quickly too.( On the site the decafs are under the Misc teas).

              www.uptontea.com

              1. greygarious Nov 11, 2009 09:29 PM

                http://www.bigelowtea.com/Catalog/Cat...

                This is a link to the gift sets of Bigelow teas, including decaf sets. I always have decaffeinated Constant Comment in the house (sold at supermarkets). Almost as good as the caffeinated. There's also a green tea version of CC, but it has caffeine.

                1. KaimukiMan Nov 11, 2009 09:37 PM

                  if you want to open up the horizons a bit, and move away from tea leaf tea.... when i lived in korea they made tea (infusion) out of roasted barley, very tasty, very "tea-like", and very non-caffinated.

                  if you have a korean or asian grocery nearby, they will know about it.

                  mexican hibiscus teas can be very good too, but I don't know that much about them.

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                    Tripeler Nov 12, 2009 12:58 AM

                    Roasted barley tea (mugicha) is a staple drink during Japanese summer. I have even had Korean corn tea. Quite good.

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                      travelmad478 Nov 12, 2009 05:59 AM

                      Hibiscus is great--you just take dried hibiscus flowers and pour boiling water over them. I put in a couple of drops of lemon juice and a spoonful of honey. Yum. I get the dried hibiscus in bulk from bulkfoods.com.

                      Rooibos is my absolute favorite. I have been drinking this for years, since I travel a lot to South Africa, where it is routinely offered alongside "English" (black) tea. The beauty part is that down there, you can get giant boxes of rooibos tea bags for the same price as regular tea--not like the insane prices they charge for a tiny 20-bag box here.

                      I also drink mint tea--but you have to be careful that you are drinking just mint leaves in boiling water, not black tea that is flavored with mint. In Israel, mint tea is very common--just a glass of boiling water with some sprigs of mint in it. Again, drink with a little lemon and some honey.

                      A recent vacation in Laos introduced me to lemon grass tea. Delicious!

                      A couple of years ago, Republic of Tea came out with several blends of "Jerry Garcia" branded teas. The "Magic Herb" was caffeine free and excellent. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be available anymore. I had three packages of it that I got half price from a supermarket going out of business, but now it's all gone...sniff!

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                      chococat Nov 12, 2009 01:17 PM

                      If you really want caffeine FREE tea, avoid "decaffeinated" teas-- they still contain ~5% of the caffeine since no extraction method is 100% effective.

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                        Full tummy Nov 12, 2009 02:06 PM

                        Didn't know that, thanks. So, that would make rooibos a great option, since it never had caffeine to begin with...

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                        megmosa Nov 12, 2009 02:52 PM

                        I'm a fan of Numi's Dry Desert Lime tea. It's basically just dried lime. It's very limey...and good, I think. They have a rooibos tea too, I believe. Their mint tea is also excellent.

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